Design & Technology

Technology is committed to providing pupils of all abilities with the opportunity to experience success. Through designing and making it is hoped that their confidence and self-esteem will be enhanced. Pupils will be encouraged to experiment and explore a range of ideas and produce outcomes which demonstrate skill and application of techniques.

DEEP Curriculum Overview

In Years 7 and 8, pupils are given the opportunity, in line with our DEEP curriculum, to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking in order to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. Pupils learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. Pupils combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. They also develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products, learning to apply their creative thinking and be innovative. Pupils rotate through a range of soft and hard technologies including Food Nutrition, Graphics Products, Resistant Materials and Textiles. Throughout each specialism, pupils will build upon their knowledge, skills and understanding. Pupils are then given the opportunity to deepen their understanding in a particular Technology. Areas available are Design and Technology in the specialisms of Resistant Materials and Textiles, Food and Nutrition and Health and Social Care.

Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

Food and Nutrition:
Pupils are taught to develop their individual capabilities, knowledge and understanding through focused practical tasks, product analysis activities and design and make assignments. The pupils will have the opportunity to make several dishes, these will focus on healthy eating and using basic food equipment.

Graphic products:
Pupils are introduced to designing products for a specific consumer. Modelling using a variety of mediums is a key area to develop creative and innovative ideas that promote problem-solving and independent research skills. Combining designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding of mechanisms. The learner will design and make a mechanical book, researching themes appropriate for a child as a user.

Resistant materials:
Pupils will build skills in the core technology knowledge bases of creativity and problem solving through the medium of studying woods and plastics and technological advances. This unit teaches pupils to design, develop, make and evaluate a product to solve a specific problem. The learners are taught technical and practical skills in working with different materials and they also learn about design generation, industrial processes, materials, environmental issues making a toy.

Pupils will follow a basic skills unit where they will extend their understanding of Textiles, whilst developing independence. The learners will consider the origins of natural and manmade fibres the methods of construction and use them effectively. The skills introduced in this unit are the safe working practice of the sewing machine and use of Textile equipment and processes. Pupils will develop these skills independently to design and make a soft toy inspired by their independent research and imaginative design ideas. 

Year 8

Food and Nutrition:
This unit of work encompasses knowledge and skills gained previously and build upon pupils understanding of healthy eating. Modifying recipes and making dishes that are nutritious and understanding the impact of nutrients on lifestyle and the human body.

Graphic Products:
Pupils will build upon knowledge and skills gained in Year 7 continuing to develop Design and Technology capability. Combining designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding of Photoshop. The learner will design and make a calendar, researching themes appropriate for their consumer.

Resistant Materials:
Pupils will build upon knowledge and skills gained in Year 7. Pupils are introduced to CAD/CAM techniques and processes to design and make a toy which is aimed at a specific consumer.

Pupils will build upon knowledge and skills gained in Year 7. Pupils are taught techniques to decorate and embellish fabrics through a variety of mediums such as dyeing methods, appliqué and CAD/CAM. These are combined with a range of sewing styles to produce quality and original container.

Resistant Materials and Textiles:

Year 9

Pupils will build and strengthen their practical abilities familiarising themselves with tools and techniques within the workshop, to increase their proficiency in handling materials independently and safely.

Resistant Materials

  • Multi-jointed Box
  • Focused photoshop project
  • Introduction to CAD-CAM


  • Portfolio of surface decoration samples
  • Optional Design and Make                  
  • Introduction to CAD-CAM

Years 10 and 11

  • Manufacturing
  • Materials and systems
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy
  • Sustainability
  • Development of new technologies
  • Products in society
  • NEA – an independent project which will contribute to 50% of the overall grade.

Food & Nutrition:

Year 9

Pupils will be able to demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food commodities whilst using different cooking techniques and equipment.

  • Sauces and Rues
  • Bread
  • Pastry
  • Investigations- egg products, raising agents, mixing methods and dairy products

Years 10 and 11

  • Food commodities
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Diet and good health
  • The science of food
  • Where food comes from
  • Cooking and food preparation

Health & Social Care:

Years 9, 10 and 11

Pupils will be gain knowledge and understanding that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing.