Design Technology

At Key Stage 3 the Design Technology curriculum rotates through Product Design, Textiles and Food each year.


Autumn 1

Product Design 1

Autumn 2

Product Design 2

Spring 1

Textiles 1

Spring 2

Textiles 2

Summer 1

Food 1

Summer 2

Food 2

Y7 Introduction to PD: Key skills, health and safety and hotel room project designing Hotel room project; manufacturing Introduction to textiles: Health and safety, properties of fabrics and embroidery design Block printing, embroidery and sewing skills Introduction to Food Tech Food Hygiene and Safety EATWELL GUIDE - Healthy Eating Food Provenance Food Preparation / Cooking Techniques
Y8 Architecture project; design and planning Architecture project; manufacturing Monster project; Tie die and design development Monster project: applique, and final outcome Food Hygiene and Safety Food Provenance Food and Nutrition Food Skills and Techniques
Y9 Bud holder project; designing and isometric drawings Bud holder project; wood workshop and manufacturing Pencil role project; Design obsolescence and sustainability Pencil role project; Templates, sewing machine, quality control Food, Diet and Health Food Provenance and Consumer Information Food Preparation and Cooking Techniques Consumer Food and Drink Choice


At Key Stage 4 the Design Technology curriculum focuses on 3D Design.

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Y10 Introduction to GCSE 3D design and a range of new materials and techniques Supplementary work project; isometric designs Introduction to component 1 (objects), focusing on creating work from primary visual research Component 1; focusing on the work of established practitioners Component 1; research and development of ideas Component 1; research and development of ideas
Y11 Component 1; research and development of ideas Component 1; research and development of ideas towards final outcome Externally Set Assignment Students continue exploring chosen question for exam unit. Externally Set Assignment 10 hour Timed Period --

GCSE exam board & specification: AQA
A level exam board & specification: AQA

How to help your child:
1. Take an active interest in what your child is doing in their D&T lessons by talking to them about what they have learnt in lesson at school and help them to explore different ways they could design their products.

2. When buying products for the home (food products, household goods, electronics etc.) ask your child their opinion on what you are considering buying. Ask them why they think a particular product is better than another.

3. Encourage your child to draw, paint, use kitchen equipment and generally be creative. This will help them to develop the muscles in their hands so that they can work with hand tools (including things like pencils, knives, saws and needles) in a much more precise and controlled way.

For further information, contact:

Ms Nouri

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