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Sock Monkey Soft Toy - Full lesson by lesson scheme of work & lesson powerpoint

Sock Monkey Soft Toy - Full lesson by lesson scheme of work & lesson powerpoint

Sock Monkey Soft Toy - Full lesson by lesson scheme of work & lesson powerpointkey stage 3 project The project transforms recycled socks into sock creature - Sockies! A very cost effective yet rewarding project. The project has been thoroughly enjoyed by my year 8 pupils, each teaching rotation generating completely different and innovative ideas. The project has no boundaries and can be easily adapted to suit. I have attached a comprehensive scheme of work with lesson by lesson objectives and lesson plans, supported by an interactive PPT Have fun

By merk90

Projection Systems

Projection Systems

Resource that gives a thorough description of basic engineering drawing projections.Lots of information included so use these slides to enhance your own lessons. Ideal for a point of reference for students just starting out with technical drawing.Please feel free to chop and change anything in this resource.

By stevegowans

SCAMPER Wall Posters

SCAMPER Wall Posters

In collaboration with my ACCESS FM Wall Posters, I created a set of SCAMPER Wall Posters in order to assist my pupils with understanding the design process.It can be difficult for some pupils to unlock their creative imagination when it comes to developing a new product. Some will say they can't do it because it is too hard to think, and the challenge can shut them down.SCAMPER is a brainstorming technique that can help your pupils come up with a new idea, purpose, process, people, roles, positions, products, and much more.

By MrMERoberts

Photoshop Essential Bundle

Photoshop Essential Bundle

8 complete lessons covering the Photoshop Essentials. Covering Selection and compositing these lessons are fun and simple with great results. The handouts for these lessons are learner focused with explanatory notes for each phase. Each session comes with lesson plan and source materials.

By ibrahimwild99

8 page editable project booklet

8 page editable project booklet

A fully editable and photocopy ready, 8 page booklet pro-former primarily for Design and Technology projects but could easily be used for other areas of the curriculum. It comes with some page guidelines, text boxes, space for front cover photograph, school or department logo and information text boxes. Designed to be used and edited as you wish.

By MrFied

Year 7 and 8 - Moral, social and cultural issues in Design Technology

Year 7 and 8 - Moral, social and cultural issues in Design Technology

Students to evaluate how built-in obsolescence in new products has led for a ‘throwaway’ culture.Students to investigate offshore manufacture of mass-produced products in developing countries by multinational companies.Students to investigate how tolerance of different cultures to avoid offence influences the designing and manufacturing of products.Resources include full detailed lesson, with videos and engaging activities.

By michaeloyebode

Year 7 and 8 - Sustainability of materials

Year 7 and 8 - Sustainability of materials

Learning objective: 1) Students to investigate the source of a range of materials, how they are processed for use and how they can be reused, recycled or disposed of. 2) Students to evaluate the environmental consequences of the use of these materials.

By michaeloyebode

AQA  2017 2018 Graphics 45502 & Resistant Materials 45602 Design & Make help/teaching resource

AQA 2017 2018 Graphics 45502 & Resistant Materials 45602 Design & Make help/teaching resource

This is a 136 page PowerPoint that can be used to guide the Design & Make task for the old specification which will be in its final year next academic year (2017-18).You could also quite easily adapt it for the new AQA Design & Technolgy specification: Non Exam Asssessment.This can be used for Resistant Materials, Graphics and even Electronic Products.This is fantastic resource that shows lots of different ways to approach the work or can be adapted to your own style.

By tm221uk

Contrasting shades - Optical illusion

Contrasting shades - Optical illusion

A really effective demonstration of how contrasting colours can help to make objects stand out from backgrounds and other colours. Could be used to help explain the importance of thick and thin line techniques in Design and Technology or in Art or simply as an optical illusion. The slide show simply starts off with the two circles positioned on either side of the screen, one on the dark shade and the other on the light. The circles have been timed to move next to each other demonstrating they are actually the same colour. The children I have shown this to can't actually believe they are the same colour, they are convinced the slide show changes the colour of the circles as they move....it is that effective.

