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Our resources aim to give Design & Technology teachers and students a clear understanding of the requirements of the new specification GCSE Design and Technology course. The resources available from ACA Resources provide complete coverage of all theory required for the exam, as well as comprehensive guidance for the Non-exam assessment.

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Our resources aim to give Design & Technology teachers and students a clear understanding of the requirements of the new specification GCSE Design and Technology course. The resources available from ACA Resources provide complete coverage of all theory required for the exam, as well as comprehensive guidance for the Non-exam assessment.
AQA GCSE DT NEA Guide
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AQA GCSE DT NEA Guide

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Guide for students on how the NEA (Non Exam Assessment) research, design, manufacture and evaluation process can be approached. This covers suggestions for each stage. Now includes editable version Now also includes ultra-high resolution version of the NEA guide for high quality printing up to A0 size (841 x 1189 mm) for wall display Complete Assessment Criteria for each section of the NEA, shown in a clear pathway for each stage of the NEA. This can be used for NEA practice as well as throughout the live NEA. The assessment criteria are for the top grade banding at each stage. Included: In depth guide for each individual stage including tips and things to avoid. Pathway showing the assessment criteria (top grade band) for each stage of the research, design, manufacture and evaluation. This can be used as a student guide during practice and throughout the live NEA. This guide is intended for use with GCSE DT (AQA) students as a NEA trial run before the start of the real NEA and is not intended to prescribe a specific way of undertaking the NEA.
A-Level DT Theory - Complete SECTION D - Industry Requirements and Standards
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A-Level DT Theory - Complete SECTION D - Industry Requirements and Standards

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A-Level Design and Technology (Product Design) Theory Section D (All 9 sections A through to I are also available) Section D - Industry Requirements and Standards Student Workbook This workbook comprehensively covers all content from section D of the theory, required for the A-Level DT exams. D1 - Modern Industrial and Commercial Practice D2 - Digital Design and Manufacture D3 - The Requirements for Product Design and Development D4 - Health and Safety D5 - Protecting Designs and Intellectual Property The workbook can be used as a framework for teaching, as well as for student independent working. Each sub-section includes worksheets and practice questions to aid retention and understanding of how the content may be presented in the exam. Progress can be tracked using the free tracker available from ACA Resources on TES. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/a-level-dt-theory-tracker-12396290 The content in this workbook has been designed to meet the demands of the AQA A-level in Design and Technology/ Product Design. The content also closely meets the requirements for Eduqas/WJEC, OCR and Edexcel.
AQA GCSE DT Knowledge Organisers
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AQA GCSE DT Knowledge Organisers

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology - Knowledge Organiser for all theory key words, with pictures and description. Knowledge Organiser containing all of the key words needed for the AQA GCSE Design and Technology exam. The sections in this knowledge organiser are aligned with the sections in the AQA GCSE Design and Technology revision guide by CGP Books. This knowledge organiser is particularly effective when used in combination with our other theory resources to be found in our store. Suggestions for use: Print out the knowledge organisers as a booklet for your GCSE students. Can be printed as wall posters.
Complete GCSE DT Theory - Workbooks
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Complete GCSE DT Theory - Workbooks

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GCSE Design and Technology (AQA) Complete Theory Workbooks. Also includes theory knowledge organisers for all 5 sections plus Designing and Making section. This series of workbooks offer comprehensive coverage of the complete GCSE Design and Technology theory content. Resources are fully editable and printable, meaning students can work through them digitally or in printed workbook format. Download the accompanying free tracker to maximise student engagement. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-gcse-dt-theory-tracker-12190083
GCSE DT - Workbook - Designing and Making
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GCSE DT - Workbook - Designing and Making

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GCSE Design and Technology Designing and Making Theory Student Workbook This workbook comprehensively covers all content for Designing and Making theory, required for the GCSE DT exam and Non-Exam Assessment. The workbook can be used as a framework for teaching, as well as for student independent working. Each section includes worksheets and a knowledge organiser. At the end of the workbook there is also a blank knowledge organiser which can be used to review learning and retention of key knowledge. Progress can be tracked using the free tracker available from ACA Resources on TES https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-gcse-dt-theory-tracker-12190083
Complete A-Level DT Theory - Workbooks
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Complete A-Level DT Theory - Workbooks

