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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Design Technology Year 10

'Designing is not a profession but an attitude. Design has many connotations. It is the organisation of materials and processes in the most productive way, in a harmonious balance of all elements necessary for a certain function. It is the integration of technological, social, and economical requirements, biological necessities, and the psychological effects of materials, shape, colour, volume and space. Thinking in relationships.'

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Co-Founder, Bauhaus

Students take on the role of a product designer creating everyday products. Students present their ideas in many ways, depending upon the product and the stage of the design. They use drawings, photography and computer-generated images to explain and produce models to sell their ideas.

Students use graphic techniques and ICT, including computer aided manufacture to develop, model and communicate design proposals. Different societies, age, cultural, environmental and historical issues need to be considered in the planning of and designing of these products. Students may use a broad range of materials in the modelling, prototyping or manufacture of their products such as paper/card, timber-based materials, metals, plastics, polystyrene, Styrofoam, textiles and Plaster of Paris.

Students considering taking Design and Technology as a GCSE will complete a 6 week ‘taster’ session which will introduce them to new skills as well as building on existing knowledge.

The GCSE is run as a three-year programme commencing in January of Year 9.

Year 10 GCSE Design and Technology

During the first term, students take part in the Design Ventura competition organised and run by the Design Museum.   Students will work in teams and take part in a museum workshop to design a product and create a pitch that could result in the product being manufactured and sold in the Design Museum shop.  In the second term students complete a mock coursework project, where they experience manipulating, joining and shaping a range of materials to produce a final product in the form of a light or amplifier. This project prepares students for their coursework and exam modules in Year 11 where they will design and manufacture a product of their choice under a set theme released by the exam board.

The GCSE coursework question is released on 1st June and is worth 50% of the final grade.