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Creative free and premium resources for teaching Design & Technology at KS3 and KS4.

Creative free and premium resources for teaching Design & Technology at KS3 and KS4.
Learner Evidence Tracker for NCFE Level 2 Graphic Design
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Learner Evidence Tracker for NCFE Level 2 Graphic Design

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This is an A3-sized printable and editable resource that I have designed to help my learners keep track of the evidence in their graphic design portfolios. It allows them, and you as their assessor, to identify what they need to do to improve their grade. The criteria is taken directly from the NCFE grade descriptors for the Level 2 qualification. It has been informally approved by a NCFE moderator as a good way to help internal and external moderators identify evidence in learner portfolios quickly and efficiently. It also makes life a little easier for me as the assessor! The resource contains a tracker sheet for each of the 4 units and they all have a section for formal IQA moderation and learner response section. I hope this resource helps to keep your learner portfolios in check!
ACCESS FM Product Analysis Bundle
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ACCESS FM Product Analysis Bundle

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A bundle that will help you to teach product analysis and to introduce the ACCESS FM areas to your learners (Aesthetics, Customer, Cost, Environment, Safety, Size, Function and Materials/Manufacture). The Blooms differentiated questions and keywords are generic so that almost any existing product or design idea can be analysed using the same resource. Included in the bundle: a full colour 8 page printable/editable booklet covering all areas of ACCESS FM with new ‘9-1 style’ graded questions, sentence starters, differentiated keywords and visual aids (all editable in PowerPoint) an A3 double-sided product analysis printable worksheet with match up starter (editable in PowerPoint) an A4 digital product analysis template for learners to type directly into (editable in PowerPoint) I have found this resource very useful in assessing the ability of KS3 learners and in fact it’s so easy to assess that peer and self assessment is a doddle, even with lower ability learners. This resource bundle has drastically improved product analysis activities with my KS3 and KS4 learners and they have enjoyed challenging themselves with higher level questions. (Please note that questions are graded with new 9-1 scale but only cover from 6-1 with the addition of Developing and Emerging grades for KS3).
LED Mini Torch Project Bundle for KS3 D&T Product Design
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LED Mini Torch Project Bundle for KS3 D&T Product Design

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A full bundle of resources to help you deliver a full project to design and make a laser cut LED torch! This is ideal for early KS3 learners but can be developed by KS4 to design and develop their own versions. The bundle includes: Topic-specific numeracy-based starter activities A comprehensive comic-style instruction booklet for learners to follow independently. A high quality instructional video with narration that learners can use to independently assemble their torches. All the technical information that you’d like your learners to know (exploded diagrams, custom vs standard components, dimensioning, isometric and orthographic design templates). Learning Outcomes: CAD / CAM - 2D Design and laser cutting Custom and standard components Independent working Following instructions (written, pictorial and video) Electrical circuits History of the torch Applied numeracy skills Resources needed to deliver this project: (quantities given are per torch) Tools/Software: Techsoft 2D Design software Laser cutter Inkjet or laser colour printer Scissors Wooden mallet Materials and standard components: 3mm transparent cast acrylic sheet (each torch uses approx 75mm x 155mm of acrylic) Paper for printed inserts Clear sticky tape 1 x 20mm clear round packaging stickers (optional - as clear sticky tape can be used instead) 1 x 5mm super bright white LED 1 x 25mm split key ring 1 x 3V CR2032 coin cell battery (Panasonic brand used in video demo but others work too) 2 x 8mm plastic binding screws (www.colbrookbinding.com) Product reference: SCREW8
Numeracy in D&T: Exam Style Question Papers (New 9-1 GCSE)
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Numeracy in D&T: Exam Style Question Papers (New 9-1 GCSE)

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A great resource to introduce KS3 and KS4 to the some of the numeracy content found in the new GCSE Design & Technology exam. Includes: Question paper and mark scheme (7 multi-part questions, 25 marks) Differentiated version including mark scheme (6 multi-part questions with fewer levels of working, 16 marks)
Typography Design Worksheet
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Typography Design Worksheet

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A task that my students loved! Designing typography to communicate the meaning of words. Includes extra challenge and extension task. Great when used as a main activity in a lesson, as an easy cover lesson or for homework. Learning links to KS3 Design and Technology, Art and KS4 Graphic Design curriculum.
Digital Teacher Planner
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Digital Teacher Planner

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A valuable resource to help PGCE students, NQTs and more experienced teachers stay organised. I use mine everyday! Want to go paperless and stay organised? This tried and tested digital alternative to the cumbersome teacher planner has allowed many of my colleagues and I to do just that! Create your own 1 or 2 week timetable Navigate between your timetable, lesson planner and class mark books with ease Easily duplicate content between classes Keep all of your organising in one place Your teacher planner will never get lost or wet in the rain again! This resource is Excel spreadsheet based. Simply download, open, save and follow the instructions included to have your Digital Teacher Planner set up in minutes. I have used this throughout my teaching career and have used it almost every day!
Composing in Common Major Keys (double-sided A3 learning mat)
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Composing in Common Major Keys (double-sided A3 learning mat)

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This easy to use learning mat provides everything that KS3-KS5 students need to independently begin to compose in 6 common major keys. It’s also a valuable tool in teaching music theory. All learners need to do is: Pick a popular chord progression from the top (or create their own in the blanks) Find the chords (and how to play them on piano) in the table for their chosen key. That’s it! The mat also shows learners where sharps and flats fall and how to write each key signature on the stave. Names of each chord are identified so that students can learn the correct terminology to describe their progressions. The mat allows learners to quickly see patterns on the keyboard and build an understanding of chord formations. I hope you find this resource as useful as I have… it’s taken so much of the pain away from what seems to be a massive hurdle for many of my GSCE students!