By MrFied

An introduction to structures

An introduction to structures

This is a perfect small project for Design and Technology in KS1 and KS2. It introduces the topic of Structures. The project will give the children the opportunity to follow instructions to make and test a paper aeroplane (our best dart designs fly up to around 10m) and some simple beams to show how the properties of paper can change with some simple folds. Use whatever you have as the weight, I borrowed 1kg weights from Science; a flat piece of card took 300g but as soon as I corrugated it, it took over 4kg! The children got very excited.If the children are really keen and enjoy the project, you could always extend it to make bridges and towers from either art straws, spaghetti or rolled up or folded paper.

By MrFied

4 page editable project booklet

4 page editable project booklet

A fully editable and photocopy ready, 4 page booklet pro-former primarily for Design and Technology projects but could easily be used for other areas of the curriculum. It comes with some page guidelines, text boxes, space for front cover photograph, school or department logo and information text boxes. Designed to be used and edited as you wish.

By MrFied

Material Properties Keywords

Material Properties Keywords

This resource helps to scaffold pupil answers to material properties questions at GCSE and A level. A range of different properties are covered with each including an image and prompt. This resource is also useful as a worksheet to take home for revision.

By mrbdandt

Scales of Production

Scales of Production

This presentation looks at scales of production. Each is demonstrated with engaging graphics and explanatory notes. Slides include questions to improve pupil understanding. I use this resource with my GCSE product design groups, It is also useful to print off for revision. Topics covered include: One off ProductionBatch ProductionMass ProductionJust in TimeQuality AssuranceQuality Control

By mrbdandt

VCERT Food and Cookery UNIT 1 Resources Level 1 and Level 2 (x11 very useful documents)

VCERT Food and Cookery UNIT 1 Resources Level 1 and Level 2 (x11 very useful documents)

VCERT Food and Cookery UNIT 1 Level 1 and Level 2 (total of 11 very useful documents)Everything you need to set up, track and assess students work. For BOTH level 1 and level 2 entries.-Student Template for Unit1 Level 1-Student Template for Unit 1Level 2-Teacher Tracker Excel sheet for unit 1 level 1-Teacher Tracker Excel sheet for unit 1 level 2- Teacher / Student Tracker Feedback sheet with Red / Amber / Green Column for Unit 1 level 1- Teacher / Student Tracker Feedback sheet with Red / Amber / Green Column for Unit 1 level 2-Teacher assessment sheets for tracking portfolio evidence against the Unit 1 level 1 criteria -Teacher assessment sheets for tracking portfolio evidence against the Unit 1 level 2 criteria-Exam Board Assessment sheets condensed to x2 A4 Sheets (save on photocopying) for Unit 1 level 1-Exam Board Assessment sheets condensed to x2 A4 Sheets (save on photocopying) for Unit 1 level 2-Student / teacher observation record sheet for unit 1 level 2All resources were made with advice after CPD meeting with VCERT food and cookery moderator.These resources are available as a bundle deal with Unit 2, Unit 3 and Unit 4. Enjoy yourself with the time you have saved :)

By joanneprior2007

VCERT Food and Cookery UNIT 2 Level 1 and Level 2 Resources (10 very useful documents)

VCERT Food and Cookery UNIT 2 Level 1 and Level 2 Resources (10 very useful documents)

VCERT Food and Cookery UNIT 2 Level 1 and Level 2 (total of 10 very useful documents)Everything you need to set up, track and assess students work. For BOTH level 1 and level 2 entries.-Student Template for Unit 2 Level 1-Student Template for Unit 2 Level 2-Teacher Tracker Excel sheet for unit 2 level 1-Teacher Tracker Excel sheet for unit 2 level 2- Teacher / Student Tracker Feedback sheet with Red / Amber / Green Column for Unit 2 level 1- Teacher / Student Tracker Feedback sheet with Red / Amber / Green Column for Unit 2 level 2-Teacher assessment sheets for tracking portfolio evidence against the Unit 2 level 1 criteria -Teacher assessment sheets for tracking portfolio evidence against the Unit 2 level 2 criteria-Exam Board Assessment sheets condensed to x2 A4 Sheets (save on photocopying) for Unit 2 level 1-Exam Board Assessment sheets condensed to x2 A4 Sheets (save on photocopying) for Unit 2 level 2All documents were made with advice after a CPD meeting with a VCERT food and cookery moderator.These resources are available as a bundle deal with Unit 1, Unit 3 and Unit 4. Enjoy yourself with the time you have saved :)

