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
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.
In each of the areas of DT, pupils develop skills and understanding around:
Divergent Thinking and Creativity
Cultural, Social and Moral impacts of designs
History of Design
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:
Use of a sewing machine and garment manufacture,
Healthy eating and build on cooking techniques.
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.
Pupils continue with controlled assessment tasks in Y11 and begin to develop greater knowledge and skills to prepare them for the final exam.