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Design & Technology curriculum


Our vision for D&T is of an inspiring, rigorous curriculum centred around the teaching and learning of technical knowledge and practical competencies in support of the design and realisation of different products in a range of media. Creative thinking and an understanding of the broader design process underpins all. Wherever possible, pupils address ‘real life’ design problems derived from contextual challenges. Students learn design skills and methods and use an iterative approach to designing.

At KS3, we operate a rotation system whereby students spend each term covering particular subject areas with different specialist teachers. This way, students experience the full range of D&T material areas. We aim to meet all the demands of the National Curriculum for Design & Technology. Our curriculum is accessible to all through provision of a range of opportunities and challenges for students of diverse abilities, talents and backgrounds. Students learn to work both independently and in groups. All are encouraged to be well motivated and confident learners and problem solvers. Projects are based around design & make activities, covering a range of contexts and materials. Each project also aims to build technical knowledge and develop students’ ability to analyse and evaluate their own work. We aim to make links to designs and designers throughout history, providing opportunities for children to critically reflect upon and evaluate their designs. We also aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

We assess projects termly and monitor progress over time.  Ensuring that by the end of the key stage, students have:

●Developed the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently.

●The ability to apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users and critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.

●An understanding and ability to apply the principles of nutrition and how to cook. Students will be able to design and make a range of products.

●Developed a critical understanding of the impact of Design & Technology on daily life and the wider world.

At the end of KS3, students are able to progress into a range of D&T specialist areas.



D&T Product Design KS5 Curriculum Map

For more information on KS5 Technology courses click here 


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Contact the Design and Technology Department

Mr D Liggett Head of DT

Ms K Allaway Assistant Head & DT Teacher
Mr MBagherzadeh DT Teacher

Ms V Bhambra

DT Teacher

Mr D Ward

DT Teacher

Mr P Slater

DT Technician

Ms P Tailor

DT Technician (Food)



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