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Design And Technology

The Design and technology department is located on the second floor of the school building.

There are two main areas within the department; the Food technology room, and the Textiles room. Both rooms are purpose built and well resourced. A computer suite connects the two rooms and can be utilised when needed.

Design and technology is taught to all pupils in year 7 to 9. Pupils work in each material area on a rotation basis.

Topics covered in the Key stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7 Food

  • Safety & Hygiene.
  • Equipment and their uses.
  • Knives & their uses.
  • Nutrition- Dietary Guidelines.
  • The cooker – Heat transfer.
  • Cooking using dry and moist heat.
  • Food poisoning and how to prevent it.
  • Make products using the skills and knowledge they have learned.

YEAR 7 Textiles

  • Safety in the textiles room.
  • Equipment and their uses.
  • The sewing machine.
  • Sewing practice – Tacking, sewing on a button .
  • Construction – How to sew a plain seam; insert a zip.
  • Embellishment techniques: such as Applique’; hand embroidery.

Year 8 Food

  • Recap Safety & Hygiene.
  • Recap Equipment.
  • Nutrition – Eatwell Guide. Why do we need to eat food?
  • Cooking methods and how they change foods.
  • Sauce making.
  • Cereals and the products made with them.
  • How to prepare healthy meals. ‘The Right Combination.’

Year 8 Textiles

  • Recap Safety in the Textiles room.
  • Recap Equipment.
  • Recap safe use of the sewing machine.
  • Learn about Multi-media techniques that can be used to create the design for the front of a cushion: Printing; stencilling; fabric crayon; paints.
  • Use embellishment techniques such as beading; sequins; buttons and applique’.
  • Apply all the knowledge and skills learned to make a cushion cover and cushion, which will also have recycled materials and fabrics.

Year 9 Food

  • Food hygiene & Safety.
  • Equipment & Uses.
  • Nutrition – The nutritional needs of individuals.
  • Healthy Eating – Fibre; Fat; Sugar and Salt.
  • Cooking with yeast
  • Cooking Methods – Baked Products.
  • Pastry making – Shortcrust and Filo.

Year 9 Textiles

  • Recap Safety in the Textiles room.
  • Higher level sewing skills.
  • Exploring ways to put pattern on fabric, using resist methods and dyeing to apply colour.
  • Fabric made into an Indian Banjara bag / purse; traditionally hand finished.
  • Design advertising logo / label incorporating their fashion design label.

At the end of key stage 3 pupils are able to opt for various subjects to study at key stage 4. These include: Hospitality & Catering; Art & Design Textiles Design; Cambridge National in Health & Social Care and Child development.

Key Stage 4

Hospitality & Catering

This is a vocational course and students will obtain a Pass at Level 1; Pass; Merit or Distinction at Level 2 at the end of this course.

The following areas are studied:

Unit 1 -The Hospitality & Catering Industry

  • The Hospitality and catering industry.
  • Jobs within the industry.
  • How the hospitality & catering industry operates.
  • Health & safety requirements in the workplace.
  • How foods can cause ill health; such as allergies and intolerances.
  • Food safety legislation.
  • To be able to propose hospitality & catering provision to meet customer needs.

Unit 2 - Hospitality & Catering in action

  • Nutrients.
  • Nutritional needs of specific groups of people and the effects of deficiencies in the body.
  • The impact of cooking methods on the nutritive value of food.
  • Meal Planning.
  • Environmental issues and menu planning.
  • Menu planning and meeting customer needs.
  • The production of dishes for a menu.
  • Commodities; such as Eggs; Flour; Fish.
  • Techniques used for the preparation of commodities.
  • Cooking methods.
  • Presentation techniques.


Cambridge National in Child development

The course is made up of three units of work. One externally assessed and two internally assessed units. Students will obtain a Pass; Merit or Distinction at Level 1 or 2, at the end of this course.

Unit RO18Health & Well-being for Child development

This is externally assessed and has the following content.

  • Reproduction and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood.
  • Antenatal care and preparation for birth.
  • Postnatal checks postnatal provision and conditions for development.
  • How to recognise, manage and prevent childhood illnesses.
  • Know about child safety.

Unit RO19Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to 5 years

  • Understand the key factors when choosing equipment for babies, birth to 12 months.
  • Understand the key factors when choosing equipment for children from one to five years.
  • Know the nutritional guidelines and requirements for children birth to five years.
  • Able to investigate and develop solutions for children from birth to five years.

Unit RO20Understand the development of a child from birth to five years

  • Understand the physical, intellectual and social developmental norms from birth to five years.
  • The benefits of learning through play.
  • Planning of different play activities for a chosen development area with a child from birth to five years.
  • How to carry out and evaluate different play activities for a chosen developmental area with a child from birth to five years.


Cambridge National Health & Social Care

The course consists of two units of work. Students will obtain Pass; Merit or Distinction at level 1 or 2 at the end of this course.

Unit RO21 - Essential Values of care for use with individuals in care settings

RO21 It is an externally assessed unit, as a written exam paper.

  • How to support individuals to maintain their rights.
  • The importance of the values of care and how they are applied.
  • How legislation impacts on care settings.
  • How personal hygiene, safety and security measures protect individuals.

Unit RO22 – Communicating and working with individuals in Health, Social Care and Early years settings

RO22 It is an internally assessed unit and involves producing a portfolio of evidence that meet assessment criteria.

  • How to communicate effectively.
  • The personal qualities that contribute to effective care.
  • Be able to communicate effectively within a health, social care and early years setting.


Art & Design- Textiles Design

The course consists of two components:

Component 1 is a portfolio of practical work, worth 60% of the final exam marks, that is internally set and assessed, to meet the following assessment objectives:

AO1 Develop ideas through research

  • Themed mind map.
  • Mood board.
  • Evaluation of work inspired by designers.
  • Observational drawings.

AO2 – Refine work by experimenting.

  • Experiment with a range of different textiles techniques.
  • Produce samples for each piece of research conducted and make links between them.

AO3 – Record ideas using observational drawings and explanations

  • Produce observation drawings.
  • Produce design pages.
  • Evaluate samples and design ideas.

AO4 – Present a final piece.

Component 2 is the externally set task, which is assessed using the same criteria and is worth 40% of the final exam marks.

Students will be awarded a GCSE grade 1-9 at the end of this course.