Product Design Late KS3 Y9 Mainly Making - Does It Connect

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D&T Key Resources 
Product Design Late KS3 –
Mainly Making
Does it connect? – 2
First published 2015; updated 2016

Working on a group project to manufacture pieces accurately to produce a large scale model of an animal or product using jigs and templates. Students learn about jigs, former patterns and moulds before a practical session to manufacture a model.

Key Learning:

  • Know how to select correct manufacturing tools and equipment
  • The importance of accuracy and teamwork
  • Understand use of templates and jigs


  • Use equipment and tools safely
  • Learn to work accurately and problem solve

NC 2014 Learning objectives

  • DB8 - Decide which design criteria clash and determine which should take priority
  • MB1 - Make use of specialist equipment to mark out materials
  • MA7 - Select appropriately from specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery, including computer-aided manufacture
  • MB7 - Follow procedures for safety and hygiene and understand the process of risk assessment
  • TK2 - About the physical properties of materials e.g. grain, brittleness,
  • flexibility, elasticity, malleability and thermal
  • MB2 - Use a broad range of material joining techniques including stitching

Free resource also available:  Learning Planner and Assessing Without Levels - Teachers' Guide 

D&T Key Resources

These Design and Technology Key Resources form part of a KS3 plan for D&T learning and a project bank from which you can choose to populate your school’s learning plan. Other resources in the plan cover curriculum areas of Textiles, Food and Systems and Control.

These resources have been developed to help teachers who are looking to move their schemes of work from craft-based focused projects, where the craft outcome is the critical factor, towards planning D&T learning units that focus on students’ learning in design and technology.

The resources are designed to enable you to either use the full KS3 learning programme or to plan your own using these available units from the bank. You can use these units with others from the ever growing bank available on the D&T Association website or you can design your own to fit your school’s requirements.

Each learning unit has been designed by starting with selected learning objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum. From here the units have been developed with tasks, activities and experiences which provide opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate what they have learnt. Furthermore assessment opportunities have been 'designed in' where teachers can assess whether students have learnt what the unit has set out to teach them. To make them easier to reference in medium and short term plans they have been coded DB1, MA2, MB7 etc. A full reference table of coded learning objectives is included in this pack.

Across all material components of D&T resources have been developed for Early, Mid, and Late Key Stage 3 and are of varying lengths, each with a different theme and approaching the activities from a different learning focus:

  • Mainly Designing               two to five hours
  • Mainly Making                    three to four hours
  • Design and Make              six to eight hours
  • Technology in Society       two hours



Each resource pack comprises:

  • Unit of work
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Self assessment worksheets
  • Support resources

Units can be purchased as individual items or as sets across early, mid or late KS3, or as a full set covering the whole of KS3.

 This item is not available to purchase using Curriculum Credits.

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