Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, learners 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. Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Curriculum aims are to enable students to:

  • develop creative thinking in areas relevant to design and technology
  • apply problem-solving skills to practical and technological problems
  • develop the communication skills central to design, realisation and evaluation
  • gain knowledge and understanding of design and technology
  • develop skills in research and investigation
  • design and make products, taking into consideration sustainability and the wider impact on society
  • develop the ability to make aesthetic, economic, ethical and technical value judgements.

Key Stage 3

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of domestic and local contexts [for example, the home, health, leisure and culture], and industrial contexts [for example, engineering, manufacturing, construction, food, energy, agriculture (including horticulture) and fashion].

Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11 follow the Cambridge 9-1 IGCSE curriculum and will sit the external examination at the end of year 11.

Educational visits and extra -curricular activity

Student are exposed to a number of educational visits to designated industrial locations within our local environment. One of which is a recycling plant; this is in alignment with our Ecofriendly drive. 

Fun STEM Fair

An annual opportunity for students at all levels to engage hands-on projects, quizzes, to challenge their ability to apply the skills they have learnt during their DT lessons. The fair will feature activities from Art, Maths, Science, and ICT.

Rooms and resources

The majority of teaching takes place in the DT room. A wide range of Technological equipment will be employed in delivering the curriculum.

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