During first year the work covered by pupils allows them to gain knowledge, practice and confidence in using a variety of different materials, tools (both hand and power) and processes associated with manufacturing of small artefacts. The second unit of work is used to introduce pupils to technical type drawing, mainly in 2 dimensions, as well as freehand sketching and rendering.
Through a Curriculum for Excellence pupils have the opportunity to work collaboratively with others in the school to develop achievement through the ‘John Muir Award’ and CITB Engineering Challenge.
The second year of the course sees pupils building upon their practical skills, but with an emphasis on using the Design Process to solve practical problems. A full design folio is produced before manufacturing the product to solve the initial problem. Pupils are introduced to formal technical drawing using both drawing boards and computer software in line with current industrial practice. Computer aided graphics is also a focal point of the course with pupils creating a variety of publicity material in full colour to professional standards. Also in this unit pupils have the opportunity to work on an enterprise initiative.
Assessment is based upon practical performance in class, formal tests, homework and completed artefacts.
Progression and continuity is provided when pupils move into S3 through the choice of National 4 & 5 Graphic Communication and/or Practical Woodworking or Engineering - Skills for Work. The Graphic Communication course can be thought of as a graphic language where pupils can present ideas and solutions in a precise and logical manner and develop a methodical approach to problem solving. The course covers areas of working using third angle drawing, sketching, computer aided design/drawing, various types of three dimensional work and the illustration and presentation of drawings in a range of media e.g. coloured card, pastels, felt tips and pencils. The course has been designed to meet the present demands of industries using any form of graphical presentation of ideas.
Practical Woodworking course involves pupils in the manufacture of traditional woodworking construction joints and small pieces of furniture.
Pupils work through a series of practice joints before attempting the manufacture of the item of furniture, which will contain most of the practice type joints. Pupils are also taught how to use and maintain the tools and equipment they use.
Work is assessed on performance of two main elements:
- Practical Abilities – how good the craft skills are in the production of the joints and models;
- Knowledge and Understanding – tests on materials, tools and processes.