Design Technology

At Key Stage 3, students follow a carousel system visiting each Design Technology area once a year in order for them to develop their skills and understanding across the subject.

Year 7

Year 7 students follow a skills based curriculum, using of a variety of tools and machinery to produce a range of outcomes. In Textiles, students use sewing machines to make a pencil wrap whilst using their graphic skills to add surface decoration. In Food, students develop their knife skills concluding in a Pizza project; whilst in the workshop, students develop measuring and marking out skills to create a Blockhead. Homework includes the Westhoughton High School LEARN ethos in Design Technology materials or ingredients.


Year 8

Year 8 students start to develop their understanding of materials and processes. In Food, students work with pastry and develop a range of techniques to make batches of baked goods. Corel Draw is introduced to design a clock from acrylic and workshop skills are developed to make either a phone or tea light holder. In Textiles students learn the process of Tie Dye and inserting a zip to make a draw string bag. Homework includes Upcycling.


Year 9

Year 9 focuses on the students working with multiple materials. Using a combination of workshop and CAD skills, students design and make their own product from their own design brief. In Textiles, students combine electrics with fabrics to make Ugly dolls. Food lessons develop their practical skills further and introduce cooking meat, fish and chicken dishes which are higher risk dishes. Homework includes researching careers in Design and Technology.


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, our current Year 11 students are studying WJEC Catering, whilst Year 10 are working towards VCERT Food and Cooking. WJEC Catering comprises of two units of controlled assessment and an exam. VCERT is four units of work, one is an externally assessed exam.


The OCR Product Design course consist of two controlled assessments, one externally assessed Innovation Challenge and one externally assessed exam. We are currently researching the new specifications.


Additional Opportunities for Learning in Design Technology

  • Secret Reward Club: As part of our reward system student who have achieved “excellent” in a project our invited to an after school club where they can design, create and make.
  • Design Technology Competitions: We have continued success in winning a range of National and Local Competitions. Most recently, Year 10 students gained 1st and 2nd place in the Pro Skills Print-It competition
  • Senior Citizens Party; our Year 10 students cater for our annual Senior Citizens Christmas party, providing sandwiches, savouries and desserts for over 50 local people.
  • Trips; Students have visited local companies including Stateside Pizza and Allie’s Edibles and have participated in local Yarn Bomb events.
  • We advertise our Design Technology successes monthly in our Adventures of Design Technology display