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Parkside School

Engineering

Engineering

Our aim is to enable our students to be able to problem solve confidently. Using maths and sciences to develop existing designs to solve every day problems. Students learn how to design and communicate their designs, they will learn the design process along with engineer’s drawings and what’s involved within industry.

 

 Mrs Stone

Head of Faculty

 Mrs Nicholls

Teacher of Engineering

 

 

 

Curriculum Plans

 

Year 7, 8 & 9

What are we studying?

Year 7

Students will create a CAM toy learning along the way about different mechanisms and how different systems work. They will develop their practical skills and learn how to use equipment safely.

Students will be able to understand the importance of engineering and discover the three main industries (structural, electronic and mechanical).

Students will become skilled in drawing isometric and perspective drawings to showcase their designs. They will learn how to critique and evaluate their own work.

Year 8

Students will create a polymer clock within this rotation. They will be learning about biomimicry and how products have been successfully engineered using this. They will be designing their own clock inspired by nature and everything that surrounds us. Students will be learning how to use tools and equipment safely. They will learn the process of a vacuum former and understand products that have been made in the same way.

Students will learn polymer theory and be able to identify plastic products that have been vacuum formed.

Year 9

Students will create a light made up of sheet aluminium. They will be given a brief which they will need to respond to. Students will learn about different metals and their properties and how this information is used within engineering. They will develop their practical skills and be able to use tools and equipment safely and accurately. They will learn about circuits and key components used to create them.

Students will understand the health and safety in the workshop.

Students will be able to successfully create an engineers drawing and understand the key aspects included within these drawings including orthographic projection. 

How are we assessed?

At the end of your rotation you will have a theory assessment made up of 50 marks. This will go towards 50% of your overall grade for the subject. You will then be assessed on your practical work looking at how accurate your final product is. This will complete the other 50% of your overall grade. 

What homework are we expected to do?

You will be asked to complete three homework’s during the 7/8 week rotation. These will mainly be made up of design tasks to allow you to explore your creative skills.  

What can parents do to help?

Offer support during homework’s.

Talk about products within society that have been engineered

Students will be given a knowledge organiser throughout the rotation. This will be uploaded to both Class charts and teams. Parents can liaise with children to ensure they are revising sufficiently for their end of rotation assessment  

How we provide for SEN and most able students

Help sheets have been created to help SEN students succeed to the best of their ability.

Verbal feedback is given throughout lessons to ensure students know what they are doing and what they can do to improve their work 

Useful resources and equipment

Students will benefit from a geometry set with a 45 and 30 degree set square.

Students would find it useful to have a compass.

Students will be provided with a knowledge organiser and skills and knowledge expectations sheet in order for them to understand the project as a scheme of work 

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

If you chose to complete Engineering at GCSE level you could expect to have the ability to become a structural, mechanical or electrical engineer within industries such as NASA, music, aeronautical, motor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 10 & 11

What are we studying?

The GCSE engineering level 1 / 2 award is split into three units.

Unit 1: You will be manufacturing a product that solves a problem. You will be learning about all the different tools and equipment that are used within engineering. You will get the chance to use different machinery and understand how they are used in industry. You will learn about material wastage and tolerances. Students will understand how engineers benefit from creating models and prototypes. They will explore different ways in which they could produce one. This unit makes up 40% of the overall grade.

Unit 2: You will re design a product and be able to communicate that product effectively. You will learn about engineering drawings and put them to practise by creating your own. You will produce isometric and orthographic drawings. This unit makes up 20% of your overall grade

Unit 3: This is an externally marked written examination. Along side unit 1 and 2 you will be learning theory content including:

  • Materials and their properties (how they are applied to product manufacture)
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Environmental effects of engineering
  • Engineering drawings and how to read them
  • Product analysis
  • Tools & equipment 

How are we assessed?

Unit 1: 40%

Unit 2: 20%

Unit 3: 40% 

What homework are we expected to do?

You will be set homework weekly which will be linked to your learning for that week/the following week. 

What can parents do to help?

Ensure students are completing homework for a high standard. Ensure students are participating fully with the school curriculum. Offer support to students at home. Keep in contact with any relevant information that school may need to be made aware of. 

How we provide for SEN and most able students

Help sheets are provided to students in order for them to succeed.

Sentences are re-worded for students with dyslexia to ensure deeper understanding of the content.

Teaching is done with images along with explanations to help with the different ways students learn.

Examples are shown to students to ensure they have everything they need to be able to succeed within the subject.

Challenging tasks are set to stretch the learning of students who are more able.  

Useful resources and equipment

Students will benefit from a geometry set with a 45 and 30 degree set square.

Students would find it useful to have a compass.

Students will be provided with a knowledge organiser and skills and knowledge expectations sheet in order for them to understand the project as a scheme of work 

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

If you chose to complete Engineering at GCSE level you could expect to have the ability to become a structural, mechanical or electrical engineer within industries such as NASA, music, aeronautical, motor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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