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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School


Head of Department: Judith Birtles (Contact)

Key Stage 3

All students in Year 7, 8 and 9 experience the full breadth of the Design and Technology curriculum in Product Design. The Technology department deliver a range of projects that engages students in the design and making process. The lessons develop their research analysis, concept generation, manufacturing planning and practical skills through a range of learning activities that provide support and challenge to all levels of ability and aim to prepare them for the challenges of GCSE Product Design. Students’ progress is tracked through a combination of design portfolio and practical skills based projects, homework tasks and end of module tests.


Year 7 Projects

Creative Creature – A wood based project where students research, generate ideas and learn how to use a range of hand tools and machinery. There is a research task based on the arts and crafts movement focusing on William Morris.

Mood Light – An electronics based project where student make a light variable colour changing circuit which is housed in a CAD/CAM unit. In this project they study the work of Alberto Alessi.

Year 8 Projects

Amplifier Project- Students build upon previous soldiering skills and component knowledge enabling them to produce a marketable end product. They study the work of James Dyson.

Pewter Pendant Project – A pewter casting project students experience casting metal for a specific target market. Students research the life and works of Charles Rennie Macintosh.

Year 9 Projects

Clock Project- Combining a range of materials and processes student design and make their own unique prototype. This unit encourages students to develop independent workshop skills.

Tea Light Holder Project – Design and modelling focused design brief, students are given more freedom to allow them to produce creative responses to a Bauhaus inspired tea light holder.

Key Stage 4