Design and Technology

Course Aims:

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all students:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Course content:

Year 7

Students are taught each subject in a 13 week rotation

Rotation 1 – Food and Nutrition
With a focus on healthy lunchtime snacks, Year 7 students develop a variety of skills in food preparation. They learn the importance of working safely & hygienically in the kitchen. Students develop an understanding of Government advice for healthy eating

Rotation 2 – Textiles Technology
Using natural forms as a stimulus, students use a variety of textiles techniques including batik, tie-dying and hand embroidery to design and make a furnishing for the home.

Rotation 3 – STEM
Students learn the practical and application skills of the design process through this subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. Applying elements of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.

Year 8

Students are taught each subject in a 13 week rotation

Rotation 1 – Food and Nutrition
Students continue to build upon their skills by preparing healthy main meals inspired by different cultures. Students develop their understanding of the function of ingredients and the nutrition they provide.

Rotation 2 – Textiles Technology
Students learn about the real life problem of recycling and through inventive and imaginative ways use old items of clothing and ‘up-cycle’ them in order to help save the environment. They continue to learn and develop techniques including applique, reverse applique and machine embroidery.

Rotation 3 –STEM
Students learn the practical and application skills of the design process through this subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. Applying elements of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.

Co-curricular activities:

We offer a range of clubs after school. Students continue with projects they began in lesson or develop individual interests.

Key Stage 4 & 5 / Career Progression:

GCSEs are offered in both Food and Nutrition and Art Textiles. A Level Product Design and Engineering courses are available at a number of institutes in the area. There is a wide range of careers/interests for which Design & Technology subjects is relevant as well as developing essential life skills.

Recommended Reading:

Numerous Design & Technology publications are held in the school library. Students are encouraged to read magazine articles (e.g. in Sunday supplements) and keep these. The Internet is also a valuable resource for researching well known designers and chefs.