Curriculum - Design & Technology

We are proud to achieve excellent results in Technology at our school and therefore all students study Design &Technology throughout Key stage 3 and most students opt to study a subject at Key Stage 4.


In years 7-9 all pupils study seven different modules in mixed ability groups. During year 7 and 8 the modules last for approximately 10 weeks and during  9 the modules last for approximately 11 weeks.


Information on GCSE and A Level courses are available from the menu opposite.






The Department

Mrs Allen

Subject Leader

Ms Barley

Miss Brown

Mrs Kerry

Miss Fox

Mr Yeoman

Mr Parker

Mrs Smith

Mr Lowe

Year 7 & 8 Design and Technology



This module is designed to equip students with CADCAM skills to help support other areas of Technology both presently and in future years.


The module consists of a number of learning objectives. Three projects are taught to cover these learning objectives. The projects require students to create a design for a key fob, design and make a pencil box which uses the Laser Cutter and create a design for 3D camera on screen. The software used includes Adobe Photoshop, Techsoft 2D Design and SpaceClaim. The learning process is furthered by homework that helps to support the work in class and projects being completed.

Animal/Monster Money Pod Project


This project requires students to design and make animal/monster themed money pod to store loose change. A range of design ideas will be drawn up, all based on the theme. Students will learn to press-form PVC and then cut and shape the material into their chosen design.


This project also requires students to learn to use the strip heater and hot glue guns. A range of research will be completed to support the design work which gives the students a good understanding of what is required at a higher level.

Robot Project


This project gives and introduction to basic electronics and requires the students to design and make a controller and a simple robot which will allow them to play table-football with a table tennis ball. Students will learn how to solder and connect wires and components together to allow left and right movement of their robot.


They will be assessed on their designing and making skills as well as the knowledge gain on components, circuits and working safely in the workshop.



The Y7/8 Engineering module is designed to develop students making, knowledge and research skills. Students design and make a bar-b-q spatula. They look at existing designs to influence their own designs and develop their skills and knowledge in: marking out, finishing techniques, using hand tools, use of the pillar drill and centre lathe.


They are then challenged to an extension task; adding a bottle opener to their spatula.



This course will allow students to develop a thorough understanding about the foundations of healthy eating, cooking and nutrition. This will be demonstrated through a series of planning, making and evaluating a variety of modified healthy products. Students will also learn about sustainability issues, focusing on seasonal foods, food provenance and Fairtrade.


The scheme of work has been developed to enable pupils to learn where food comes from, how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and to apply their knowledge of healthy eating.

Pupils will have the opportunity to work through the following contexts: recall and apply the principles of The Eatwell Guide and the 8 tips for healthy eating, to their own diet, demonstrate a range of food preparation and cooking techniques, adapt and follow recipes using appropriate ingredients and equipment to prepare and cook a range of dishes, recall and apply the principles of food safety and hygiene and be given regular opportunities to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of food science.



During this project pupils will be introduced to a range of textile processes. Pupils will design and make a bag to promote the values of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The bag will be designed and made for a target market selected and researched by the pupil. Decorative techniques will allow pupils to add their own design element to the bag.


As an extension task students will incorporate additional features such as pockets, fastenings or use more complex bag styles.  This is a focused practical task to allow students to work accurately using the sewing machine and decorative textile techniques.

Card Engineering


Card Engineering at Key Stage 3 initially reflects on the core skills of Design & Technology seeing students spend time studying drawing methods, application of colour and type as well as various presentation techniques that are both hand drawn and computer based.  Year 7 and 8 use Smarties packaging as a brief to help them design and create their own container for the multi-coloured sweets.


Students complete a range of mixed ability tasks freehand, using selected drawing equipment and tools along with computer based software. Each project fulfils a booklet of work that supports a final, practical outcome.


Party Project


The Year 7 and 8 ‘Party Project’ requires pupils to design and create a range of paper and card based products for a party, following a theme of their choice. Students will create invitations and gift bags using a range of graphic materials and processes.

Students will develop a range of skills during this project including research, creative design, technical drawing, rendering, paper manipulation and card construction. Students will complete an A4 booklet of supporting work to aid them in the production of their final outcome.

Year 9 Design and Technology



The key purpose of this course is to acquire a greater depth of CAD skills in a number of areas in relation to the CAD software available.  At the present time the CAD software used is Adobe Photoshop, Techsoft 2D Design and Spaceclaim.


Learning takes place through practical CAD tasks both on screen and tasks that produce a range of Laser cut projects. These projects include a design to go on to a mug which uses dye sublimation, a night light and a 3D on screen project. The learning process is furthered by homework that helps to support the work in class and projects being completed.

Card Engineering


The project for Year 9 Graphics this year focuses on Rollercoasters. In particular we are focusing on the designing of the rollercoaster carriage. Students will complete research activities examining existing rollercoaster rides, create their own ride name having developed possible solutions and conclude the project by designing and making the carriage presenting a 3D final outcome.


During the project tasks include: researching and analysing existing products, presenting design ideas and evidencing development of a solution, modelling and practicing with surface developments, using CAD methods including Photoshop and 2D Design, and evaluative work being ongoing throughout.



This Catapult project module focuses on making skills in the workshop using mild steel. Students develop their marking out and accuracy skills using a range of callipers and high precision machinery. The skills and knowledge that they develop include: use of hand tools, accurate measuring and forming, properties of materials, forces, operating the centre lathe, finishing techniques and dip coating.


Students will also work to self-reflect on their work and evaluate outcomes.



This scheme of work has been developed as a foundation course to prepare Year 9 students for the new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. It is intended to be a practical and creative course which focuses on providing students with the necessary practical skills and nutritional knowledge they will need before commencing GCSE study.


Students will learn about Special diets and the nutritional needs of a range of target groups. This will be demonstrated through a series of trialling, making and evaluating a variety of modified products that suit a specific target group. Students will also learn about factors that affect people’s choice of food and the functional, chemical and nutritional properties of ingredients.

Gadget Tidy


This project will introduce students to the processes of woodturning, brazing, dip-coating as well as a range of joining techniques. All students will be supervised on the wood lathe as they turn the base of their product before adding a friction polish finish. Students will decide how their stationery/gadgets will be held in place with the materials available to them and they will be assessed on accuracy of their cutting and shaping.


Students are encouraged to undertake the extension task of designing a feature of their own which will hold another item for storage, e.g. mobile phone, notepad. This could include a character made with nuts and bolts/threaded bar.



The Textile course in Year 9 allows pupils to explore a wide range of textile techniques and processes.


Students will focus on both the technical and decorative aspects of Textiles by designing and making a textile storage hanging.


All preparatory work will be supported by a range of research tasks to assist in the design and make process.


This project will introduce students to new skills and processes when working with fabrics whilst also building on skills learnt in Years 7 and 8.

GCSE Design and Technology

Separate pages for GCSE Design and Technology are available to view from the navigation bar to the right.

Long Term Plan


Long Term Plans for Design and Technology can be downloaded here.