Design, Art & Technology

In Years 7 and 8 learners will be part of a carousel studying Food & Nutrition, Resistant Materials (Wood, Metal and Plastic) and Product Design.

In Year 9, learners can choose from a variety of foundation subjects to complete over the year. The technology subjects available to our learners are Food & Nutrition, Resistant Materials and Product Design. In each technology strand Year 9 learners will complete numerous mini projects where they will learn a number of skills, which can be transferred to the GCSE course taken in KS4.

The Design and Technology courses will extend practical skills and build upon the design and technology capabilities developed in primary school.

Learners will:

  • Design solutions to meet identified needs
  • Make the products they have designed
  • Evaluate the success of their work
  • Develop a wide range of practical skills

Our learners are taught to work with a wide range of materials such as wood, metal, plastic, food and graphic materials. They will learn new practical skills to support constructing and communicating their designs.

Learners will need basic equipment for learning such as a pencil, pen and an eraser and they will work from a class booklet (which is kept in school).

When learners study Food Technology, they will be required to bring in ingredients as specified by their teacher.

The skills which are taught are based around designing and making, they include:

  • Health and Safety rules when using equipment and machines, including preparation of food and hygiene
  • An understanding of materials and their classifications
  • Accurately measuring, weighing  and marking out a wide range of materials/ingredients
  • Cutting and shaping of a varied range of materials, such as; wood, metal, plastics, food, card and paper
  • Evaluating existing and self-made products.