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Design & Technology


Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


Aims- The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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

Key Stage 3:


Year 7

Students will learn to use a wide range of tools and equipment safely and accurately. They will research and evaluate familiar products and understand user needs and wishes. They will learn sketching skills and techniques to enable them to communicate their ideas more clearly. They will make small practical items such as a wooden pencil box with acrylic lid; a 3D card money box and Steady Hand Game which combines a vacuum formed base with other resistant materials and using simple electronic circuits. They will test products and ideas and learn how to make judgments of quality based on their own criteria.


Year 8 (Cycle A)

Students will build on their experiences in year 8 and increase their knowledge of health & safety in the workshop. They will use a range of resistant materials to manufacture a small moving toy with CAMs and levers. They will continue to practice sketching skills and will begin to draw in 3D using isometric templates and guides. They will use Computer Aided Design (CAD) to develop their drawing skills further. They will test and evaluate more unfamiliar products and will learn how to make judgements based on the needs of other users as well as their own requirements.


Year 9 (Cycle B)

Students will consolidate their studies. They will become highly familiar with all of the workshop equipment and will learn how to use the machines for more demanding and complex tasks. They will increase their knowledge of resistant materials and should be able to select the correct materials for a project based on a set of criteria. They will make a small bespoke storage device of their own design for a specific need. They will focus on accuracy and quality in making as well as using more intricate methods of construction. 





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