By joanneprior2007

VCERT Food and Cookery LEVEL 1 and 2 ALL UNITS

VCERT Food and Cookery LEVEL 1 and 2 ALL UNITS

All the resources you need to set up the course to both level 1 and level 2 entries-Unit 1, 2 and 4 Coursework templates, assessment sheets, excel trackers, teacher/student feedback sheets-Unit 3 Personal learning RAG checklists and very good revision cardsThis will save you lots of time.All resources were made after a CPD visit with a VCERT Food Moderator.Save 50% using the bundle method :)Good Luck :) and enjoy the time you have saved :)

By joanneprior2007

VCERT Food and Cookery UNIT 4 Level 1 and Level 2 (x10 very useful documents)

VCERT Food and Cookery UNIT 4 Level 1 and Level 2 (x10 very useful documents)

VCERT Food and Cookery UNIT 4 Level 1 and Level 2 (total of 10 very useful documents)Everything you need to set up, track and assess students work. For BOTH level 1 and level 2 entries.-Student Template for Unit1 Level 1-Student Template for Unit 4 Level 2-Teacher Tracker Excel sheet for unit 4 level 1-Teacher Tracker Excel sheet for unit 4 level 2- Teacher / Student Tracker Feedback sheet with Red / Amber / Green Column for Unit 4 level 1- Teacher / Student Tracker Feedback sheet with Red / Amber / Green Column for Unit 4 level 2-Teacher assessment sheets for tracking portfolio evidence against the Unit 4 level 1 criteria -Teacher assessment sheets for tracking portfolio evidence against the Unit 4 level 2 criteria-Exam Board Assessment sheets condensed to x2 A4 Sheets (save on photocopying) for Unit 4 level 1-Exam Board Assessment sheets condensed to x2 A4 Sheets (save on photocopying) for Unit 4 level 2All resources have been created after CPD meeting with VCERT Food moderator. These resources are available as a bundle deal with Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3. Enjoy yourself with the time you have saved :)

By joanneprior2007

Net designing for packaging, casings etc. - Differentiated lesson with resource

Net designing for packaging, casings etc. - Differentiated lesson with resource

Excellent lesson - especially if pupils have just covered isometric drawing as the plenary recaps on this. Used for a higher ability year 9 class where pupils are creating a casing for their picaxe project (Cyberpet).I regularly use mini whiteboards in my lessons. I have a selection of whiteboards varied in colours and use this to differentiate learners discreetly. (see slide 6). All pupils draw a suitable net for their Cyberpet. Each group member explores a different construction method (displayed on board)All pupils were placed in groups of mixed ability groups of x4. All pupils given graph paper/card printed on A3. Each group is given a worksheet (see slide 16) printed on A3. The resource includes incidental Welsh - which is great if you're in teaching in Wales! This lesson has plenty of opportunities to explore topics in further detail i.e. scale, material selection, permanent/temporary methods of construction etc.

By lpowell3001

Designing an Advert

Designing an Advert

Worksheet to help planning the design of an advert for a product. Includes planning of copy, slogan, graphics and how to attract the correct target audience.

By noofruit

ACCESS FM - Design Specification and designing activity

ACCESS FM - Design Specification and designing activity

I use these in almost all of my lessons from year 7 to year 11. I use it for creating design specifications and also when generating design ideas to improve the quality of annotation. Pupils work in groups, each point of the ACCESS FM sheet is cut out and each pupil is given a minimum of x1 point. For Specifications - Each group is given a different product to analyse. They then follow sentence starters given to think about what the design specification for their product was. Same process for designing - Pupils annotate a design idea in groups or even their own work. Collate their work as a group before feeding back to the class and thus implementing knowledge into their design work.

By lpowell3001

Housing Design for Climate - Customizable Assessment Task

Housing Design for Climate - Customizable Assessment Task

This, in class, assessment task is the practical extension of the workbook Mandatory Technology - Built Environments (Australian Curriculum) by the same author. It requires students to create their own house designs using free 3D design software (Sketchup Make or Sweet Home 3D) with consideration for the issues of climate and environment. It is designed to assess not only the learning involved in the workbook but also the practical application of it. As an unrestricted word document teachers can customize timing, criteria and assessment weighting to suit their needs. Please review this resource if you find it useful.

By kellyocs