Product Design/Engineering Design

YearTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7
(9/10 week rotation)
Slotable Project:
- Students produce a slotable model using plywood. They learn how to use a range of tools, coping saw, vice, hand files, and understand the health and safety that goes along side working in a workshop. They complete a range of design ideas which are annotated. They use self and peer assessment to help evaluate their work. They learn to understand a manufacturing process, Q/C and Q/A. They also learn how to produce a working prototype of their design before completing their work in wood.
Year 8
(9/10 week rotation)
Abstract clock
- A clock which contains abstract elements, is unusual and unique. Students understand how to produce a working template and the importance of this.
- Workshop skills include using a variety of equipment including CAD/CAM with vinyl cutters, pillar drills, sanding disc, hand files, coping saws and a variety of decorative techniques.
Year 9
(2 x 9 week rotations)
First 9 weeks - Rotation 1:
- Students produce a wooden bird feeder, which uses a range of specific joints. Mitre joint, finger joint, lap joint and dowel joint.
- They produce a range of isometric drawings and working drawings for their design.
- They consider the manufacturing processes and component parts, involved in production, looking at health and safety aspects along the way. Bird feeders are finished using a range of decorative techniques with a strong emphasis on using recycled materials.

Second 9 weeks - Rotation 2:
- Students produce a pizza cutter handle which focuses on anthropometrics and ergonomics. This is a higher level project which links into KS4. Students learn how to apply graphic rendering to their design ideas using a variety of methods which show different textures of materials.
- They produce a 3D card prototype and a Styrofoam model before starting their handle in wood.
- They learn how to produce a Gantt chart and understand what a Pugh matrix is. Work is completed in the workshop using a range of tools including chisels. A blade is then fitted to complete the pizza cutter.
Year 10OCR Cambridge Nationals - Engineering: Design:
Skill building through a series of Mini Projects which includes a variety of practical knowledge & design techniques.

Unit 1: Product Analysis - Learners gain practical experience of product analysis of engineered products through research, product assembly and disassembly procedures. Equates to 25% of the overall qualification.

Unit 3: One hour written examination equating to 25% of overall qualification. Learners will demonstrate their understanding of the overall design process through study of the design cycle, requirements of a design specification to develop a new product and understanding of the wider influences on the design on new products.
Year 11Unit 2: Presenting Engineering Designs - Learners generate design ideas through a mixture of detailed hand rendering and computer-based presentation techniques including 2D and 3D computer-aided design.

Equates to 25% of the overall qualification.

Unit 4: 3D Design Realisation - Learners apply practical skills to produce a prototype model, evaluating the prototype, comparing the outcome against the specification, suggesting potential improvements to the final product.