All areas of D&T involve designing and making things; at Sutton Grammar School we concentrate on 3D Product Design, Graphic Products, Electronic Products and Systems, all supported by the use of ICT.

3D Products are made from what are called 'resistant' materials, such as woods, metals and plastics. To design and make these products it's important to know about the working properties and characteristics of a range of materials, so the correct material can be chosen of the desired application. You will also need to be familiar with the tools and manufacturing processes required to make your product. 

Current KS3 projects are:

Year 7

Themed Picture Frame

This project introduces students to working with resistant materials and traditional woodworking tools/machinery. They are encouraged to produce original design ideas which must be based on a fun theme of their choice.

LED Desk Lamp

Students will be designing and making a small Desk Lamp using an Ultra Bright Light Emitting Diode (LED) The casing for the lamp will be designed by the pupil using 2D Design and should be based on a theme of their choice. The final design will be made using laser cutting technology. This project is designed to give pupils a basic introduction to Electronics and forming sheet thermoplastics.

Acrylic Key Fob

Pupils will be making a small Key Fob, using acrylic sheet. The shape will be designed and manufactured using hand tools by the students and should be based on being a marketable product. Accuracy and a good finish is very important for good marks.

Musical Money Box

Pupils will be making a musical money box from resistant materials and manufactured by hand using hand tools and traditional woodworking methods. This project is designed to give pupils a basic introduction to working with plywood and pine.

Pupils will learn about tools for cutting and shaping wood based materials, building on the skills learnt throughout the year. The electronic musical slot is provided for the student and no soldering is required.

Year 8

Memphis Clock

Students will be making a 3D clock using sheet acrylic. The shape will be designed by the students using 2D Design and manufactured using laser cutting technology. The final design should be influenced by products designed by the Memphis Group in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Pupils will also learn the method of joining and shaping thermoplastics and finishing techniques.

Olympic Metal Sculpture

Pupils will be making a small metal sculpture from mild steel based on 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The shape will be designed by the student and should be based on an Olympic Games event.
This project is designed to give pupils a basic introduction to bench work skills working in mild steel sheet and will be manufactured by hand using metal working hand tools.

The product, will be designed by the pupils and then transferred to the metal using a template. Students will also be introduced to plastic dip coating finishing process. A high standard of finish and accuracy is very important for excellent marks. 

PIR Sensor Project (Mini Alarm System)

The students will be designing and making and mini alarm system using a PIR sensor to control it. Students will be introduced to different types sensors and their uses and will learn about components, how to drill into a PCB and solder components onto a PCB correctly and safely. They will also learn about the importance of designing a product for a need and how to make a suitable and aesthetically pleasing case for an electronic circuit.

Year 9

Pewter Cast Jewellery Project

Pupils will be introduced to jewellery making and using the technique of pewter casting. Pupils will learn about what pewter is, its history and what it is used for. They will then experiment with pewter before designing and making their own pewter casted pendent.

This exciting project introduces students to casting using molten metal using a range of methods and techniques. Students will be using a wide range of metal working tools and equipment throughout the manufacturing process.

MP3 Player Speakers Project

Pupils will be introduced to the world of aesthetically pleasing electronic designs, focusing on portable MP3 Player speakers. IPods and MP3 players speakers have taken the world by storm. We can listen to our music privately when we are on the move, but there at times when we would like to share our music with others or just listen to it via speakers without having to plug our iPods into a large hi-fi system. Pupils will learn about components and how to solder onto a PCB correctly and safely. They will learn about the importance of designing a product for a need and how to make a suitable and aesthetically pleasing case for an electronic circuit using resistant materials.

Contemporary Jewellery Box

Students will be making a contemporary jewellery box, for the pewter cast piece of jewellery that they made during the first term. They will be making the box by hand using resistant materials. 
The box has to be constructed using at least one wood joining method and finished to a high standard.