D&T KS3

Innovation through iterative design

Learning and improving through risk-taking and experimentation

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Summary

Experiencing the freedom of a truly iterative approach to designing can be an inspiring yet daunting process, especially for the teacher. Although trying to reduce the rigid structure of a linear design approach, this unit adds enough scaffolding and idea-generating suggestions to enable innovation and inspiration to flow freely without restriction. Students are encouraged to design and model in a way that suits them best, using strategies that work to avoid design fixation, resulting in individual or collaborative outcomes. 

What's included

The currently available units have been written to satisfy the new National Curriculum for Design and Technology. They are designed for teaching at KS3 but individual lessons in some units may also be appropriate for teaching Key Stages 2 or 4, particularly where Year 10 students may not previously have been exposed to certain topics.

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What people say...

Fantastic resources that engage students and motivate teachers. Many thanks.

Joshua Wright. Head of ICT, Honiton Community College

Very visual units - great for engaging students.

Alison Simmons. Head of ICT, Ursuline High School Wimbledon

Inside the Unit...

  • Lessons Covered

    • Lesson 1 Identifying local issues 
    • Lesson 2 First ideas can be the best - DMA pt1
    • Lesson 3 Testing, evaluating and modifying
    • Lesson 4 Prototyping 1
    • Lesson 5 Prototyping 2
    • Lesson 6 Is it ready yet?

    There are 6 worksheets, homework tasks and an assessment in this unit.

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