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A-Level Design and Technology (Product Design) Complete Theory Workbooks. This series of workbooks offer comprehensive coverage of the complete A-Level Design and Technology / Product Design theory content. Resources are fully editable and printable, meaning students can work through them digitally or in printed workbook format. Download the accompanying free tracker to maximise student engagement.
A-Level DT Theory - Complete SECTION B - Workbook - Advanced Materials
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A-Level DT Theory - Complete SECTION B - Workbook - Advanced Materials

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A-Level Design and Technology (Product Design) Theory Section B (All 9 sections A through to I are also available) Section B - Advanced Materials Student Workbook This workbook comprehensively covers all content from section B of the theory, required for the A-Level DT exams. B1 - Biodegradable Materials B2 - Composites B3 - Smart Materials B4 - Modern Materials The workbook can be used as a framework for teaching, as well as for student independent working. Each sub-section includes worksheets and practice questions to aid retention and understanding of how the content may be presented in the exam. Progress can be tracked using the free tracker available from ACA Resources on TES. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/a-level-dt-theory-tracker-12396290 The content in this workbook has been designed to meet the demands of the AQA A-level in Design and Technology/ Product Design. The content also closely meets the requirements for Eduqas/WJEC, OCR and Edexcel.
AQA GCSE DT 2.8 Developments in New Materials
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AQA GCSE DT 2.8 Developments in New Materials

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology (DT) - Exam Theory - Section 2.8 - Developments in New Materials This resource contains all of the key knowledge that the students are required to know for Section 2.8 - Developments in New Materials Modern Materials Graphene Metal Foams Titanium Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) Nanomaterials Smart Materials Shape Memory Alloys Photochromic Thermochromic Composites Glass Reinforced Plastic Carbon Fibre Technical Textiles Kevlar Nomex Micro Encapsulation The sections in these resources align with the sections in the AQA DT revision guide by CGP Books, which gives students absolute clarity when progressing through the theory required for the exam. These resources have been developed with the following goals in mind: Allows learners to work through the theory independently, promoting challenge for all learners and ability levels Disruptive students have less effect on the progress of the learners, as the resources encourage independent learning. Promotes a love of learning, as learners self-motivate. This is particularly effective when the series of resources is used in combination with a tracker designed to show learners their progress through the resources. Allows independent home learning to be set that follows on and links clearly with the classwork. Ensures that students have covered all theory required for the exam, with absolute clarity *(particularly effective when used with a tracker) Suggested strategy: This resource is one sub-section. When used as a complete section the following strategy can be adopted: Begin the lesson by discussion of key words and ideas required in this sub-section. This can be enchanced with related videos from sites such as YouTube. Encourage students to independently research each concept they come across in the activity by using the internet, CGP revision guide, knowledge organiser (Available seperately), peer discussion, teacher discussion etc. At the end of each resource there are exam-style questions to prepare students for how the knowledge may need to be applied in the exam. When the sub-section is complete, students get this checked by the teacher and marked off on your tracker (which I recommend you set up, student names down the side, sub-sections along the top). The student can then move on to the next sub-section at their own pace, or if you wish to keep the class at the same point, they can act as consultants for the other students in the class, further cementing their knowledge. These resources have been tested, developed and implemented across our academy and have had a drastic impact on student preparedness for the exam, exam results, and student engagement with the course. The resources can also be used at KS3 in preparation for the GCSE course
AQA GCSE DT - Complete Designing and Making
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AQA GCSE DT - Complete Designing and Making

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All resources from AQA GCSE DT - Designing and Making. Complete Designing and Making GCSE Design and Technology theory. This resource comprehensively covers the designing and making theory required for the written exam and Non-Exam Assessment. All theory content sections are available from ACA Resources. This bundle includes the following: All 9 PowerPoint resources (Section DM1 - DM9) All 9 A4 printable versions (Section DM1 - DM9) Designing and Making Knowledge Organiser Now also includes the complete A4 printable workbook. (If you would like to try the resources first, All Section 1.4 resources are available as a free sample) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-gcse-dt-1-4-sustainability-and-social-issues-12196648
AQA GCSE DT 5.7 Moulding and Joining
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AQA GCSE DT 5.7 Moulding and Joining

