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Design Technology

Year 7 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

Graphic Skills:

Skills Booklet
Drawing skills both hand-drawn
and ICT based using 2DV2 software as well as Google Sketchup to present their skills

Page setup/drawing types
Identify icons
Manipulation of drawings
Adding Render
Scaling of drawings/sections
Insert/connect new
Design /present scaled building

Spring Term


Practical Task
Making a Steady Hand game. Design, etch, populate and mount PCB to base and background.
Present as complete project for assessment
Reading resistors
Value/identification of components
Correct placement of components (use of layout template allowed)
PCB manufacturing (etch, expose, drill, solder)
Types of transistors and thyristors

Uses of above
Identification of component parts
Circuit layouts and presentation 
Graphic presentation on backboard

Summer Term

Handheld Games project:

Resistant materials based
Processes, manufacturing, tools, machinery.
Design processes – hand and ict
Ideas presented
Rendering of designs
Materials list
Stages of manufacture

Practical: Puzzle or ball game

Prepare materials
Wasting processes (cut, file, sand etc)
Testing of product
Improvements and adjustment
Finishing processes
Final presentation of product in including packaging