Systems and Control Early KS3 Y7 Mainly Making - Dusk Lights On

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D&T Key Resources
Systems and Control Early KS3 –
Mainly Making
Dusk – lights on – 5
First published 2015; updated 2016

Designing with a transistor sensing circuit, which could be used in a variety of different settings. The circuit is made using a standard PCB, but one which allows for the learner to customise its operation to suit their particular requirements. Students consider a range of components and systems to design a system that will turn on a light (LED or bulb) when it gets dark.

Key Learning:

  • Recognition of basic electronic components.
  • Use of soldering
  • Recognition of input, process and output components


  • Basic soldering techniques and safety
  • Use of basic electronic tools safely
  • How to read a circuit diagram

NC 2014 Learning objectives

  • 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
  • MB2 Use a broad range of material joining techniques including stitching, mechanical fastenings, heat processes and adhesives
  • TK4 How to use simple electronic circuits incorporating inputs and outputs

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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