Design & Technology

MooreMiss Moore – Head of Design & Technology

All KS3 pupils study Product Design and Food and Nutrition within a carousel of eight weeks.

We aim to ensure that pupils are confident when using a range of machinery, tools and equipment in all areas. We endeavour to ensure that all pupils enjoy their learning within a practical environment.


The department has three specialist Product Design rooms. We have a dedicated ICT suite with twenty four computers, all with industrial standard software installed that pupils learn throughout KS3 and KS4.

We have a traditional workshop for the making element of our courses. Pupils are encouraged to use traditional techniques alongside their 21st century counterparts.

One room is dedicated to the development of pupils’ designing and drawing skills which are an integral part of both the KS3 and KS4 courses. 

Our Food rooms have recently been redeveloped with all new facilities used throughout the course.

Curriculum Plan

Design Technology

Food & Nutrition

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Curriculum: Key Stage 3

Food and Nutrition

Year 7:

Pupils are taught to use a range of kitchen equipment and utensils. They learn all about the functions of food in the diet, personal hygiene , fair trade and how to eat healthily. They are shown how to make a selection of dishes that incorporate basic food preparation techniques.

Year 8:

We now focus on the pupils becoming more self-reliant in the kitchen. They learn about bacteria and hygiene in more detail. They incorporate skills from last year to make more expansive dishes. At all times we focus on the importance of careful and attractive presentation of food.

Year 9:

This year pupils will be taught about food and how to cook if they choose not to opt for Food prep and nutrition at GCSE or BTEC Hospitality. Therefore, we focus on the preparation of family meals, menus suitable for a student , food provenance m seasonality and those cooking on a budget. The pupils learn to make a selection of main courses and desserts that will hopefully encourage a healthy choice of food in the future.

Product Design

Year 7:

Pupils learn the basic design process through the creation of a USB powered Mood Lamp. They learn how to analyse existing products, design initial ideas by hand using 2D sketching techniques as well as sophisticated CAD (Computer Aided Design) skills using Adobe Photoshop and 2D Design to design their final products. Pupils also learn about electronic systems, basic components and their uses. Pupils are also expected to use CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) to help produce their final product. In addition to all of this pupils are expected to make their own circuit for their lamp. This project is an excellent introduction to Product Design as it teaches a wide variety of basic skills that will fully prepare pupils for the rest of the Technology curriculum.

Year 8:

In Year 8 we focus on more traditional aspects of the subject to create a clock. Here we build on their knowledge of the design process, and explore more 2D sketching and presentational techniques as well as some aspect of 3D. Pupils learn about different mechanisms, and then design a suitable range of ideas to suit their chosen target market.  They also learn about the properties of different materials and how to use more traditional hand tools to manipulate them. As well as focusing on traditional workshop skills pupils also integrate modern methods such as CAD and CAM using the laser cutter to create their ideas.

Year 9:

In preparation for pupils who may be considering taking Product Design at KS4 we have developed a scaled down version of a controlled assessment task in Year 9 whereby pupils follow the same design process to design and make a working USB Pen Drive. Pupils are encouraged to design for a 3rd party so they need to identify the needs of an unfamiliar target market. They research existing products in detail, then design and develop their ideas using a range of 2D and 3D sketching techniques as well as 3D modelling. The final product is made using a mixture of CAD/CAM and traditional hand tools and techniques. Pupils also research and create their own packaging for their pen drives and learn about industrial manufacturing processes.

Curriculum: Key Stage 4

Pupils opting for Design Technology, specialising in Product Design, at KS4, have five hours of lessons over a two week period. This course is following the new AQA Design and Technology specification.

There is an examined element worth 50% of the final GCSE grade and a non-examined assessment (NEA) which accounts for the other 50%. This involves independent design and making work both in and out of school. This element is led and closely monitored by teachers.

Food preparation And Nutrition follows the new eduqas specification.
Written papers on Product design is  worth 40% of the final GCSE grade. Controlled assessment accounts for 60% of the final grade. The Food Preparation and Nutrition written paper is worth 50%. The Controlled assessment is 50% and involves independent work both in and out of school. This element is led and closely monitored by teachers.
At BTEC Hospitality four units are assessed including one external exam, learning all about the hospitality industry.


In Technology both pupils’ theory/design and practical work are assessed regularly. Classwork and homework are assessed in the same way. All pupils are expected to self-assess and peer-assess their work as detailed marking criteria for all tasks are available in their work booklets. Pupils are regularly given written commands to act upon to ensure that rapid progress is made.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Pupils often use the technology rooms to complete work or extra tasks at lunchtime and after school on a Wednesday and Thursday.

All pupils (KS3 and KS4) have the opportunity to join STEM club, in collaboration with Maths and Science. This has been running after school on a Tuesday.


  • NIS Ltd.
  • Leyland Trucks.
  • Rotary Club Design and Technology Tournament.

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