In Design and Technology lessons students develop their ability to create useful products with a range of materials and processes.  Starting with simple tasks set by the teacher, students will learn to manipulate materials by hand, with machines and computer controlled equipment including laser cutters, CNC routers and 3D printers. 

Design Technology Project


Year 7: Students focus on …

H&S in the workshop. Skills development and design of an acrylic key-ring.

Practical production of key-ring

Micro-bit competition- developing a rocket car in teams of 4.

Using a laser cutter.

Developing CAD skills.


Year 8: Students focus on …

Electronics – the role of the transistor and how to solder.

Working in metal – sheet aluminium and pewter casting.

Developing more CAD skills.

Working in metal – sheet aluminium and pewter casting.

Developing CAM skills.

Electronics and 3D printing/laser cutting.

Building a mood light and a house in card or PLA.

Electronics and 3D printing/laser cutting.

Building a mood light and a house in card or PLA.

Designing an analogue clock.

Developing an individual approach to a common project


Year 9: Students focus on …

Making the clock.

Developing individual practical skills.

Working with solid wood.

Developing skills to work in pine to cut a half lap joint.

Designing a container for a specific purpose.

Designing in response to a personally identified need.

Container production.

Developing individual practical skills.


Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) (50%)

A project chosen by students selected from 3 briefs set by the exam board.

Written Paper (50%)

Questions covering designing, making, industrial practices in a range of materials.

Year 10: Over the year students will work individually and in groups on projects set by the teacher and selected by students.  Regular theory lessons will cover the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the written exam.

Year 11: The focus will be on the completion of the NEA which will begin in September and be completed by the end of March.


KS3: Assessments cover both design skills and completion of practical work.  Equal weighting is given to these two aspects.

KS4: Assessments cover design skills, completion of practical work, written tasks and written exam papers.


KS3: Set most weeks and supported/explained on the VLE

KS4: Year 10 students complete a learning diary which should record learning resulting from practical activities.  They also collect pictures for a scrapbook of great designs and particular companies including Apple and Dyson.


Students can extend or catch up on work during lunchtimes in the workshop.  All Year 7 students compete to represent the school in the Race for the Line rocket car competition.  Students can enter a number of STEM competitions including F1 in Schools, VEX Robotics and Airgineers.

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