Design & Technology: Product Design, Fashion and Textiles, Food Preparation and Nutrition.


Mr F Wilson – head of department
Mr R Dawson, Mr A Dawson  – teacher of design technology
Mrs C Clay – teacher of design technology / fashion and textiles
Mrs C Buckland, Mrs S Monkhouse – teacher of food preparation and nutrition / design technology
Mrs K Johnson, Mr D Stone – department technicians

Department Overview

Design and technology is taught to all KS3 pupils on a carousel with year 9 pupils opting for two extended design technology subjects. The carousel includes textiles, resistant materials and food and nutrition. Our carousel programme is designed to build skills and provide a solid base on which to progress on to KS4 and beyond.
We aim to give pupils an understanding of design principals and practical skills so that they can learn to use tools, machinery and equipment with confidence. Food preparation and nutrition equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to feed themselves and others better. Students develop practical cookery skills and techniques as they explore the underlying principles of food science, nutritionfood traditions and food safety.

Key Stage 3 Design Technology carousel

Resistant materials – Engineering drawing technique, then working in hardwood and aluminium to make a device stand.
Textiles project – desk top tidy.
Food and nutrition – foundation food course: hygiene, health, preparation.
Resistant materials – orthographic projection drawing technique. Pewter casting. Laser cut acrylic maze game.
Textiles – Undersea project
Food and nutrition – healthy school meals
Product design – Design and make a passive speaker in wood.
Electronics and programming – Arduino controlled edge-lit LED desk light.
Textiles project – design and make a storage system.
Food and nutrition – street food

Key Stage 4 GCSE Design Technology

Presentation techniques portfolio, make a ‘skills stick’, design and make an automata – mechanical moving toy. Develop theory knowledge for exam. Begin researching GCSE NEA context.
NEA design and make task 30-35 hrs. Continue to develop theory knowledge for exam: 2hrs, 50% of GCSE

KS4 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

By planning and preparing a range of dishes, cover the five areas of subject content:
Food, nutrition and health, Food science, Food safety, Food choice, Food provenance
Develop theory knowledge for yr11 exam 1hr 45, 50% of grade.
NEA task 1: food investigation (30 marks). Students’ understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.
NEA task 2: food preparation assessment (70 marks). Students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved
Develop theory knowledge for the exam 1hr 45,  50% of grade.

Key Stage 5 A Level Product Design

Develop theory knowledge for exams 50% of GCSE. Presentation techniques portfolio. Laminating project. Product disassembly. Make a hand tool including tempering and hardening a steel blade. 3D CAD design project. Begin researching NEA context.
NEA design and make task. Continue to develop theory knowledge for exams 50% of GCSE.