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Design and Technology: Key Stage 3

Product Design

Y7 Mechanical Grabber

As introduction to the world of Design and Technology the mechanical grabber project introduces the students to the way in which the design process works. The project enables them to research, design and make a product based on an idea that they have developed. They will learn why research is important in a project, various techniques to develop their ideas onto paper and various hand and machine tools. The final stage of the project will be evaluating their product and explaining what went well, what could be improved and more importantly why.


Y8 Microbit box

To continue the development in Product Design the students in their second project will learn about the use of electronics in products as well as develop the skills from the previous project. The project encompasses all the previously learnt skills as well as an introduction to the BBC microbit, Computer aided design software (CAD), vacuum forming and woodwork. After being given the brief for the project, another development from the previous year, the students research a problem, find a solution, programme the microbit, draw it in CAD and create their packaging. The final step, as ever is to evaluate their work and explain their mistakes, success and what could be changed.


Y9 Passive Amplifier

The final project of KS3 is the passive amplifier. This project again builds students design and making skills. The development will be in the use of more comprehensive research, further design strategies and techniques, more in depth CAD and continued development of the use of hand and machine tools. Students will design a passive amplifier for use with a specific mobile device. It will be based on a theme chosen and researched by them. This will lead into a specification of what the product must have before they design. The design process will include various techniques culminating with a finished CAD drawing. They will then proceed to the workshop where they will produce their designed product and then evaluate it against their specification to explain why it met or did not meet their specification.



Year 7 Film inspired bunting

Students learn a range of fabric decoration techniques in order to produce a piece of bunting inspired by the film/ TV programs/ books of their choosing. 

The processes and materials they explore include tie- dye, bondaweb applique, flexi foil and hand embroidery. They use these materials to produce a series of embellished triangles which they later attach together. 


Year 8 Multicultural printed patterned bags

Students print their own drawstring bag which they designed taking inspiration from the patterns.

They learn the technique of block printing and then manufacture a bag which the can then embellish further after construction. Students are taught to safely use a sewing machine and basic construction techniques.


Year 9 Photo chromic phone cases

Students make their own pattern for a felt phone case to fit their own mobile phones. They learn basic pattern cutting skills, how to construct and test their prototype and finally make their own phone cases using the sewing machines.

Students are introduced to technology fabrics and must consider closely the needs of their design brief.


Food Technology

Year 7 Eat well, Be well

Food Technology is themed on Eat well, Be well, at the start of the course students look at health and safety rules in the kitchen based on the four C’s, Cooking, Cleaning, Chilling and Cross contamination. The first practical is fruit salad, students are shown how to use a knife safely, the basic knife grips used in the kitchen, how to use basic equipment and how to clear up. Students study the Eatwell guide promoting healthy eating and the different nutrients contained within the food groups. Students cook a variety of dishes including fruit crumble, scones and soup this teaches them different cooking methods, independence and teamwork.


Year 8 International Food

Food Technology is based on foods from around the world, students start the course by cooking stir fry. Students are set a research project to do for a country of their choice, they are set questions and must research and present their finding to the class. They then go on to cook a dish of their choice from the country they have chosen. We look at different countries and their food and cook a range of international dishes such as fajitas, pizza and spaghetti bolognaise.


Year 9 Raising Agents

Food Technology is based on the theme of raising agents and how they affect the food we cook; we also look at pastry and different uses of pastry. The year 9 course is designed to prepare them for GCSE and focuses on food science, the students take part in experiments to see how different ingredients can alter the outcome of the food cooked. They look at natural and chemical raising agents and how they can affect the flavour of the foods cooked as well as how effective they can be as a raising agent. Students cook different dishes that use pastry in a variety of ways such as quiche, sausage rolls and choux pastry.