The Design Technology department aims to develop essential and transferable skills for each and every pupil whilst providing them with exciting learning experiences. We want our pupils to develop resilience when faced with a problem, be tenacious when things go wrong and be creative when challenged.

The road to Mastery

Our aim in the department is to continually challenge pupils with complex tasks where pupils need to use higher level thinking skills. They will analyse, evaluate and create, essential skills in the Design Technology curriculum. In every lesson there are opportunities for pupils to reach greater depth and pupils are encouraged to design and make products that test their abilities and challenge their creativeness.  Pupils will revisit learning so knowledge is embedded and time for pupils to reach mastery. 


What Design Technology lessons look like:

Pupils will experience a range of processes to make products where individual outcomes are encouraged  and design development is ongoing. Pupils carousel through material areas and spend 12 weeks at each carousel. 

KS2 pupils are introduced to the specialist classrooms and learn about basic foundation skills that they will build upon in KS3. Pupils focus is on the iterative design process, materials and properties as well as designing and making for a purpose. 

At Key Stage 3, pupils will be encouraged to be creative, explore materials, technologies and take risks, through a variety of practical tasks. Students combine these practical skills with an understanding of wider world issues.

In year 7 pupils learn more complex ways of assembling products, health and safety issues, manufacturing methods, cooking techniques, drawing skills and wider world issues such as sustainability. Whilst in year 8 continue to apply and develop key skills whilst increasing their knowledge of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues and changing technologies.

The 2 year course is designed to prepare students for the necessary skills needed for KS4 Design and Technology and the complexity of learning increases as the students progress through the keystage, the department incorporates learning from all areas of the curriculum, such as mathematics and computing to enable pupils to transition into GCSE with ease.

Supporting children

Design and Technology is a popular and valuable subject for pupils with special educational needs. Knowledge and understanding is drawn from across the curriculum and helps to develop and enable numeracy, literacy and communication skills that can be applied in practical ways. This consolidates skills from other lessons and reinforces learning with positive outcomes. 

Pupils with SEN often find designing activities problematic. Therefore thought is required to ensure pupils can access and produce successful initial design work. For example, it’s vital to offer a variety of methods of recording ideas quickly. In fact, the department is conscious of avoiding a rigid approach when it comes to recording and communicating design ideas and developments, for example:  Ideas could be done through model making instead of drawings. Activities focused on the physical making of designs should be supported ‘one to one’. Yet it is also important to encourage pupils to work as independently as possible. For example, by using keywords sheets, flow charts and visual instruction sheets which explain a process in a step-by-step manner.


This Department believes in planned intervention in the classroom to maximise pupil potential based on individual needs. Differentiation will not just happen but it has to be part of a planned process.



Tracking attainment and progress:

Pupils are monitored throughout the projects and tracked  so that any pupils falling behind are identified and given help and support to ensure they reach their potential. 

Pupil achievement will be recognised not only from the knowledge gained in lessons but as how successfully pupils are developed as problem solvers, competent users of technology and their development of  skills used in everyday adult life. 

The following skills are assessed throughout KS3: Research, Design, Make, Evaluate, Technical Knowledge, Cooking and Nutrition.


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