S1-S3 Course Information
Designing and making a mahogany desk tidy. Focus on conservation of materials, safety, use of machines and use of tools.
Designing and making an acrylic clock. Focus on finishing techniques, safety, use of machines and tools.
S1 Energy and Electronics
Contexts and challenges, Analogue Electronics and Digital Electronics. Focus on Environmental impacts, using specialist software and understanding circuits.
S2 Bridge Building
Designing, modelling and testing a bridge. Focus on the role of an Engineer, effects on society and the application of Maths and Physics.
S3 Programming Electronics
Introduction to programming and designing everyday solutions. Focus on using specifications, evaluating products and effects on the user, the environment and cost.
S1 Skill Building
An introduction to Orthographic Drawing and 3D Modelling. A focus on draughstmanship, use of equipment and evaluating work.
S2 Developing Skills
Continuation of Orthographic Drawing with the introduction of other 2D drawing types. Continued and more complex 3D Modelling
S3 Meeting a Brief
Applying skills learned in S1&2 to practical briefs & some sketching techniques. Focus on the roles of Designers, Architects and Engineering in relation to Graphics.
Homework is issued for all subjects at an appropriate stage in each topic, this may be in the form of written answers, calculations, Edmodo quizzes, or idea generation for craft projects. Homework is issued to enhance or reinforce the teaching taking place in the classroom.
Skills development – Learning Life and Work
Team work, tools used and Health and Safety practices used within the workshop relate closely to the world of work. The course hits the majority of the top 10 employability skills suggested by STEMNET. Within Engineering Science learnersare continuously working as if they are Engineers. They are given lifelike challenges to come up with creative solutions for, and they research various careers. The communication, technology and manual skills learned in Graphic Communication, can be related to very specific jobs such as Designers and Architects.
Literacy is enhanced by team work which aids listening and taking account of various viewpoints. Graphic Communication looks at the presenting and visual impact of communication. Numeracy is visited via measurement, accuracy and formula. Learners develop a responsibility to monitor each other’s safety within the workshop.