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Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Curriculum, vision and aims.

The curriculum is ambitious for all students and is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, make links to careers and the world around us, allow the students to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience, be creative and innovative, become problem solvers and critical thinkers.

We thrive to provide opportunities, which allow students to develop a knowledge of a range of technology areas in KS3 including; Product Design, Graphics, Engineering, Food and CAD.  Students should grow in confidence through dedicated teaching environments, manufacturing equipment and specialist teaching.

At the centre of the subject is creativity and imagination.  Design & Technology is a subject which draws, develops and implements a range of different disciplines together, including Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computing, Geography and Art.  The subject embeds high quality literacy skills through analysis and evaluation techniques.

As students progress to KS4 they choose an area within Design & Technology to study.  In the chosen area, the subject allows for deeper study of the world they live in, potential career opportunities and with the skills developed at KS3 the confidence to take risks, become resourceful, innovative and enterprising.  The subjects encourage students to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, within a variety of contexts, while considering their own and other’s needs, wants and values.

Food Preparation and Nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating whilst Hospitality and Catering allows learners to explore the diverse and exciting range of career opportunities within the industry.

Design and Technology’s four key ambitions and priorities:

  • Skills for Life – Through using practical applications in all areas of Technology, students will be able to use these gained skills later in life.  They use a variety of manufacturing methods which creates confident individuals.
  • Knowledge for Life Theory is delivered through a practical approach to ensure it is engaging and interests our students.  We want students to be knowledge rich in each of our subject areas and equally build and revisit on prior learning. 
  • Prepared for Life Throughout the course students will study SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural) in order to understand the wider impact on the environment and to develop a wider cultural awareness.
  • Passions for Life Using a creative approach we give students opportunities to develop, create and adapt. We challenge and encourage them to take risks and learn from their mistakes without judgement. 

Subject Contacts for Support

In the first instance please contact your child’s class teacher using their school email address. The class teacher is in the best position to answer general questions as they will know your child better than anyone.

For more specific questions please contact the following staff by email:
Mrs D. Swain (Head Of Department)
[email protected]

We will endeavour to reply to any correspondence as soon as possible. If you would like to contact us by telephone please contact school on 01909 771291. They will inform us of your call and we will answer if available or arrange to phone you back.