Product Design Year 7
‘Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.’ Joe Sparano
At Carshalton High School for Girls we believe the teaching of Design and Technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies, by learning to think creatively.
Product Design calls for students to become problem solvers, both as individuals and in groups - looking for needs, wants and opportunities and responding to them by developing a range of ideas, making products and systems.
Practical skills are combined with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. Throughout the Design and Technology (D&T) course at Carshalton High School for Girls students are encouraged to reflect on and evaluate present and past D&T, its uses and effects.
Through D&T, all students can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.
The Product Design course in Year 7 gives students the opportunity to:
- Select and use tools, equipment and processes to shape and form materials safely and accurately and finish them appropriately
- Explore the properties of a range of contrasting materials, including softwood, man-made board and plastics
- Understand how to create an electrical circuit and use soldering techniques
- Complete design challenges that encourage ‘thinking outside the box’
- Analyse products and judge the quality of other people's products
Students complete projects that incorporate resistant materials and graphical communication techniques. These include:
- Letter Rack
- Flashing Badge
- Linkage Toy
Students are set tasks of designing and making. They make choices about the product, the aspects of its design and observe, explore and experience a range of materials and tools. They can examine and express their opinions on a number of different designs.
- practice a range of conventional drawing styles and views
- practice a variety of rendering techniques
- practice a range of cutting, joining, shaping and forming processes
- use paper and cardboard to model
- use basic CAD in 2D
- test and evaluate their product
Students work on a DMA (Design and Make assignment) where they bring together what they have learned to make a product fit for purpose.