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Maps Level Descriptors


To reflect progress at Key Stage 3 Level -3, 3, +3 Design Technology.

Level -3

(He/She)

Designing
Can generate labelled sketches or ideas with some support. Must attempt to produce sketches with less help.
Does understand that the design should meet a need. Needs to understand that the design should meet a range of different needs.
Has ability to talk about their work to others. Must attempt to present their ideas to a group.
Uses very simple models. Needs to create more complex models using a variety of materials.
Can produce labelled sketches. Needs to use more detailed-labelled sketches.
Is able to evaluate. Needs to understand that to evaluate a process may lead to improvements.

Making
Can plan order of work with some assistance. Should attempt to plan work more independently.
Can use tools and equipment safely. Needs to take greater care and attention with regards to accuracy when cutting out and shape materials.
Has ability to choose correct equipment and materials with some support. Needs to choose these with less support.

Level 3

(He/she)

Designing
Can generate labelled sketches or ideas with less support. Must attempt to produce sketches without help.
Does understand that the design should meet a range of different needs. Needs to consider a greater range of needs.
Has ability to present their work to a group. Should attempt to improve presentation techniques.
Uses more complex models. Should begin to experiment with a greater variety of modelling techniques.
Can produce quite detailed-labelled sketches in order to communicate aspects of designs. Needs to use correct terminology.
Is able to evaluate and understands that to evaluate a process may lead to improvements. Should attempt to write down what these improvements are.

Making
Can plan order of work with less assistance. Should attempt to plan work on their own.
Has ability to choose correct equipment and materials with less support. Needs to choose without help.
Can use tools and equipment safely and takes greater care and attention with regards to accuracy when cutting out and shape materials. Needs to consider choice of equipment more carefully.

Level 3+

(He/She)

Designing
Can generate labelled sketches or ideas independently. Should use research material to help with this process.
Understand that their designs need to meet a range of different needs. Must clearly show this range of needs in their work.
Must collect and use information to support ideas. Needs to state clearly where this information came from.
Has ability to present their work to others using a number of techniques. Should attempt to develop presentation techniques that are slightly more sophisticated.
Uses a greater variety of modelling techniques. Needs to introduce a greater variety of materials and techniques.
Uses correctly labelled sketches to communicate details of designs. Needs to use a greater variety of terms and phrases.
Is aware that when designing there are certain constraints. Needs to be aware of a greater variety of constraints when designing.
Understands that to evaluate a process would lead to improvements. Does write down these improvements but needs to provide more detail.
Does identify what is working well. Needs to suggest what improvements could be made.

Making
Has ability to think ahead and plan order of work. Should display these plans in a variety of visual ways.
Has ability to choose correct equipment and materials. Needs to justify choice of equipment in their work.
Shows some accuracy when using tools and equipment to cut out and shape materials. Needs to show more accuracy.
Shows some attention to the quality of the product. Must pay greater attention to quality of finish and how the product looks.

 

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