Systems and Control Early KS3 Y7 Mainly Designing - On The Level

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D&T Key Resources
Systems and Control Early KS3 –
Mainly Designing
On the level – 5
First published 2015; updated 2016

Students design a casing for a digital product which uses a number of components, concentrating on its form and function. How would it be developed for different users and markets? The unit includes sections on communicating ideas, using ergonomic and anthropometric data when designing, use of CAD software to capture and make changes to a design and an awareness of modelling and production techniques.

Key Learning:

  • Communication of design ideas
  • Use of annotation for evaluation
  • Use of CAD/CAM for ideas development


  • Use of drawing and rendering skills
  • Use of a range of product examples for design idea generation
  • Use of card modelling to communicate their ideas

NC 2014 Learning objectives

  • DA1 Develop detailed design specifications to guide their thinking
  • DA9 Take creative risks when making design decisions
  • DA10 Consider additional factors such as ergonomics, anthropometrics or dietary needs
  • DB9 Develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches
  • DB1 Use 2D and begin to use 3D CAD packages to model their ideas
  • TK3 Know more advanced electrical and electronic systems can be powered and used in their products

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 Product Design.

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
  • Homework sheets
  • 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.

Curriculum Credits cannot be used to purchase this item.


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