Technology and Vocational

Design and Technology

The Design and Technology curriculum is structured over five years to equip pupils with the practical knowledge and skills to carry out design and manufacture of products, whether for personal or commercial use. 

Pupils will be taught foundational knowledge of material areas and properties, and how these are applied to the design and manufacturing process.  By the end of Year 9, pupils will have a firm grasp of fundamental design skills including how to use CAD/CAM software.

From Year 10, pupils study towards the AQA GCSE Design and Technology qualification, learning how to investigate a design brief, research the issues that arise and design and make a produce that is suitable for a user and commercially viable.

Year 10

Autumn 1

Timber based materials

Sources, origins and properties
Working with timber based materials
Commercial manufacturing,
Surface Treatments and Finishes

Practical: Box Project

Autumn 2

Designing  Principles

Industry and enterprise
People, culture, and society
Core Technical Principles
Sustainability & the Environment
Ecological & Social Footprint
Designing Principles
Production Techniques & systems
Scales of Production

Spring 1 Polymers
Polymers - Sources, origins and properties
Working with polymer based materials and fixings
Commercial manufacturing & quality control
Spring 2

Common Specialist Principles
Forces and stresses on materials and objects from Year 9
Mechanical devices

Using angular measurement in degrees. Determine angular movement of mechanisms 

Core Technical Principles
Systems approach to designing

Summer 1

Designing  Principles
Informing design decisions
Investigation, primary and secondary data
The work of others
Design strategies

Making principles
Selection of Materials and Components
Tolerances and Allowances
Material Management and marking out

Recognise and use expressions in decimal and standard form.

Calculating surface areas and volumes - Trigonometry & Area of shapes and calculating waste material.

Recognise and use expressions in decimal and standard form.

Tessellation of shapes and patterns.

Summer 2

A01 - Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities
A: Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities

Handling data - Understanding and representing data including bar charts, pie charts. Presentation of data. Diagrams, bar charts and histograms.

B: Producing a design brief & specification

A02 - Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose.
C: Generating Design Ideas
3 design ideas pages with inspiration

Year 11

Autumn 1

A02 - Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose.
D: Developing design ideas
Review of ideas against spec
Card modelling
Model evaluation
Design development Sketches
Model development and reviews
Parts layout drawings Solid works

Recognising and using expression in decimal and standard form. Basic measuring and number

Autumn 2

A02 - Design and Make Prototypes that are fit for purpose.
E: Realising Design Ideas

Analysing & Evaluating
F: Analysing & Evaluating

Costing using basic number and calculating areas of triangles, rectangles, rectangles and volumes of cubes. To determine material needed and calculate waste.

Spring 1

Designing & Making Principles
Specialist tools, equipment. 
Techniques and processes.
Surface treatments and finishes.
Improving Functionality

Core Technical Principles
Energy Generation
Energy Storage
Six Rs recap

Spring 2 Exam Revision
Summer 1 Exam Revision
Summer 2  


Food Preparation and Nutrition

The curriculum is focussed around core knowledge of food and nutrition to ensure every pupil knows the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices. Pupils will be able to select and prepare healthy food with confidence as an essential life skill.

In Year 7, pupils learn about food and personal health and safety, the study of nutrition and foods and recipes from different cultures. In Year 8 they explore the science of cooking, the changing nutritional needs of humans at different life stages and food choices. Year 9 focused on developing and refining core practical skills including pupils developing recipes applying their knowledge to improve nutritional content or suitability for different groups or factors.

From Year 10, pupils study towards the AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition qualification, which gives them the ability to apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.