Design & Technology

Staffing of the department

Mr Xavier – Head of Department
Mrs Woolgar – Teacher of Food Technology
Miss Elba – Teacher of Textiles

Educational philosophy / Aims of the curriculum

To develop a critical awareness of the made and natural environment and of the social contexts into which design technology plays an important role. Design and Technology aims to foster curiosity, ingenuity and imagination through personal involvement with concepts and materials. It also strives to increase pupils understanding of the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and aesthetic needs of people, which change throughout life.
Pupils should be able to:

  • Identify real needs which may be solved through creative Design and Technology based activity;
  • Identify the resources needed for the solution of problems and identify constraints which may influence proposed solution;
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary to give, in a clear and appropriate form, information about a product, system or environment;
  • Demonstrate appropriate skill to create or model a product, system or environment and then be able to evaluate its success against the original specification.

KS3 Curriculum

Our Design and Technology curriculum ensures 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
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

KS3 Programme of study

In year 7 pupils will learn how to work safely in a practical environment, learn about good graphic techniques and how to present their work to a high standard. Pupils will gain experiences in working with a range of materials such as textiles, food, wood, plastics and metals and use a range of hand tools, utensils and machinery.
Possible projects include:

  • Food
  • Denim recycling project
  • Pull toy
  • Keyrings

Year 8
In Year 8 pupils will continue to develop the skills they have learnt in Year 7, as well as learning new skills. All of this will be used to enhance the work they produce. Through a cross curriculum project.
Possible projects include:

  • Restaurant food project
  • condiment holder
  • apron design for pupils restaurant uniform

Year 9
In Year 9 pupils will continue to develop the skills learnt in Years 7 & 8 as well as learning new skills. Pupils will begin to expand and enhance their knowledge of industrial and commercial manufacture.
Possible projects include:

  • Food
  • Fashion history tops
  • Perfume project

Links to useful sites for KS3 students, parents and members of the public