Design and Technology


The KS3 curriculum for design and technology aims to build upon the KS2 progress 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.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. 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 make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

What students will study:

In Year 7 

  • Wooden Toy in Resistant Materials
  • Cooking and Nutrition for Healthy Eating
  • Textiles Storage bag for a Chosen Item
  • SAIL CAD/design working.

In Year 8

  • Jointed Money Box in Resistant Materials
  • Functions of Food within Savoury Cooking
  • A Textile Teaching/Learning Aid for Young Children 
  • A Structured Commercial Desk-tidy

At the end of year 8 students opt for either Food and Textiles or Resistant materials and Graphics for their year nine working. This allows for a more focused, in depth and experiential study of subjects they may wish to take forward to GCSE.

In Year 9

Resistant Materials & Graphics

  • Metal keyring with Jointed Presentation Container Food Dishes from around the world
  • Game of Strategy Textiles Personalised Cushion 
  • CAD/CAM designing and making A shorts design and make project
  • An open-ended design & make assignment   

Or Food & Textiles

  • Food Dishes from around the world
  • Textiles Personalised Cushion
  • A shorts design and make project
  • An open-ended food design & make assignment