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'Design and Technology' and 'Food and Nutrition'

Head of Department: Mr R Healey


Design and Technology


Curriculum Overview in Years 7, 8 and 9

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. 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. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising. 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. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in design and make activities.

Pupils cover a wide range of skills throughout Key Stage 3 in a number of disciplines including: Graphics, Electronics, Resistant Materials, Food, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture.

Students develop detailed knowledge and skills across the design and technology curriculum and, as a result, achieve well. They are readied for the next stage of education where appropriate, or employment or training through their lessons.


GCSE Design and Technology

Course Leader: Mr Healey

This content of this new GCSE course has been refreshed and enhanced, while retaining what teachers liked about the outgoing specifications. This GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.  They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes.  Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Year 11 will focus on ‘Non– exam assessment’ which is commonly referred to as ‘Controlled Assessment’ or ‘Coursework’. This will be 50% of the marks for this subject and will include a design and make project based on a brief issued by the Edexcel examination board.

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

● Demonstrate their understanding that all design and technological activity takes place in
contexts that influence the outcomes of design practice

● Develop realistic design proposals as a result of the exploration of design opportunities and users’ needs, wants and values

● Use imagination, experimentation and combine ideas when designing

● Develop the skills to critique and refine their own ideas while designing and making

● Communicate their design ideas and decisions using different media and techniques, as
appropriate for different audiences at key points in their designing

● Develop decision-making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and
resources when managing their own project work

● Develop a broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and practical skills
to develop high-quality, imaginative and functional prototypes

● Be ambitious and open to explore and take design risks in order to stretch the development of design proposals, avoiding clichéd or stereotypical responses

● Consider the costs, commercial viability and marketing of products

● Demonstrate safe working practices in design and technology

● Use key design and technology terminology, including those related to: designing, innovation and communication; materials and technologies; making, manufacture and production; critiquing, values and ethics.


Food Preparation and Nutrition available for study in Years 10 and 11

Course Leader: Mrs H Jenkinson

As nutrition, healthy eating and the preparation of food are regularly highlighted in the media, it is essential for students to be able to put what they learn in school into practice. This course does that by giving students the ability to make wise food choices and understand the principles behind why foods act the way they do e.g. why does bread rise, sauces thicken and cakes rise? This course will enable students to use the knowledge they gain in practical situations. Home Economics: Food and Nutrition would be an ideal option for someone interested in pursuing Sciences or PE at college, as well as those interested in a career in the Food Industry. It combines learning about food with gaining practical food preparation skills.

What does Food and Nutrition involve?

● Nutrition, diet and health throughout life

●Food preparation and cooking; techniques and skills

● Scientific principles behind the preparation and cooking of food

● Factors affecting our choice of food

● Advertising

● Consumer issues

● Food safety and hygiene

● Packaging


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