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Exmouth Community College

Exmouth Community CollegeAcademy Trust

Key Stage 3

We offer a wide range of Design and Technology (D&T) projects in KS3.  The year, is broken into four quarters, with students studying Food technology, Textiles technology and two sections of D&T.  The KS3 projects are designed to give students a broad understanding of the subject and different material areas so that they have developed the basic skills, processes and techniques required to be able to progress to GCSE courses.

The KS3 projects are as follows: 

Year 7:  Textiles - using surface decoration techniques to produce a diary cover.  Food - promoting healthy eating through theory and a variety of practical tasks.  D&T Graphics -packaging task based on earphone wraps and an introduction to the workshops with CAD/CAM and production of a key rack and mobile phone stand.

Year 8:  Textiles - using tie dye, applique and decorative techniques to produce a themed cushion.  Food - energy foods theory and a variety of practical tasks.   D&T - sustainability and recycling of plastics to produce a USB lamp as well as a skills based photo frame project and materials theory.

In year 9 students are able to specialise in two material areas and spend their year between the two subjects. Students start to learn the theory, techniques and processes needed to be successful at GCSE on these courses as well as developing their creativity and independence in practical situations.

Year 9:  Textiles - researching into artists and designers on given themes to produce sample and final garments. Developing a wide range of decorative techniques including needle felting and free machine embroidery.  Food - ethnic foods theory and a variety of practical tasks.  D&T - Using wooden joints to produce a  small storage box, introduction into metal work through jewellery design as well as STEM projects and competitions. Graphics-developing a range of graphical print and design techniques including the use of ICT to create promotional materials. Engineering-introduction into metal work and the engineering workshop, learning a wide range of processes including CNC lathes and Plasma cutter.