Design and Technology
Our curriculum aims to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of both the design process and the use of materials in our modern world, with a focus on sustainability. We enable our students to develop confidence and personal creativity alongside analytical thought and problem-solving skills.
The KS3 curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge students equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, create and produce personal outcomes. In Year 7 and 8 they rotate twice through a carousel that encompasses Food Technology, Resistant Materials and Textiles. Students will begin to develop their understanding of the design process through guided projects in Year 7, before continuing and extending this in Year 8.
At GCSE students can select Design & Technology: Product design or Design & Technology: Textiles and Food Technology as options. Year 9 study in all courses is skills focused, with the GCSE content commencing in Year 10.
Students carousel to cover these three areas of Design Technology over the school year:
Students will be introduced to a variety of basic cooking skills while also learning about healthy eating and the ‘Eatwell guide’.
Students will create 3 dishes based around fruit and veg:
- Fruit salad
- Vegetable soup
- Fruity flapjack
Students will develop knowledge and skills in woodwork and plastics through the design and creation of a mobile phone holder, learning about:
- Use of hand held tools
- Key design movements
- Material finishing processes
- Design process.
Students will develop knowledge and skills in textiles through the design and creation of an ‘Ugly doll’, learning about:
- Hand sewing techniques and stitches
- Researching skills
- Design process
- Project evaluation