In Year 7 students follow a half year programme where they make a series of products to help develop their hand skills, design and presentation of work. They make a small wooden train to learn chiselling, plaining and jointing. They then make a travel 'noughts and crosses' game focusing on cross halving joint and finishing. They will package this and look at logo design, company identity and presentation skills. Students then use hand skills and wire manipulation to make a chain and pendant which is cold enamelled. The final project is a small mobile phone pouch to learn applique and hand sewing skills.
In Year 8 students once again have a half year programme and make more complex projects focusing on wider aspects of design, for example:
- A pewter cast pendant with an emphasis on finishing metal;
- A celebration card using pop up mechanisms;
- A money box using CAD and CAM to cut parts;
- A zentangle pouch looking at freehand drawing and pattern making.
In Year 9, students choose which area of DT they have most enjoyed and make products in their chosen specialism:
In Resistant Materials they make a Scroll formed product and learn to braise and paint metal. They will make a trinket box and design the top to have a laser etched design. Finally, they design and CAM manufacture a miniature piece of modern slot together furniture.
In Graphics they will learn technical drawing skills: one and two point perspective, isometric, oblique and rendering, enlargement, interior design and modelling using the laser cutter.