Design and Technology: A Journey Through Key Stage 3 Resistant Materials

Design and Technology: A Journey Through Key Stage 3 Resistant Materials


Charlotte Hewitt
Charlotte Hewitt
Design and Technology: A Journey Through Key...

The students in Years 7, 8, and 9 have been hard at work, honing their design and crafting skills to produce impressive projects.

Year 7: Pewter Cast Keyrings

In Year 7, students have been exploring the art of pewter casting to create unique and personalised keyrings. Armed with coping saws and files, they created moulds and cast their pewter. The meticulous use of filing techniques, including draw filing and cross filing, has been employed to refine and smooth the edges of their creations. To add a final touch of brilliance, students used wet and dry paper to polish their pewter keyrings to perfection. The result? A collection of stunning and individualised keyrings that showcase both creativity and craftsmanship.

Year 8: Animal Organisers

Year 8 students took on the challenge of designing and creating animal-shaped organisers, drawing inspiration from the natural world. Beginning with quality cardboard models, they brought their concepts to life. Utilising Computer-Aided Design (CAD) with 2D design, students transitioned their ideas onto the computer, enabling them to draw intricate designs and cut them out using the laser cutter. This integration of traditional craftsmanship with modern technology resulted in a series of innovative and functional prototypes.

Year 9: The Finger Box Project – Exploring Design Movements

In Year 9, students have embarked on the Finger Box Project, delving into isometric drawing as a means to communicate their design ideas. Choosing design movements from the past century as their inspiration, students are challenged to infuse historical aesthetics into their creations. With a keen focus on client requirements, students have the freedom to decide what they’d like to store in their finger boxes. This project not only sharpens design skills but also encourages a deeper understanding of design history and its impact on contemporary creations.

We look forward to sharing more exciting updates and pictures of the finished products!

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