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology (DT) - Exam Theory - Section 5.7 - Moulding and Joining This resource contains all of the key knowledge that the students are required to know for Section 5.7 - Moulding and Joining Vacuum Forming Blow Moulding Injection Moulding Extrusion Gluing Soldering Brazing Welding The sections in these resources align with the sections in the AQA DT revision guide by CGP Books, which gives students absolute clarity when progressing through the theory required for the exam. These resources have been developed with the following goals in mind: Allows learners to work through the theory independently, promoting challenge for all learners and ability levels Disruptive students have less effect on the progress of the learners, as the resources encourage independent learning. Promotes a love of learning, as learners self-motivate. This is particularly effective when the series of resources is used in combination with a tracker designed to show learners their progress through the resources. Allows independent home learning to be set that follows on and links clearly with the classwork. Ensures that students have covered all theory required for the exam, with absolute clarity *(particularly effective when used with a tracker) Suggested strategy: This resource is one sub-section. When used as a complete section the following strategy can be adopted: Begin the lesson by discussion of key words and ideas required in this sub-section. This can be enchanced with related videos from sites such as YouTube. Encourage students to independently research each concept they come across in the activity by using the internet, CGP revision guide, knowledge organiser (Available seperately), peer discussion, teacher discussion etc. At the end of each resource there are exam-style questions to prepare students for how the knowledge may need to be applied in the exam. When the sub-section is complete, students get this checked by the teacher and marked off on your tracker (which I recommend you set up, student names down the side, sub-sections along the top). The student can then move on to the next sub-section at their own pace, or if you wish to keep the class at the same point, they can act as consultants for the other students in the class, further cementing their knowledge. These resources have been tested, developed and implemented across our academy and have had a drastic impact on student preparedness for the exam, exam results, and student engagement with the course. The resources can also be used at KS3 in preparation for the GCSE course
AQA GCSE DT 1.6 Powering Systems
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AQA GCSE DT 1.6 Powering Systems

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology (DT) - Exam Theory - Section 1.6 - Powering Systems This resource contains all of the key knowledge that the students are required to know for Section 1.6 - Powering Systems Fossil Fuels Finite Resources Non-Finite Resources Nuclear Power Renewable Energy Wind Power Solar Power Hydro-electric Power Tidal Barrages Biomass Arguments For and Against Renewable Energy Batteries The sections in these resources align with the sections in the AQA DT revision guide by CGP Books, which gives students absolute clarity when progressing through the theory required for the exam. These resources have been developed with the following goals in mind: Allows learners to work through the theory independently, promoting challenge for all learners and ability levels Disruptive students have less effect on the progress of the learners, as the resources encourage independent learning. Promotes a love of learning, as learners self-motivate. This is particularly effective when the series of resources is used in combination with a tracker designed to show learners their progress through the resources. Allows independent home learning to be set that follows on and links clearly with the classwork. Ensures that students have covered all theory required for the exam, with absolute clarity *(particularly effective when used with a tracker) Suggested strategy: This resource is one sub-section. When used as a complete section the following strategy can be adopted: Begin the lesson by discussion of key words and ideas required in this sub-section. This can be enchanced with related videos from sites such as YouTube. Encourage students to independently research each concept they come across in the activity by using the internet, CGP revision guide, knowledge organiser (Available seperately), peer discussion, teacher discussion etc. At the end of each resource there are exam-style questions to prepare students for how the knowledge may need to be applied in the exam. When the sub-section is complete, students get this checked by the teacher and marked off on your tracker (which I recommend you set up, student names down the side, sub-sections along the top). The student can then move on to the next sub-section at their own pace, or if you wish to keep the class at the same point, they can act as consultants for the other students in the class, further cementing their knowledge. These resources have been tested, developed and implemented across our academy and have had a drastic impact on student preparedness for the exam, exam results, and student engagement with the course. The resources can also be used at KS3 in preparation for the GCSE course
GCSE D&T - Exam Theory Board Game
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GCSE D&T - Exam Theory Board Game

