Design and Technology KS3




  • To foster the development of critical skills and evaluation and to encourage a high standard of conduct and co-operation.
  • To encourage students to become more aware of, and sensitive to, the world in which we live and to help them understand the role that design and arts have played and will play in the development of our modern world.
  • To develop knowledge of skills and processes.
  • To guide students towards competence in those skills, processes and techniques pertinent to the medium being used.
  • To make students aware of the importance of the various aspects of safety in a practical area, and to encourage them to follow an accepted practice at all times.
  • To develop skills in the use of ICT relevant to the medium being used.

All courses are working towards National Curriculum Attainment Targets and will be assessed according to the regulations laid down.

The design and technology course is designed to develop and extend students’ practical and technological skills over the three-year period, to the end of key stage 3 and in preparation for GCSE work.

The course involves whole class, group and individual work and fulfils the national curriculum programme of study requirements.

CAD software that is an integral part of both key stage 3 and 4 will be available for students to take home or download onto their own PCs for free.


Students will learn the basic skills needed to use a sewing machine safely and accurately. This is coupled with an introduction to a variety of decorative fabric techniques. The year 7s will make a fabric case for an electronic device of their choice.

Resistant materials/Electronic products
Students will be introduced to electronics, CAD/CAM and a selection of practical skills with wood and wire to design and make their own ‘steady hand game’. They will be taught about health and safety within a workshop environment and will be encouraged to be independent and safe practitioners.

Resistant material/Graphics
Year 7 students will learn practical woodworking skills and how to use the relevant tools safely and competently. They will learn Graphic skills, both digital and by hand, to design and make a wooden ‘Soma cube’ puzzle.

Food Technology
Our students will learn the essential skills to be safe and creative in the kitchen by cooking a range of healthy, nutritious and exciting dishes.


Students will design and make a cushion, building on their sewing machine skills learned in year 7. They will design and make individually and in teams whilst learning new practical skills to decorate their cushions.

Resistant materials/Electronic products
Students will build on their skills using electronics. They will design and make a USB light made from perspex which is illuminated with an LED light. Students will be taught how to use RD design software and be introduced to the laser cutting machine.

Resistant material/Graphics
Year 8 students make a pop up book which develops their understanding of Graphic products and skills. Some year 8 groups will have the opportunity to work with metal on a pewter casting project.

Food Technology
In year 8 students will extend the skills they learned in year 7. They will widen their skills in the kitchen to become more independent and creative cooks. They will plan, create and make a variety of dishes that will enable a broader range of cooking techniques.


In year 9 the textiles students will look at a variety of hat making processes and using the skills gained in years 7 and 8, design and make a fleece hat of their own design.

Resistant material/Graphics
In this rotation the students will investigate the use of CAD/CAM in industry. Using their previously gained graphic skills, they will design and make packaging for an object of their choice.

Resistant materials/Electronic products
The students will design and make a themed clock using industrial processes and techniques. The use of CAD/CAM and the laser cutter are an intrinsic part of the clock’s production.

Food Technology
Year 9 will independently explore and develop food to cater for different needs, situations and lifestyles.


It would be helpful if students had their own set of coloured pencils as well as the basic toolkit required for all subject areas. Purple, green and black pens would also be useful for assessing and annotating work. A USB stick is essential for both resistant materials’ rotations.

The ingredients for food lessons are provided for the students with the support of a voluntary contribution at the beginning of the rotation.


We are consistently aiming to improve our students’ very good achievements throughout their time in the department. The department has extremely hardworking, experienced and knowledgeable staff, who are clear about developing the subject further in the future, using all the new technologies that become available, including 3D printing, laser cutting and dye sublimation to name a few.

The school at present is looking into the possibility of re-developing the design and technology area to produce a 21st century working and learning environment for our students.


Our schemes of work have been created with the school, students and community in mind using the new national curriculum as a framework and as a result there is a high level of enjoyment and involvement. The vast majority of students enjoy the subject and make very good progress, laying down excellent foundations on which to build upon at key stage four.

The regular process of self, peer and teacher assessments is understood and valued by the majority of our students and sets clear progress targets. The majority of students understand how to improve and are motivated to do so.

At the end of each academic year we undertake an in-depth student attitude survey and use the results as a basis for our planning.

The design and technology department uses the whole school discipline for learning (D4L) system to ensure that the students use all available resources responsibly and safely. The departments D4L record shows that very few consequences are awarded. This is because the students’ attitude and behaviour is very good. Students receive house points at the end of each module based on one house point per lesson where the students’ effort is deemed to be at least good and additional merits for the quality of their work and also effort.


Design and technology homework will be set as and when appropriate and will take the form of either research, planning or designing work which is linked to or a vital part of the student’s current module of work.

Homework set is usually required for the next practical session and therefore it is important for students to develop a good routine for meeting deadlines as if work is not brought in for the correct lesson they will not be able to continue with their project work, which is especially difficult when they are in food technology (ingredients need to be brought into school for their practical sessions when required) if not they will not be able to take part in the practical session.