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In design and technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

The Design & Technology Team

Curriculum Leader: Mrs P Sharma






 Mr M FromentTeacher: Mr M Froment

“Design and Technology is about the made world and how we get the consumer products we take for granted. Every product we use has been designed even down to the design of new materials. It is said that “need is the mother of invention”. Who spots these needs and wants and comes up with inventions and new ideas. The answer is designers. Sometimes designers do not even know how they are going to make the product or what from. This is where technology comes in understanding how to apply the science of processes and materials. The big question is can you come up with the next big idea? Something that has not been invented yet. When talking to the head of Hewlet Packard the computer company he said “the people that the world will need and make the most money are those that can have ideas.”

 Mr D Anandavasagar

Teacher: Mr D Anandavasagar

“With the state of the art  technology that is now available at the Academy, our students have the means to develop creative and innovative design concepts and watch them transform into reality via a multitude of CAM  technology that is within arm’s reach of them in the classroom. This raises standards, strengths and confidence of our students which will thoroughly prepare them for industry related designing and manufacturing. We are continually looking at the new ways industry and the commercial world uses Technology and will constantly try to bring these advancements into our learning opportunities.” 

 Mr M FromentTeacher: Miss Adrenele






 Technician: Mrs Voigt






 Technician: Mrs Edmonds



Subject Overview

The subject now includes a wide range of new skills and techniques that reflect major advances in industrial manufacturing. The Design and Technology department now has industrial standard computer aided drawing (CAD) including Solid Works, 2D design Photoshop and Illustrator. Linked to this is a wide range of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) including milling machines, laser cutters, PCB engravers, vinyl cutters, plotters, sublimation printing and 3D printing.  There is also a high specification electronics room with dedicated soldering benches and PCB manufacturing facilities. 

The Technology Department offers a wide range of subject disciplines to students, taught by specialist staff. The department follows a strong STEM agenda closely linked to mathematics, science and engineering.

All students study Design and Technology in Key Stage 3 it is then taken as an option in Key stage 4. In Years 7 and 8 students are taught Food Technology, Electronics, Textiles, Resistant Materials and Graphics. In year 9 students choose two subject areas they would like to specialise in focusing on each subject for half the year.

At the end of Year 9, students choose option subjects for GCSE. In Technology, they choose from Hospitality and Catering, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Engineering and Graphics.

Teaching in the Technology Department seeks to:

  • Create practical learning experiences that promote success and raise attainment
  • Establish an interactive dialogue with students at a challenging pace
  • Introduce real scenarios and design issues that are meaningful to students
  • Motivate students through design tasks in which students take ownership of their work and own learning
  • Value and celebrate students’ creative and innovative contributions, encouraging openness to ideas and critical reflection
  • Allow students to work collaboratively in groups, sharing ideas
  • Explore with students the diversity of the application of design and technology in different cultures and the past.


Key stage 3

Year 7 food preparation and nutrition

In year 7 students will combine carry out a range of practical tasks applying theory on nutrition. Students will start to learn a the 12 practical skills they need for GCSE food and nutrition

students will consider that food is produced, processed and sold in different ways, e.g. conventional and organic farming, fair trade understand that people choose different types of food and that this may be influenced by availability, season, need, cost, where the food is produced, culture and religion

Students will understand the importance of a healthy and varied diet as depicted in the balanced plate and eight tips for healthy eating. That food provides energy and nutrients in different amounts; that they have important functions in the body; and that people require different amounts during their life. Students will learn how to taste and cook a broader range of ingredients and healthy recipes

Year 8 food preparation and nutrition

In year 8 students will learn that food is produced, processed and sold in different ways, e.g. conventional and organic farming, fair trade, that people choose different types of food and that this may be influenced by availability, season, need, cost, where the food is produced, culture and religion. Students will learn the importance of energy balance and the implications of dietary excess or deficiency. They will know how to use nutrition information and allergy advice panels on food labels to help make informed food choices. They will learn how to use a broader range of preparation techniques and methods when cooking. Students will know how to modify recipes and cook dishes that promote current health eating messages and the principles of cleaning, preventing cross – contamination, chilling, cooking food thoroughly and reheating food until it is steaming hot.

Year 9 food preparation and nutrition

In year 9 students will understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health to cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet. Become competent in a range of cooking techniques, for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes. Students will understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients and how to modify recipes and cook a range of dishes that promote current healthy eating messages. They will learn how to use good food hygiene and safety practices when getting ready to store, prepare and cook food for safe consumption. 

Year 7 Design and Technology

Students will complete four separate projects over the course of the academic year.

Hold on project

Context – the world Nature Organization has set a challenge. You will need to design an attractive message holder for scrap paper. The end product – hold at least 20 pages of A6 securely and attractively. Have an easily recognizable wildlife theme. Lie flat, and be able to be hung up. Students investigate a range of similar products and analyze them in detail. They work out how these products are constructed and the suitability of the materials used. Students also investigate the impact the products might have on the environment and discuss the role of the designer and the maker. Students will learn 2D dimensional sketching and drawing skills. Using research draw at least 4 possible ideas using research – evaluate by asking others opinions. Use design criteria to develop design ideas. Develop ideas with focus on accuracy including measurements and making templates. Plan the making of their product and produce a sequence diagram which must include sketches of tools. Use arrows to show in which order tools will be used. Add further notes on safety precautions and safety rules.

Metal work project – casting

Students will complete a short metal work project that will introduce students to the physical and working properties of metals.  Students will design a simple pendent; they will cut and shape a mould which will be used to cast the pewter. The pendent will then be drilled and polished.  

