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Design Technology

Creative Arts Department : Design Technology

Purpose of study

The schemes of work for Design Technology have been designed to give a wide breadth of study, in terms of knowledge and technique. The techniques and skills cover a range of media in 2D and 3D work. Our aim is to provide students with engaging and inspiring projects, knowledge and understanding, the means to develop capabilities and skills in designing and making, and the ability to produce quality products.

Following the design process, students complete five major projects throughout the year, as well as, completing a term in Food Technology. All projects aim to build on students knowledge and understanding. They are introduced to new materials, technologies and techniques. Students research, explore, design and make a range of products. They develop practical skills, whilst working with;

: Wood

: Plastic

: Food

: Electronics

: Fabrics & TextilesStudents learn how to :

: Work safely and hygienically in a kitchen

: Produce nutritious, tasty food

: Shop wisely and make value-for-money meals

: Use a variety of equipment safely to develop skills in the DT workshop and textiles workshop


Ms. S. Chaudri – Creative Arts Co-ordinator/ Teacher of Art & Design

Ms. M Auckland – Teacher of Design Technology / Food Technology / Music

Mrs. A. Natha – Department Technician

Key stage 3

YEAR 7 :

Food/ Core skills / tools and equipment

Textiles/ Hand made pouch

Core Skills/ Resistant Materials/ wooden key ring project


YEAR 8 :

Food/ World Food

Food/ Pasta

Textiles / Aprons

Resistant Materials / Desk tidy

YEAR 9 :

Food/ Food gift in a container

Food/ British Bake Off

Textiles / Cultural Cushion

Resistant Materials / Wood joints

Key stage 4 - TEXTILES


Examining Board: AQA

Coursework Components : 1 / Portfolio makes up 60%

Terminal Examination : 2 / Externally set task makes up 40 % . Eight to ten week preparation period and 10 hour examination which is split over 2 whole school days.

Study Areas Include:

Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Sewing, Hand stitching, Machine stitching, Machine embroidery, Mixed Media, Application of embellishments, Printing, Textiles, Fashion, Photography, Research and Presentation Skills, ICT use and understanding art work from other artists, craftspeople, times and cultures. Pupils are introduced to the works and artefacts, paintings and photography of a range of artists, craftspeople and textile designers and their working techniques, influences and styles.

Important Aspects of the Course:

Students work independently and in groups, to form opinions and deepen their knowledge and understanding. They do this through personal exploration, research and independence, creating unique paintings, 3-D work and artefacts of their own.

Students establish, explore, develop and improve a wide range of drawing, painting and making skills using 2d and 3d techniques and materials. Students improve their independent research skills and use of sketchbooks. They work to a design brief aiming to improve their analytical, critical and evaluation skills.


How can I help my Son/Daughter?

How can I help my daughter ?

Checking your child’s planner and making sure that they are managing their time to complete projects and home learning, will ensure they are making process. Students should also take advantage of Doddle in addition, for additional support.

Key dates:


Design Technology Map of Learning


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