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A collection of resources for GCSE Design and Technology that support the teaching of how products are produced in different volumes (e.g. batch, bespoke, continuous, mass) and methods of lean manufacture.

Product life cycle and planned obsolescence

This classroom presentation supports the teaching of planned obsolescence and a product lifecycle. Using the example of a mobile phone, students explore the volume of phone sales over time and discuss how manufacturers can plan a product's lifespan, looking at product growth, maturity of sales and decline over time...

The development of the mobile phone

This resource uses the mobile phone as an example for how technology can develop over time. Using a card sort activity and classroom presentation, it describes the reasons why technology develops (i.e. technology push, market pull) and provides students with an activity where they create a timeline for mobile phone...

Design ethics, sustainability and the environment mock exam

This mock exam tests student understanding of the ethics involved in being a designer. Questions look at sustainability, life cycle analysis and the impact of design on society.

Social, Moral and Cultural Considerations

These resources support students to gain an overview of the social, moral and cultural responsibilities of being a designer. Designing products that consider their impact on others and the environment.

This resource collection contains a classroom presentation, student worksheets and a student starter /...

Modelling an outcome from an evaluation on inclusivity

Students will review their analysis studies and pick one product and one disability which they model a solution for and test to see if the problem has been resolved. A detailed evaluation will follow using the provided question prompts reflecting ACCESS FMM. This resource works well when delivered with ...

Analysing a product for inclusivity

An assessment lesson where students will put to practice the knowledge they have learnt in relation to what inclusive design is and why it is important for a designer to include for ALL, ensuring it fits all needs. Students will complete a series of activities where their abilities are impaired when completing an...

How products are designed to meet user needs

This lesson resource supports students to understand how products are designed to meet the needs of clients. Students are introduced to key vocabulary (technology push and market pull) by analysing the evolution of a daily product (the mobile phone and listening to music on it). Theory of both topics is included...

Inclusive design: lesson 4

Lesson 4 of a set of lessons where students will follow the design, make, test and evaluate process of the new GCSE controlled assessment. Within this lesson students will develop an understanding of the importance of modelling and prototyping prior to manufacture. They will develop skills in being able to quickly...

Inclusive design: lesson 3

Lesson 3 of a set of lessons where students will solve a design problem using inclusive design principles. In this lesson students will learn about anthropometrics and will collect appropriate data which can be applied to the product solution for the client. Students will learn how to collect data and convert into...

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