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The board game tests students’ knowledge on all aspects of the knowledge required for the final exam. The students will be able to learn or revise through competition and fun! Although the knowledge is GCSE level, the game can be played by students across KS3 and KS4, ensuring that students are fully prepared for GCSE D&T, and understand exactly what they need to know. The game is broken down into sections and sub-sections, aligned with the DT teaching resources available at ACA Resources on TES https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/ACAResources The knowledge organisers (available from ACA Resources) provide a basis for learning and revising key information required to answer the questions. The learning in the knowledge organisers is the knowledge required for the final D&T exam. Students will answer questions on each sub section to progress around the board to the finish. The game can be played as individuals or in teams. Game type 1: Each team takes it in turns to answer a question from the segment on which their playing piece stands. If they answer their question correctly, they advance onto the next segment and will then answer a question from this category on their next turn. If they fail to answer correctly they remain on the same segment and answer a question from the same category on their next turn. Play continues until one team reaches the finish Game type 2: (Quicker game) One player from the team asks a question to their team mates, from the section on which their playing piece stands. If their team answers correctly they advance onto the next square and another question is immediately asked from this next category. The team must answer as many questions correctly as possible within 30 seconds and will advance by one square for each correct answer. Game type 3: (keeping both teams in the same category) Same rules as game type 1, however the first team to reach the end of one complete section is awarded a point, and both teams then start from the beginning of the next section. The winning team is the team with the most points (complete sections won) by the end of the game This allows for a time limit to be set, ensuring that all games finish at the same time if multiple games are being played across the class and a tournament or rotation system is being used. The cards can also be used as a standalone resource as Revision cards, Questioning cues, Lesson start review resource It is also possible to edit the cards to leave the answers blank, allowing them to be handed out as a review activity.
AQA GCSE DT - NEA Tracker
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AQA GCSE DT - NEA Tracker

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Tracker for GCSE (AQA) DT Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) Practice. *Created to be used with the 'AQA GCSE DT NEA Practice Guide’ https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-gcse-dt-nea-practice-guide-12181643 However it can be used independently. Each column is a suggested page in the NEA. As students progress through, their work can be assessed page-by-page to give a GCSE grade standard (1-9). The grade is put in the corresponding column in the tracker. This is the only input required. Features: Auto generated section percentage Auto generated section score (out of 10 for research, out of 20 for evaluation etc) Auto generated overall score Second tab: Auto generated visual progress tracker, in a bar chart showing students their overall current grade out of 100, with seperate bar sections showing where they are achieving their marks, and where they are lacking marks. This allows students to self-identify their area of focus to improve. This tracker is intended for use when conducting a NEA practice, and is not intended for use with the live NEA, when students may require a less prescriptive approach
GCSE DT Knowledge Organiser - Designing and Making
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GCSE DT Knowledge Organiser - Designing and Making

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology - Knowledge Organiser for Designing and Making Knowledge Organiser containing all of the key words needed in Designing and Making, in preparation for the AQA GCSE Design and Technology exam and Non-Exam Assessment. The sections in this knowledge organiser are aligned with the sections in the AQA GCSE Design and Technology revision guide by CGP Books. This knowledge organiser is particularly effective when used in combination with our other theory resources to be found in our store. Knowledge organisers are also available for all theory sections (Sections 1-5).
AQA GCSE DT 3.2 Forces and Stresses
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AQA GCSE DT 3.2 Forces and Stresses

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology (DT) - Exam Theory - Section 3.2 - Forces and Stresses This resource contains all of the key knowledge that the students are required to know for Section 3.2 - Forces and Stresses Forces and Stresses Tension Compression Shear Bending Torsion Reinforcing and Stiffening Lamination Webbing Folding The sections in these resources align with the sections in the AQA DT revision guide by CGP Books, which gives students absolute clarity when progressing through the theory required for the exam. These resources have been developed with the following goals in mind: Allows learners to work through the theory independently, promoting challenge for all learners and ability levels Disruptive students have less effect on the progress of the learners, as the resources encourage independent learning. Promotes a love of learning, as learners self-motivate. This is particularly effective when the series of resources is used in combination with a tracker designed to show learners their progress through the resources. Allows independent home learning to be set that follows on and links clearly with the classwork. Ensures that students have covered all theory required for the exam, with absolute clarity *(particularly effective when used with a tracker) Suggested strategy: This resource is one sub-section. When used as a complete section the following strategy can be adopted: Begin the lesson by discussion of key words and ideas required in this sub-section. This can be enchanced with related videos from sites such as YouTube. Encourage students to independently research each concept they come across in the activity by using the internet, CGP revision guide, knowledge organiser (Available seperately), peer discussion, teacher discussion etc. At the end of each resource there are exam-style questions to prepare students for how the knowledge may need to be applied in the exam. When the sub-section is complete, students get this checked by the teacher and marked off on your tracker (which I recommend you set up, student names down the side, sub-sections along the top). The student can then move on to the next sub-section at their own pace, or if you wish to keep the class at the same point, they can act as consultants for the other students in the class, further cementing their knowledge. These resources have been tested, developed and implemented across our academy and have had a drastic impact on student preparedness for the exam, exam results, and student engagement with the course. The resources can also be used at KS3 in preparation for the GCSE course
AQA GCSE DT - Theory Tracker
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AQA GCSE DT - Theory Tracker

