Design Technology

Why is Design and Technology important?

Design and Technology (D&T) enhances pupils’ understanding of the sustainable issues and properties of plastic, wood and metal.  It also engages pupils with new technologies, including Smart materials, Laser cutter and Design and 3D printing. It encourages creative thinking and development of design potential. The subject provides a deeper understanding of how things are made and encourages pupils to be enterprising, resourceful and inventive.

Our aims are to provide opportunities for pupils to enjoy turning ideas into reality

  • to strive for successful outcomes.
  • to strive for successful outcomes
  • be creative and develop thinking skills
  • work independently and develop self esteem
  • to develop attitudes of curiosty, enquiry, initiative, ingenuity, resource fullness.
  • to experience a range of different materials

We have high expectations of all our students and lead by example. We deliver Design and Technology with a consistent and co-ordinated approach.

Design Technology is taught in 3 specialist rooms, a food technology room and two multi material workshop. All the rooms have interactive white boards.

Key Skills Required

Pupils will learn through the four main principles of the design making process, Explore, Design, Make, and Evaluate.

Topics Covered in Years 7 and 8

Number of lessons per week: 1

Pupils will be taught three topics during the year:

  • Plastic– Laser cut key tags project
  • Wood – Maze game project
  • Metal - Pewter pendent project

Pupils will follow the design process to research, design, and manufacture and evaluate a marketable product.


Homework will be set on a weekly basis. The homework will often be research or design and annotates are a key requirement.  


Assessment Details

Pupils are assessed regularly, through questioning, homework task and green pen tasks. Diagnostic monitoring will take place twice per half term.

Revision Support

Websites to access:


Mrs M Vadgama- Head of Department

Mr M Conroy

Key Tips for Success

  • Pupils should spend at least      30 minutes on their homework.
  • Always bring to lesson a      pencil, rubber, shaper, ruler, pen and colour pencils.
  • Pupils should always ask for      help in areas that they are unsure of. They must ask for help with their      homework in advance of the deadline.
  • Make sure that all work is      presented neatly and always written in full and detailed sentences.
  • Keep booklet clean and safe      by purchasing a clear folder from the department for 20p. 

How can a parent help their child succeed? 

  • Supervise your child’s      homework.
  • Understanding what the where      the homework success criteria
  • Be willing to answer      questions to help your child.
  • Prompt your child to use      keywords at all times when annotating.
  • Please encourage your child      to discuss their projects with you and explore new technologies, materials      and products with them.