Light project

The context for the project will be multi-cultural festivals. Students design and make a free standing light. The design will be influenced by different light festivals from around the world. Students will learn about target markets, customer needs, wants and values. They will learn isometric and orthographic drawing skills. Students will look at electrical components and simple circuits including Soldering and electrical symbols.  They will Use 2D design software to facilitate laser cutting while learning to use design tools and basic drawing techniques. Students will use their learning about thermoplastics and their properties to inform their designing. Students will learn how to write a basic design specification that will include detailed information about the finished product including finishing techniques.

Phone cushion project

In this project students will continue to build on their understanding of materials by making a simple mobile phone cushion that holds the phone in the correct position to speak into or use for social media. Students will take into account the functional properties and working characteristics of materials of fabrics. They will build on their understanding of manufacturing techniques including handcraft skills and machinery by learning basic sewing machine techniques to manufacture products accurately. Students will exploit the use of CAD/CAM equipment to manufacture products. Use this equipment to increase the standard of quality and precision and understand different scales of production.  Apply a range of finishing techniques including those from art and design to a broad range of materials including textile surface decoration techniques. These could include tie dye, applique and sublimation printing

Year 8 Design and Technology

Mechanical toy project

Students will develop design specifications that include a wider range of requirements such as environmental, aesthetic, cost, maintenance, quality and safety. They will research the health and wellbeing, cultural, religious and socio-economic contexts of their intended users. Students will produce 3D models to develop, test and communicate ideas, alongside this they will use mathematical modelling to indicate likely performance before using physical materials and components, for instance when developing gearing systems. They will understand how more advanced mechanical systems used in their products enable changes in movement and force

Students will give oral and digital presentations and use computer-based tools. As part of this project students will explore the concept of circular economy approaches in relation to product development and consumption.

Model car project – 3D design and manufacture

Students will develop their computer design skills by learning to use 3D software. They will use this skill to design a new model car body. They will also learn some basic engineering concepts including weight to strength ratios, drag, and friction and streamlining. Students will work in groups to develop their ideas. They will manufacture the shell and the chaise parts of the car using 3D printers. The cars will be assembled including gears and an electric motor.  The completed cars will be raced and timed as part of the evaluation process.

Smart pencil case project

In this project students continue to develop their understanding of different materials with the focus on fiber based materials. They will begin to explore the importance of smart textile materials and their diverse uses.  Clearly use design criteria that has been based on research to develop innovative, functional and appealing products. Use a variety of methods to produce original ideas that solve the design problem in an original and creative way. Students will learn to clearly communicate their work through annotated sketches and justify the developments they make. Using conductive thread and other materials students will learn how to make a simple circuit and integrate this into a textile product 

Photograph holder – metal work project

Students will continue to develop their understanding of materials and processes including the use of different equipment and machinery. Students will learn how to work with simple engineering drawings and transfer the measurements accurately to the material. They will learn how to shape, drill and add a thread to mild steel. Students will be introduced the brazing hearth and carry out a simple brazing task.

Year 9 Design and Technology

Clock project

Students will investigate a range of different design movements that have influenced product design over the last century. They will consider the role of the individual designer and the way we think about a range of different products. Students will consider the sustainable use of materials and the way recycled materials can be integrated into their designs. They will work with a range of different materials using their understanding of their properties to select the best materials for the application. Students will consider different manufacturing techniques including CAD/CAM and use the most appropriate to manufacture their clock.

Advanced mechanical toy

In this project students will build on their understanding of mechanisms and gears. They will design and build a moving toy which uses an electrical motor. Students will develop their understanding of electronics and different gear ratios to produce a working model. Students will develop their knowledge of CAD by producing detailed drawings of the different parts of the model. These drawings will then be used to manufacture the parts by computer aided manufacture.

Bottle opener project

During this project students will build on their understanding of materials and their properties. They will learn about the different properties of steal and how they can be used for different applications. Students will learn how to use a technical drawing to work accurately to set dimensions. They will learn a range of techniques to cut and shape mild steal. Further to this students will learn to work at the forge to alter the properties of steal so that it can be used for different applications.

GCSE Design task

Student’s final project in KS3 will introduce them to the new Design and Technology format at KS4. Students will be given a design context which they will have to work from. For example design a product that will enable a person with a disability to use the kitchen safely. Students will have to research this context and come up with their own design brief. The focus for the project will be on the student’s ability to come up with a solution to the design problem through modelling and developing an idea. Students will also continue to build on their knowledge and understanding of materials and manufacturing processes.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11 Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE

Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE will help students to develop a greater understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. They will also learn about food from around the world, through the study of British and international culinary traditions as well as developing an understanding of where food comes from (food provenance) and the challenges surrounding food security. Students will learn to master culinary skills and appreciate the science behind food and cooking. This is an exciting and creative course which will allow students to demonstrate their practical skills and make connections between theory and practice.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Preparation and Nutrition focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

  • Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:
  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance
  • Engineering

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering provides an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to engineering. It provides underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills that reflect the needs of employers and higher and further education professionals. It presents knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful work-related context, to allow learners to understand theory and application.

It will give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sector It will give learners a more focused understanding of engineering through the selection of optional specialist units,  give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of optional units that are essential for successful performance in working life,  give opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 engineering qualification, support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship, give full-time learners the opportunity to enter potential employment within a wide range of engineering sectors such as mechanical, automotive and electrical.

GCSE Design and Technology

The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Homework Policy

Homework is set weekly in Years 7, 8 and 9. In Key Stages 4 homework is a part of the coursework deadline dates.

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