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Design Technology

Year 6 Design Technology

Design Technology at Thorpe House School incorporates aspects of Systems and control, Resistant materials, Graphics and Textiles. Within all these areas of study we also have links to physics, science, maths and ICT.  The aim of lessons in Years 5 to 8 is to provide a broad and balanced overview of the subject through a mixture of practical and theoretical tasks, as well as prepare pupils in order to make an informed choice about opting for Design Technology in year 9.


The subject is taught by the Head of Design Technology in the school’s DT Workshop. Each pupil has access to the equipment such as a selection of machine tools as well as hand tools within their practical lessons.  They are also provided with access to laptops that allow access the various software used within the DT curriculum that assists in various design tasks as well as programming of integrated circuits.

Autumn Term

Cam Buggy (RM)

Resistant materials based
Manufactured boards.
Movement (Linear, reciprocating, oscillating, rotary)
Levers (first second third class)
Linkages (Reverse parallel bell crank and slider
Movement – cams(circular pear snail and heart) templates

Practical task

Cam buggy using choice of cams

Spring Term

Electronics- Switch

Client research
Practical Task
Making a diaphragm switch contained in a box type packaging
Component identification
Populating PCB
Identify resistors
Circuit diagrams
Soldering process
Nets for packaging
Graphic design

Summer Term

Desk Tidy(CAD/CAM)

Client research
Product research
Modelling (card)
CAD (2DV2)
CAM Laser
Hot wire bending


Acrylic Desk Tidy