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Welcome to the Technology Department at York High School!

DT Subject staff

Miss T Tattersall:

Mr G Panther-Whittiker

KS3 Overview

In the department you will study designing and manufacturing using wood, metal, polymers and card.

You will be using 2D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and the laser cutter to create quality products.

You will learn how mechanisms and structures work in products and as well as using 2D CAD to create a shop quality product using systems and control.

You will manually manufacture products by hand and with the use of jigs.

Key Skills

2D CAD – 2D Design, 3D CAD - Solid modelling (Autodesk Fusion 360), Photoshop – Graphic design, 3D Printing – additive manufacturing, CNC manufacturing – Laser cutter and Router, Types of jointing – dowel, housing and butt, types of paper, board, card, wood, metal, & polymers. Iterative design, designers Dyson, , accuracy, use of handsaws, try squares, safety rule, Tenon saw, hegner scroll saw, jigs, modelling in card, Styrofoam, finishing skills – sanding, varnishing, oiling, staining, painting. Drawing – isometric and orthographic.

KS3 Topics

Graphic design, modelling, sketching skills, working with wood- polymers & metal, mechanisms, 2D CAD, electronics, packaging nets, CNC manufacturing, metal casting, laser cutting.

KS4 Overview

Design and technology

Year 10:

Year 10 is designed to cover a breadth of topics covered in the AQA Design Technology specification, delivered with an engaging mix of practical and theory based lessons. The topics covered are:

  • Skill sticks: Polymer, metals and timbers.
  • 3D CAD
  • 3D Printing
  • Mock NEA
  • CNC Machining– Basics & Systems and control
  • Theory – Core Technical Principals (CTP) & Specialist Technical Principals (STP).

Exam board links

Revision Materials: Design and Technology

Collins Design and Technology AQA all in one revision and practice book ISBN 978-0-00-822740-1