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Design Technology Curriculum 2019-2020 

Head of Art &  Design Technology: Ms. E. Hopkin
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 Design Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that includes Product Design, Textiles and Food Technology. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and resilient citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Design and Technology prepares pupils to think, design and manufacture creatively to enhance the quality of life in an ever-changing world. The subject encourages pupils to become resourceful, independent and creative problem solvers, as individuals and as members of a team.

We have a fully equipped specialist Design Technology department including a workshop and food room. In Year 5 and 6 pupils are taught the basics of Designing, making and evaluating as well learning new technical skills and knowledge using a variety of materials, ingredients, techniques and processes.

In Year 7 and 8 we expand on the technical skills and knowledge learnt in Key Stage 2 by extending projects and adding constraints to design briefs. Projects are often based on a design era or artistic movement to give a theme to the project and help pupils to avoid fixation and encourage research. Electronics is also introduced in Key Stage 3, challenging pupils and expanding their technical skills and knowledge. Food technology also becomes more challenging combining different skills and elements of dishes and having to adapt and change recipes to suit different dietary needs. 

Year Group Subject Typical Projects
Year 5 Design Technology Photo frame, key ring, drawing skills.
Food Technology

Food hygiene, safe practice in the food room and knife skills.

Recipes can include bread, salads, cous-cous and fruit.
Textiles Weaving, hand puppets, design drawing.
Year 6 Design Technology Drawing and design skills, research, chocolate box design and make, forms and vacuum former.
Food Technology Recipes can include wraps, herb bread, coleslaw, pizza, cheese sticks and krispie cakes.
Year 7 Design Technology USB night lamp. Electronics, lighting circuits, drawing skills.
Food Technology Studying Food Preparation & Nutrition to develop a range of dishes, such as pasta salads, savoury rice, flapjack, cheese scones, mini quiche and biscuits.
Textiles Sleep masks, investigating fibres and fabrics, making threads and fabric structures.
Year 8 Design Technology

Clock project looking at the Memphis movement.

Speaker project looking at amplifier circuits and speakers.

Visual communication skills, drawing, design and research, modelling and prototypes.
Food Technology Studying Food Preparation & Nutrition to build a healthy menu and develop a range of dishes, such as a ragu sauce, bolognaise and muffins.