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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.
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
AQA GCSE DT 1.3 Sustainability
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AQA GCSE DT 1.3 Sustainability

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology (DT) - Exam Theory - Section 1.3 - Sustainability Free tracker available to be used alongside theory resources https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-gcse-dt-theory-tracker-12190083 This resource contains all of the key knowledge that the students are required to know for Section 1.3 - Sustainability Sustainability Finite Materials Non-Finite Materials Carbon Footprint Product Lifecycle Greenhouse Gases Global Warming Obsolete Planned Obsolescence Modular Electronics Durability 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 the tracker. 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 -4- Paper and Board
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AQA GCSE DT -4- Paper and Board

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All resources from Section 4 - Paper and Board. This is one complete section out of the 5 that make up the GCSE Design and Technology theory. This resource comprehensively covers 1/5 of the theory requirements of GCSE DT. All 5 sections are available from ACA Resources. This bundle includes the following: All 5 PowerPoint resources (Section 4.1 - 4.5) All 5 A4 printable versions (Section 4.1 - 4.5) Section 4 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
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.
AQA GCSE DT 4.5 Paper and Board Finishes
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AQA GCSE DT 4.5 Paper and Board Finishes

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology (DT) - Exam Theory - Section 4.5 - Paper and Board Finishes This resource contains all of the key knowledge that the students are required to know for Section 4.5 - Paper and Board Finishes Finishes Advantages of Finishes Laminating Embossing Varnishing UV Varnishing Example Uses for Finish Types 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  DM7  Drawing Techniques
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AQA GCSE DT DM7 Drawing Techniques

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology (DT) - Designing and Making - Drawing Techniques This resource contains all of the key knowledge that the students are required to know for Designing and Making - Drawing Techniques Freehand Sketching Perspective Drawing Orthographic Drawing Isometric Drawing System Diagram Schematic Diagram Scale Drawing Exploded Diagram The sections in these resources align with the sections in the AQA DT revision guide by CGP Books, which gives students clarity and confidence in preparation for both the NEA and the written 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 the tracker (available for free) 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 the 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 enhanced 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 the tracker (available for free). 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 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
AQA GCSE DT 2.4 Textiles
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AQA GCSE DT 2.4 Textiles

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology (DT) - Exam Theory - Section 2.4 - Textiles This resource contains all of the key knowledge that the students are required to know for Section 2.4 - Textiles Natural Fibres Renewable Resources Biodegradable Cotton Wool Silk Synthetic Fibres Elastane Polyester Polyamide Renewable Resources Biodegradable Yarn Thread Fabric Woven Knitted 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 - Complete SECTION A - Workbook - Materials, Characteristics and Uses
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A-Level DT Theory - Complete SECTION A - Workbook - Materials, Characteristics and Uses

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A-Level Design and Technology (Product Design) Theory Section A (All 9 sections A through to I are also available) Section A - Materials, Characteristics and Uses Student Workbook This workbook comprehensively covers all content from section A of the theory, required for the A-Level DT exams. A1 - Materials and their Applications A2 - Classification of Materials A3 - Methods for Investigating and Testing Materials A4 - Performance Characteristics of Paper and Board A5 - Performance Characteristics of Paper and Board A6 - Performance Characteristics of Woods A7 - Performance Characteristics of Metals A8 - Performance Characteristics of Polymers 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 -1- Key Ideas in Design and Technology
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AQA GCSE DT -1- Key Ideas in Design and Technology

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All resources from Section 1 - Key Ideas in Design and Technology. This is one complete section out of the 5 that make up the GCSE Design and Technology theory. This resource comprehensively covers 1/5 of the theory requirements of GCSE DT. All 5 sections are available from ACA Resources. This bundle includes the following: All 6 PowerPoint resources (Section 1.1 - 1.6) All 6 A4 printable versions (Section 1.1 - 1.6) Section 1 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 2.1 Properties of Materials
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AQA GCSE DT 2.1 Properties of Materials

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology (DT) - Exam Theory - Section 2.1 - Properties of Materials This resource contains all of the key knowledge that the students are required to know for Section 2.1 - Properties of Materials Working Properties Strength Hardness Toughness Elasticity Malleability Ductility Physical Properties Electrical Conductivity Thermal Conductivity Fusibility Density Absorbency Ferrous Non-Ferrous Alloys 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 2.7 Mechanical Systems
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AQA GCSE DT 2.7 Mechanical Systems

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AQA GCSE Design and Technology (DT) - Exam Theory - Section 2.7 - Mechanical Systems This resource contains all of the key knowledge that the students are required to know for Section 2.7 - Mechanical Systems Mechanism Linear Motion Reciprocating Motion Oscillating Motion Rotary Motion Levers First Order Lever Second Order Lever Third Order Lever Linkages Push/Pull Bell Crank Gears Driven, Driver, Idler Pulleys Belt Drive Cams 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 - Complete SECTION C - Workbook - Enhancements, Processes and Finishes
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A-Level DT Theory - Complete SECTION C - Workbook - Enhancements, Processes and Finishes

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A-Level Design and Technology (Product Design) Theory Section C (All 9 sections A through to I are also available) Section C - Enhancements, Processes and Finishes Student Workbook This workbook comprehensively covers all content from section C of the theory, required for the A-Level DT exams. C1 - Enhancements of Materials C2 - Paper and Board Forming Processes C3 - Polymer Processes C4 - Metal Processes C5 - Wood Processes C6 - Adhesives and Fixings C7 - The Use of Finishes 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.
A-Level DT Theory - Complete SECTION H - Workbook - Manufacturing
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A-Level DT Theory - Complete SECTION H - Workbook - Manufacturing

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A-Level Design and Technology (Product Design) Theory Section H (All 9 sections A through to I are also available) Section H - Manufacturing Student Workbook This workbook comprehensively covers all content from section H of the theory, required for the A-Level DT exams. H1 - Selecting Appropriate Tools, Equipment and Processes H2 - Accuracy in Design and Manufacture 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 - Review Booklet Sections 1-3
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AQA GCSE DT - Review Booklet Sections 1-3

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AQA GCSE DT - Review Booklet Sections 1-3 This booklet is designed to allow students to engage in short review tasks for retrieval practice of theory lesson content. The review booklet is designed to accompany the theory lessons, which can be found at ACA Resources on TES https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/complete-gcse-dt-theory-workbooks-12191361
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