Design and Technology

Subject Leader Product Design: 

Mr Bima

Curriculum Leader Design & Technology and Subject Leader Textiles:

Ms Winters   

Subject Leader Food Preparation & Nutrition:

Ms Thompson

Ms Forbes


Design and Technology Textiles allows students to learn and explore practical making techniques in a safe and supportive Textiles workroom. Students learn a range of design strategies and realise these designs into high quality, creative and functional products. They consider the needs of others and the effect products can have on society and the environment, this knowledge will help them develop into responsible designers and consumers.

Key Stage Three

KS3 DT Textiles: Through practical design-and-make projects, students develop their skills to realise their design ideas. Students study DT Textiles for one term each year. In Year 7, we learn how to design and make a high quality re-usable shopping bag made from sustainable materials and inspired by the early 20th Century Design Movement Art Deco. Students learn key skills in using the sewing machine safely, independently and accurately, hand embroidery, pattern design and sublimation printing. We consider the impact of our product on the environment. We encourage resilience and perseverance in a safe and supportive environment. In Year 8, we learn how to design and make a tie-dye skirt with a bias-bound casing for elastic and optional applique detail. Students build on skills from year 7 and develop greater accuracy and finish in their work. Students research a chosen theme and use this to inspire the pattern/motifs which will be applied to their skirt. We explore the impact of dying on the environment and look into fashion history.

Key Stage Four

Standing of the foundations of the KS3 projects, students study more complex theory and practical techniques in the Textiles workroom with more detail and breadth of scope.

Year 9 students explore a variety of different fabrics and make a patchwork toiletries bag or kit bag incorporating Textiles process such as Digital machine embroidery, block printing and reverse applique. They move on to creatively manipulate a large black T-shirt into a Little Black Dress and design and make a complementary removable belt or collar using a variety of different wet and dry processes and fastenings.

Year 10 students learn technical pattern cutting and dressmaking techniques used in industry and create a totally wearable summer dress from an ‘own choice’ fabric. Students move on to design and make a complex and challenging soft furnishing for a teenager’s bedroom.

Year 11 students start their Non exam assessed (NEA) project where they choose a context set by the exam board AQA. They investigate their context, produce a design specification, design and make a product of their choice and then text and evaluate it. Alongside their NEA they will learn related textiles theory to prepare them for the final GCSE exam.

Food Technology

Our school recognises the importance of a healthy diet and the significant connection between a healthy diet and a student’s ability to learn effectively. We are dedicated to providing an environment that promotes healthy eating and enable all students to make informed food choices. This is being achieved by the whole school approach to healthy food provision and a comprehensive Food and Nutrition education curriculum.  

Key Stage Three

As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. In years 7 and 8 we: *Study the principles of nutrition and health. *Cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet. *Develop competence 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] *Explore the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.

Key Stage Four

The GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course enables students to make connections between theory and practice so that they are able to apply their understanding of food science and nutrition to practical cooking. The course includes:

1. Food commodities – studied in food groups to represent into all areas of the Eatwell Guide 

2. Principles of nutrition – Macronutrients and micronutrients 

3. Diet and good health – specific dietary needs at all stages of the life cycle 

4. The science of food – he working characteristics and the chemical properties 

5. Provenance- where food comes from 

6. Cooking and food preparation- to include a wide range of technical skill

Product Design

Products that we use every day are ever changing. This course will teach you how to identify a problem or need, design a product to solve it or meet the need.  You will learn a range of techniques to make effective products and meet specific briefs.

Key Stage Three

Through practical design-and-make projects, students learn real-world higher-order thinking and skills.  The focus is on learning new practical and thinking skills through deliberate practice, then putting them into action to develop collaborative working, resilience, adapting to failure and reflecting on failures and successes throughout the project. This sets the foundation for further development at KS4 and 5, of both skills and higher-order thinking processes, which are such vital tools for children to take into adult life.

Key Stage Four

Standing on the foundations of the KS3 projects, student study more complex theory and practical techniques in the workshop, with more detail and breadth of scope.  For instance, CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) are integral parts of this stage of their Product Design journey.  Following the AQA GCSE (8552) specification, students end the key-stage with a large design-and-make project which is worth 50% of the course, and write an exam which is worth the remaining 50%.

Key Stage Five

The A-Level Product Design course is led by the AQA A-Level (7552) specification.  The first year is spent on design-and-make mini-projects to set up the knowledge and skills for a successful final year.  The second year sees students designing and making a product which solves a problem for a client, recording evidence of your work in an e-portfolio.   Theory work is taught in conjunction with the design and make work. There are also Mathematics and Science skills and knowledge which are taught and applied in designing and manufacturing contexts.


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