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Design Technology

Year 8 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

Note Holder (RM)

Design/research booklet
Materials- wood
Hard/soft/manmade boards
Properties of materials
Marking out
Wasting techniques (chiselling/sanding/drilling/cutting)
Finishing techniques/uses

Practical Project: Oak note holder

Cutting to size
Marking out using template
Drilling holes for mount
Cutting to shape
Chiseling of mechanism and mount
Filing to line 
Drill mount hole/test

Spring Term

Speaker (systems and control)

Design/research booklet
Component identification
Function of components
Correct placement in PCBs
Amplifier circuits
Correct use of components/polarity
Electronic Design rules
Casing Design(graphics)
Design casing 2DV2 for CAM

Practical Project: Circuit/casing

Manufacture PCB (expose, etch, drill and populate)
Wiring of speaker
Testing circuit
Manufacture casing using CAD/CAM
Mount circuit in casing
Final testing

Summer Term

Graphics/ Room Design

2DV2/Sketchup/Card modelling
Design layouts
Scaling 20:1, 200:1 etc
Dimensions of buildings: walls, doors, windows etc
Standardised sizing
Area, volume calculations
Materials choices
Client considerations/choices
Pricing/cutsheet for materials
Design layouts

Practical Project: Card Modelling/CAD

2D design version (plan view)
3D design layout 
Card/hard modelling of room.