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Construction

Learning Journey

Construction Level 2 Learning Journey

KS3 Product Design and Construction

In year 7, 8 all students study 140 minutes of Product Design per week. The course includes a diverse range of projects, materials and tools and seeks to inform students about the use of design in society as well as to develop their practical design and manufacturing skills.

Students rotate throughout the year so will have a project lasting between 7 and 10 weeks, which introduces students to a range of materials, properties and working practices. In year 9 students undertake two projects in Product Design or Construction as they rotate only twice allowing for a more sustained focus on an area they will have chosen through the year 8 option process. Students are able to choose their favourite two specialisms and focus upon these during year 9.

Projects in Product Design will involve: Manufacture of a pencil box made from a range of woods and utilising CADCAM manufacturing techniques and veneering. The project also includes vacuum forming and finishing techniques. The second project is the design and manufacture of a desk lamp. Students are asked to draw upon the skills and experiences they have had throughout year 7 and 8 and then put this to use within the development of a lamp.

Projects in Construction involve: Developing skills and understanding in the design and manufacture of wood joints as it pertains to joinery and carpentry in construction and an architecture unit which teaches students to respond to a client brief, developing and modelling a range of house designs to suit the needs of a client.

BTEC Construction

The Construction course is a fun and challenging way to develop an appreciation of the construction industry in society. This course builds upon the learning from KS3 in both practical and theoretical aspects. Students participate in practical construction in the woodwork specialism learning about the correct choice and application of tools and then progress to develop their practical skills. Students also study the application of mathematics in construction as it may pertain to architects in order to develop workable house designs and as it pertains to practical trades in calculating the pitch of a roof or quantities of building materials as in the case of a quantity surveyor. Students complete a unit on house design providing a taste or architecture and complete an external examination on the theory associated with house design and construction, learning about everything from constructing foundations to fitting a roof and internal finishes. The course provides a combination of practical assessment, project work and examination providing students with a thorough appreciation of the construction sector.

KS4 BTEC

Course:

Y10 Content

Y10 Key Assessment

Y11 Content

Y11 Key Assessment

Autumn 1

Topic title: Unit 5

Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques

Formative Task:

Wood joint and Tool Use and

Summative Unit Test: 1

Practice Practical Woodwork Assessment.

Topic title: Unit 2

Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction.

Formative Task:

Checking Mathematical progress on Construction elements.

Summative Unit Test: 2

The use of Science in Construction.

Autumn 2

Topic title: Unit 1

Construction Technology

Formative Task:

Knowledge Checks throughout the Unit Exam preparation.

Summative Unit Test: External Examination in January.

Topic title: Unit 3

Construction and Design.

Formative Task:

Knowledge development surrounding the purposes of construction.

Summative Unit Test: 1

Understanding the Construction industry.

Spring 1

Topic title: Unit 5

Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques

Summative Unit Test: Unit 1 External Examination in January.

Topic title: Unit 3

Construction and Design.

Formative Task:

Knowledge development surrounding meeting a client’s needs in design.

Spring 2

Topic title: Unit 5

Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques

Summative Unit Test: 2

Write up of tool use and purpose.

Topic title: Unit 3

Construction and Design.

Summative Unit Test: 2

Understanding the needs of a client when designing buildings.

Summer 1

Topic title: Unit 5

Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques

Summative Unit Test: 1

Practical Woodwork Assessment.

 

BTEC Sampling processes.

Summer 2

Topic title: Unit 2

Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction.

Formative Task:

Checking Mathematical progress on Construction elements.

Summative Unit Test: 1

The use of Mathematics in Construction.

 

 

Further details of our BTEC course can be found here.

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