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Year 7

In year 7, pupils are introduced to designing and making Electronic Products through a short project on the theme of celebration. They will generate a range of creative ideas, and realise their designs using materials such as acrylic and MDF and a variety of rendering techniques. Pupils also design and make a simple circuit using LEDs, copper track and a battery holder.

They learn new skills, including soldering and bending acrylic, and develop their knowledge of using safe working methods.

Aims of the project:

  • To learn how to design simple electronic circuits
  • To learn and practise making skills, including soldering and line-bending acrylic
  • To learn about different cultures and faiths to help inspire creative and original design ideas
  • To learn methods of circuit testing
  • To learn and develop further safe working practices in a workshop.

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Year 8

In year 8, pupils build upon the skills and techniques from year 7 by designing and manufacturing an automatic night light. They manufacture and assemble an electronic circuit using components including resistors, transistors, light-dependent resistors and LEDs and learn how to test and evaluate circuits. Pupils also design and make a housing for the circuit.

They are encouraged to generate challenging, creative and original ideas for a client. Pupils can use a variety of materials for the housing and there is an emphasis on producing high quality products.

Aims of the project:

  • To be able to recognise and name basic electronic components, and to understand their function within a circuit
  • To learn how to safely drill, assemble and test high quality circuits
  • To learn how the needs and requirements of a client affects the design of a product
  • To develop a range of rendering techniques to produce an image for their design
  • To develop manufacturing planning skills
  • To further practise making skills including sawing, sanding, drilling, line-bending and soldering whilst maintaining high levels of safety in the workshop.

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Year 9

In year 9, pupils design and manufacture a point-of sale display to store and attract customers to an electronic product. They manufacture and assemble a pulse-generator circuit which uses a triple-five integrated circuit and LEDs, and design a casing for the product. They learn about integrated circuits, their uses and applications as well as other new components. Pupils are encouraged to produce sophisticated and attractive cases, and can use a variety of production techniques, including laser-cutting and creating vinyl graphics. The project allows pupils to really challenge themselves, as well as develop and build upon some of the skills they already have.

Aims of the project:

  • To learn about the function, uses and applications of integrated circuits
  • To further develop circuit construction and testing skills
  • To learn how to generate designs using TechSoft 2-D design software
  • To learn how to use a laser cutter and a vinyl plotter
  • To practise and develop graphical communication skills to help plan their designs
  • To learn about various methods used to assemble acrylic items.

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GCSE 

The subject allows pupils to design and make high quality electronic products with creativity, originality and flair, using a wide range of components and materials to package an electronic circuit. Pupils will also learn about the use and function of components and circuits and they will design and manufacture their own circuit designs. The subject also fosters awareness of sustainability and environmental issues and pupils will study manufacturing in industry.

Pupils will design and make an electronic dice in year 10, where they develop and learn new making skills, including vacuum-forming and bread-boarding.  Pupils also design their own circuit to be used in a ‘steady hand game’, and learn how to use circuit simulation software.

Throughout year 10, they will develop their theory skills, and learn how components and circuits actually function.

Towards the end of year 10, pupils start their GCSE controlled assessment coursework and will be completed during February of year 11.

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