For more information regarding the curriculum please contact:

Head of Department: Mr I Haycock
Food Tech Teacher: Mrs M Whitney
Technology Technician: Mrs C Bates
Food Technician: Mrs S Hayden


At Key Stage 3 pupils use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:


Use research and exploration, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs.

Identify and solve their own design problems.

Develop specifications and design innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations.

Use a variety of approaches to generate creative.

Develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modelling, oral and digital presentations and computer-based tools.


select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture

select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, components and ingredients, taking into account their properties


analyse the work of past and present and the work of their peers to develop and broaden their understanding

investigate new and emerging technologies

test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products

understand developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists

Technical knowledge

understand and use the properties of materials and the performance of structural elements when producing designs

understand how more advanced mechanical systems used in their products enable changes in movement and force

Understand how more advanced electrical and electronic systems can be powered and used in their products [for example, circuits with heat, light, sound and movement as inputs and outputs]

Cooking and nutrition

As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

Pupils are taught to:

understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health

cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet

become competent in a range of cooking techniques [for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes]

Understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.


Year 9

In each of the areas of DT, pupils develop skills and understanding around:

Design Process

Divergent Thinking and Creativity



Cultural, Social and Moral impacts of designs

History of Design

Practical Skills

Properties of materials/ingredients

Subjects offered as an option in Year 9 include Textiles, Product design and Food Technology.

During the first year of KS4 pupils will gain experience in the fundamental aspects of their chosen subject including:

Laser cutting

3D printing

Use of a sewing machine and garment manufacture,

Healthy eating and build on cooking techniques.

Year 10

Pupils continue to develop their practical skills and theoretical knowledge to a level that allows them to begin their controlled assessment, design and make tasks.

Pupils choose from a range of tasks including:

Designing products such as MP3 docking stations, furniture

Food products based on cultural influences

Garments inspired by a range of media.

Year 11

Pupils continue with controlled assessment tasks in Y11 and begin to develop greater knowledge and skills to prepare them for the final exam.