The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 12 Product Design Curriculum

    Key topics to be taught this year:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Further details about the topic

    Skills

    1

    Product Design theory; Timbers, metals, Polymers, Processes, Specialist tools, Composites, Papers and Boards,

    Materials and components

    Understanding interaction with our environments

    2

    Influencing factors of design, Design Movements Focused practical tasks

    Ergonomics and design influences

     

     

    Working with technology. Trialling and testing materials and processes including CAD and CAM

    Spring Term

     

     

     

    1

    Digital Technology, design tasks, Smart modern materials

    Design and Market influences

    Working directly with materials, tools and equipment to model and create

    2

    Digital Technology, design tasks, Smart modern materials

    Design and Market influences

    Working directly with materials, tools and equipment to model and create

    Summer Term

     

     

     

    1

    NEA – Establishing a problem to study

    Investigating needs, wants and values of the client / user

    Analysis skills

    2

    NEA

    Research and Specification

    Defining the problem that needs to be solved

    Assessments:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Type of Assessment

    CAT 1

    Materials, components and construction

     

    Development, prototypes and knowledge tests of material, components and construction

    Spring Term

     

     

    CAT 2

    Exam questions

    Materials components and construction and design theories

    Summer Term

     

     

    CAT 3

    End of year exam

    Exam covering units 1-7

    Main Resources:

    Resource

    Details

    Term

    Text books

    Edexcel A Level Product Design

    All

    Recommended reading

    Eco Design

    Concept Design

    Ergonomic Design

    All

    Recommended Software

    Solidworks

    All

    Enrichment opportunities:

    Activity

    Day and time or term

    Coursework ‘Catch up’ and improvement time

    Lunchtimes at the discretion of the teacher