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Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, design and technology forms part of the learning children acquire under the ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World' branch of the Foundation Stage curriculum. The  children will learn through first-hand experiences. They will be encouraged to explore, observe, solve problems, think critically, make decisions and to talk about why they have made their decisions.The making skills appropriate to the pupils are approached and applied in many areas of the Early Years curriculum.  In Reception pupils will be given the opportunity to build and construct with a wide range of objects, selecting appropriate resources and adapting their work where necessary. The pupils will be encouraged to select the tools and techniques they need to shape, assemble and join the materials they are using.

Key Stage 2

Design and Technology will be delivered through the provision of planned progressive series of units of work alongside the activities and skills undertaken in Art and Design taking place in the classroom.  Within Design and Technology areas covered will include, malleable materials, textiles, food , structures and mechanisms. All pupils will be taught the P.O.S. for KS2 for Technology or Art or selected material from other Key Stages where it is necessary to enable individual pupils to progress and demonstrate achievement. Wherever possible, first-hand experience are provided through relevant visits and experiences relevant to the units of work.

Key Stage 3 and 4 

Within Key Stage 3 students are given opportunities to explore a wide variety of skills and techniques, by undertaking 3 projects throughout the year. Projects cover a range of topics, including Food Technology, resistant materials (two projects using timber and metal), graphics and textiles.  

In Food Technology, students learn the value of a healthy diet through both theory tasks and practical activities where they are taught basic cooking skills.  During the project pupils will make a variety of fruit based products and will go on to develop designs for a healthy cereal bar for a child, based on their knowledge and understanding of healthy eating and the Eat Well Plate.   In Year 8 pupils will continue to develop their skills/methods and will prepare a range of healthy sweet and savoury items. Their design element will require pupils to design a pizza for client with specific dietary needs. 

Resistant Materials is broken down into two areas: wood based tasks, and metal work. Students will gain a broad range of skills in the workshop through working with a variety of tools, equipment and machinery to make high quality products. Each project includes tasks to build students’ knowledge and understanding of the theory side of Design & Technology.  

In Textiles, students will design and make soft toys or winter garments, where they will gain valuable skills in using fabric to make high quality products. Students are taught basic hand and machine sewing skills. 

In Year 9 and 10 students undertake accreditation at a level which offers challenge to the individual student. In the department we offer a range of qualifications - WJEC Entry level 2 and 3 and also BTEC Level 1 and 2 Home cooking skills. These qualifications allow pupils to expand on their knowledge and develop their independent skills in the specific subject area.

Food Technology is an important life skill for our pupils and the courses allow pupils to work at a level suitable for the individual’s needs.  Pupils following the WJEC programme will look at personal hygiene and health and safety in the kitchen. Pupils will undertake a variety of theory and practical activities.  Pupils undertaking the BTEC course will progress through a range of theory and practical assessments.  Towards the end of the 2 year course pupils will have to demonstrate their cooking skills by planning and making a meal independently. 

Qualification Subject    
WJEC Health & Food Entry 2 Entry 3
WJEC Health, Safety & Hygiene Entry 2 N/A
WJEC Basic Food Preparation N/A Entry 3
BTEC Home Cooking Skills Level 1 Level 2


Resistant Materials continues to build students’ skills in working with metal, as well as developing their research and design skills, through making a keying/pendant cast in pewter. Students use Computer-Aided Design to develop their product, gaining valuable skills in ICT within the subject, as well as hand tools to file and polish the pewter.  The second project in this area sees students produce technical drawings to plan and manufacture a small storage item or desk tidy using wood.

Qualification Subject Entry 2 Entry 3
WJEC Health & Safety ü ü
WJEC Planning ü ü
WJEC Modelling ü ü
WJEC Making a Product ü ü


Our 6th Form programme offers a wide range of Technology and Art & Design specialisms-  from ceramics, construction, graphics, painting and much, much more.  These are delivered through a cross- curricular capacity such as enterprise. Pupils have conducted market research, and designed and made products to sell to the general public.  This is also supported with their links to college.

Learning to cook is an important area for our pupils to develop independent living skills. Throughout their time in 6th Form all pupils experience cooking for others. Some pupils may gain further accreditation in this area.  Pupils will select suitable recipes, go shopping for ingredients and then come back to school to prepare and cook their chosen meal for the rest of the group.  They also learn the importance of hygiene and undertake important life skills including organising the kitchen (washing up, setting the table etc.), learning suitable social skills and manners.

KS5 undertake a variety of other Technology specialisms - from ceramics, graphics, designing these are delivered through a cross- curricular capacity.  This is also supported with their links to college.

Design Technology Rolling Programme