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Technology (Key Stage 3)


Students in year 7 & 8 will experience all areas of Design & Technology. They will work on a carousel system and complete 4 projects during year 7, and a further 4 projects in year 8.


Year 7

What will pupils study this year?

In year 7, students will be introduced to working practices within Design & Technology. Students will experience all areas of Design & Technology including Food, Textiles and Product Design. Year 7 will be focussed on learning how to safely use tools and equipment and how to work independently and as part of a team.




 In food we focus on basic food preparation skills e.g. safe use of knives, hob, grill, oven and other equipment. Other skills taught include washing up, accurate weighing and measuring, combining ingredients and following verbal and written instructions. All of the products we make are linked to the Eat Well Guide to ensure awareness of healthy eating and encourage sensible food choice.

 Products made will depend on time of year seasonality wherever possible. Examples of products made include pasta salad, tomato sauce with pasta, fruit crumble, pizza toast and chicken nuggets.


 The Year 7 Textiles project is an introduction to textiles, including understanding what textiles are and where they come from. The project task is based on using different colours and shapes. Students will design and make a fabric wall hanging using a range of textured fabrics. Design development and presentation skills including rendering will be taught alongside key subject theory content. Students will make a fabric wall hanging using a range of textured fabrics.

They will learn about natural and synthetic fibres, what they are and the different working properties to enable them to select appropriate materials. All students will learn how to use a sewing machine independently and will use them to create their own work of art. They use a range of equipment to enable them to produce a quality finished product.

 Product Design

Aquarium Project

 In this project students will explore working with a variety of materials such as acrylic plastic, aluminium and plywood. They will learn about the source and origin of these materials and will develop an understanding of how the properties of these materials make them suitable for different applications.

 Students have the opportunity to use and learn about a range of hand tools and workshop machinery and will use these skills to develop a quality outcome. The project will raise planning and evaluation skills and will give students the opportunity to develop as independent learners.

 Product Design

Skyline Project

 In this project, students use Computer Aided Design (CAD software) to design and make a stationery holder based on famous buildings from around the world. The skyline project allows students to develop their Computer Aided Design skills by focusing on accuracy and detail and provides students with the opportunity to produce their product using a more up to date manufacturing method.

 The project also focuses on sketching techniques and developing their sketching skills. Students are encouraged to use their imaginations to develop an eye-catching an interesting design

 Product Design

Nightlight Project

 Exploration of using silhouettes as a design inspiration all students will design and make a small nightlight. Students will develop their understanding of CAD/CAM practices and how this can be used to produce a quality outcome.

 This project also focuses on manufacturing a circuit to build into the nightlight and all students will learn how to safely construct and solder the LED circuit.    


Year 8

What will pupils study this year?

In year 8, students will build on the skills and practices developed in year 7 and undertake 4 more challenging projects in preparation for selecting their Design & Technology GCSE option choices.




 In year 8 the students begin to make more challenging food products building on the skills learned in year 7. Again, all products made are linked to the Eat Well Guide in order to increase awareness of healthy eating and sensible food choice.

 Students will also learn about nutrition and some elements of food science are taught. We also look more closely at cooking with meat, and learn about safe handling of raw meat in order to avoid cross contamination and food poisoning.

 We also investigate other factors affecting food choice e.g. organic, Fairtrade and locally produced ingredients. Products made in year 8 include curry, savoury rice, lasagne, and potato or pasta bake and carrot cake muffins.


 Students design and make a cushion cover in year 8 using recycled materials. Students will develop skills they learnt in year 7 whilst learning a range of new decorative and construction techniques.

 The project begins with detailed primary and secondary research. This allows students to write a detailed product specification that considers the user’s needs. They will develop a range of design ideas using presentation techniques in preparation for GCSE standards and also how to annotate and justify decisions.

 Alongside designing and making, students will learn about recycling and sustainability. They will produce a cushion cover using tie dying, stencilling as well as using the sewing machine and over-locker to construct a finished product.

 Product Design

Transport Project

 In this design project students will be given a design task of how traffic could be reduced outside school.

 As part of this task students will look at how more students could be encouraged to walk to school and will design a new product that aims to do this. Students will have to consider their user looking at ergonomic and anthropometric data and how they can improve on existing products.

 Students will also explore new technologies such as smart materials and look at ways that these could be applied to their design idea.

 Product Design

E-Textiles Light

 The project aims to combine both textile and product design materials to create a colour changing mood light cube. Rather than soldering the circuit will be made using e-textile resources such as conductive thread and press stud switches.

 In this project students will use mathematical drawing and modelling such as one point perspective and nets to plan their design so that they can independently work through the task. Students will learn about how e-textiles are currently being used and how modern materials may be used in the future.

 Product Design

Passive Amplifier

 The passive amplifier project will focus on alternative ways that sound can be amplified other than using a typical speaker. This will encourage students to think about the impact of our electronic products and how designers have a role in reducing this impact.

 All students will use their workshop and 2D design skills to make a passive amplifier that can be used to amplify sound from a phone or similar device. The project will also include design and presentation skills that will be needed in KS4.