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KS3 DT : Range and Content

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3. Range and content

This section outlines the breadth of the subject on which teachers should draw when teaching the key concepts and key processes.
The curriculum should include resistant materials, systems and control and at least one of food or textiles product areas.
 
In each product area the study of designing should include understanding of:
  • users’ needs and the problems arising from them
  • the criteria used to judge the quality of products, including fitness for purpose, the extent to which they meet a clear need and whether resources have been used appropriately
  • the impact of products beyond meeting their original purpose and how to assess products in terms of sustainability
  • aesthetic, technical, constructional and relevant wider issues that may influence designing, selection of materials, making and product development.
 
The study of making in food should include:
  • a broad range of practical skills, techniques, equipment and standard recipes, and how to use them to develop, plan and cook meals and single or multiple products
  • how to plan and carry out a broad range of practical cooking tasks safely and hygienically
  • healthy eating models relating to a balanced diet, the nutritional needs of different groups in society and the factors affecting food choice and how to take these into account when planning, preparing and cooking meals and products
  • the characteristics of a broad range of ingredients, including their nutritional, functional and sensory properties.
The study of making in resistant materials and textiles should include:
  • a broad range of techniques, including handcraft skills and CAD/CAM, and how to use them to ensure consistency and precision when making single and multiple products
  • the behaviour of structural elements in a variety of materials
  • how to use materials, smart materials, technology and aesthetic qualities to design and make products of worth
  • how to prepare and assemble components to achieve functional results.
  • The study of making in systems and control should include:
  • the practical application of systems and control in design proposals
  • electrical, electronic, mechanical, microprocessor and computer control systems and how to use them effectively
  • using systems and control to assemble subsystems into more complex systems
  • feedback and how a variety of inputs can give rise to a variety of outputs.
The study of making in systems and control should include:
  • the practical application of systems and control in design proposals
  • electrical, electronic, mechanical, microprocessor and computer control systems and how to use them effectively
  • using systems and control to assemble subsystems into more complex systems
  • feedback and how a variety of inputs can give rise to a variety of outputs.
 

 
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