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Tracker to be used with the AQA GCSE DT Theory Resources (Available on TES ACAResources). https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/ACAResources Simple input: 1 = Section Complete h = Section set for homework n = Section not complete or overdue blank = Section not yet set Includes visual percentage completion bars (auto-generated) to give teacher and students clarity and opportunity for individual target setting. Also includes student tickbox sheet. Encourages students to take ownership of their learning of the exam theory, and the visual progress scores provide motivation and clear goals. Students can work on different sections where appropriate, and in many cases students may wish to complete sections individually in their own time and bring them back to be ‘checked off’. Each AQA GCSE DT Theory resource includes exam style questioning which can be used to further check understanding of each section upon completion.
AQA GCSE DT 1.4 Sustainability and Social Issues
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AQA GCSE DT 1.4 Sustainability and Social Issues

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This is a free sample from the ACA Resources GCSE DT theory series https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/ACAResources *AQA GCSE Design and Technology (DT) - Exam Theory - Section 1.4 - Sustainability and Social Issues This resource contains all of the key knowledge that the students are required to know for Section 1.4 - Sustainability and Social Issues Continuous Improvement Lifecycle Assessment Recycling The 6 Rs Social Factors Working Conditions Health Impacts The sections in these resources align with the sections in the AQA DT revision guide by CGP Books, which gives students absolute clarity when progressing through the theory required for the exam. These resources have been developed with the following goals in mind: Allows learners to work through the theory independently, promoting challenge for all learners and ability levels Disruptive students have less effect on the progress of the learners, as the resources encourage independent learning. Promotes a love of learning, as learners self-motivate. This is particularly effective when the series of resources is used in combination with a tracker designed to show learners their progress through the resources. Allows independent home learning to be set that follows on and links clearly with the classwork. Ensures that students have covered all theory required for the exam, with absolute clarity *(particularly effective when used with a tracker) Suggested strategy: This resource is one sub-section. When used as a complete section the following strategy can be adopted: Begin the lesson by discussion of key words and ideas required in this sub-section. This can be enchanced with related videos from sites such as YouTube. Encourage students to independently research each concept they come across in the activity by using the internet, CGP revision guide, knowledge organiser (Available seperately), peer discussion, teacher discussion etc. At the end of each resource there are exam-style questions to prepare students for how the knowledge may need to be applied in the exam. When the sub-section is complete, students get this checked by the teacher and marked off on your tracker (which I recommend you set up, student names down the side, sub-sections along the top). The student can then move on to the next sub-section at their own pace, or if you wish to keep the class at the same point, they can act as consultants for the other students in the class, further cementing their knowledge. These resources have been tested, developed and implemented across our academy and have had a drastic impact on student preparedness for the exam, exam results, and student engagement with the course. The resources can also be used at KS3 in preparation for the GCSE course
A-Level DT - Theory Tracker
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A-Level DT - Theory Tracker

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Tracker to be used with the A-Level DT Theory Resources (Available on TES ACAResources). https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/ACAResources Simple input: 1 = Section Complete h = Section set for homework n = Section not complete or overdue blank = Section not yet set Includes visual percentage completion bars (auto-generated) to give teacher and students clarity and opportunity for individual target setting. Also includes auto-generated progress bars for display in lesson, and printing as evidence of progress over time. Encourages students to take ownership of their learning of the exam theory, and the visual progress scores provide motivation and clear goals. Students can work on different sections where appropriate, and in many cases students may wish to complete sections individually in their own time and bring them back to be ‘checked off’. Each A-Level DT Theory resource includes exam style questioning which can be used to further check understanding of each section upon completion.