Systems and Control Mid KS3 Y8 Mainly Designing - Electronic Musical Toy

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D&T Key Resources
Systems and Control Mid KS3 –
Mainly Designing
Electronic musical toy – 7 hours
First published 2015; updated 2016

Casing design for a toy musical device, which uses a new music chip specifically designed for use in toys and related products. This can be used in a range of ways that allow a wide range of 'instruments' to be created, with suitable casings for the target market of young children. Students will need to investigate circuits and manufacturing methods, applying a design brief and specification, as well as using CAD to make 3D models of their designs and presenting their ideas.

Key Learning:

  • Know what a design brief means and what a context is in relation to the brief
  • Apply design strategies in order to generate innovative design ideas that meet the brief
  • Creation of a design specification using a design context and brief


  • Use a circuit simulator software to investigate/ test circuit ideas
  • Identify construction methods, components and materials by disassembly of a product
  • Use 3D software to create and make 3D models and/or components
  • Present their ideas to others clearly and suggest improvements

NC 2014 Learning objectives

  • TK17 Use learning from mathematics to help design and make products that work
  • DA4 Develop design specifications that include a wider range of requirements such as environmental, aesthetic, cost, maintenance, quality and safety
  • DB10 Produce 3D models to develop and communicate ideas
  • DB2 Produce models of their ideas using CAM to test out their ideas
  • DB12 Give oral and digital presentations and use computer-based tools
  • EB1 Products through disassembly to determine how they are constructed and function

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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