Design and Technology

DT Teachers

  • Mrs C Owen (Subject Leader)
  • Mr N Henderson
  • Mr A Norton
  • Mr R Stansbridge

In Design and Technology at Richard Challoner, we are committed to providing an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which works within a supportive, caring Christian community. By nurturing student’s creativity and design skills we hope to develop the autonomous problem solvers of the future. Our proactive approach helps to engage students and develop high achieving learners who produce quality outcomes in a variety of formats. Our focus is upon giving our students the tools, knowledge and information they need to become more effective, more experienced and more efficient. This is achieved through imaginative teaching and learning, that embraces new technologies, whilst retaining the best of traditional practice. Our focus is influenced and underpinned by contemporary design practice, particularly in areas relating to STEM. Above all we aim to encourage a respectful, creative and innovative atmosphere, which allows students to take risks in a safe and positive environment, all of which is underpinned by secure knowledge and understanding.

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Teachers of KS3: Mrs C Owen, Mr A Norton and Mr R Stansbridge.

Year 7

Manufacturing: Systems and Control. Electronic Doorbell.

  • Basic systems.
  • Soldering.
  • Electronic components and circuits.
  • Use of Vacuum forming, Pillar Drill and Jigs.

Design development: Designing with Polymers

  • Design Styles.
  • Exploration of Plastics using laser cutting and Adhesives.
  • 2D Design.
  • Inspiration: Dyson

Real world design 1: Gears and Levers.

  • Ranges of motion
  • Transfer of motion
  • Names and classifications of different types of motion, gears, levers and cams.

Real world design 2: Engineering Day – 1 whole day of design challenges.

  • Teamwork
  • Careers
  • Problem solving
  • Creative thinking

Year 8

Manufacturing: Metal manufacturing – varied processes. Candle holder.

  • Brazing.
  • Annealing.
  • Dip Coating.
  • Hollowing.

Design development: Designing through sketching & prototypes.

  • Biomimicry design.
  • Iterative Design.
  • Aerodynamics.
  • Prototype development.
  • Design and development.

Real world design: Computer controller re-design

  • Smart Materials.
  • 123D Design.
  • CAD/CAM.
  • Social, moral and ethical issues
  • Inspiration: Apple Company.

Year 9

Manufacturing: Manufacturing using Timber.

  • Timber Joints.
  • Staining.
  • Routing.
  • Gantt Chart – Planning
  • Adhesives.

Design development: Designing using Pewter casting

  • 2D Design
  • Cultural design.
  • User focus design.
  • Casting.
  • Design development.
  • Production lines.

Real world design: Iterative design: Designing with Technology

  • Moral Issues.
  • Problem solving.
  • Iterative design.
  • Programming.
  • New technologies.
  • Developing Specifications.
  • Inspiration: Philippe Starck