Design Technology

“Design and Technology is unique, challenges both the hands and minds. It embeds… research, independence, technology, communications, leadership, teamwork and problem solving. Design Technology is not today’s woodwork. It breeds new products and business. It is academic and practical”

James Dyson

WHS DT Vision

To demonstrate how Design Technology links to other subjects and the wider world
To enable all students to accEss a curriculum which is creative, engaging, inspiring and appropriate
To become independent Skilful creative design students
To achIeve whilst enjoying
To use their imaGination
To develop an eNthusiasm for learning

Key Stage 3:

What will I learn?
What will I do?
Year 7

Food Technology• Safe use of equipment (including a paring knife, oven and hob)
• To use a recipe to make dishes
• Facts about the Eat Well Plate .
• Watch teacher led demonstrations
• Make a range of dishes including Apple Crumble and Pizza
• Evaluate dishes
Textiles• Safe use of equipment (Sewing machine, Needle, Pins)
• Follow flow charts to make
• You will make a pencil wrap
• You will use the sewing machine
• You will evaluate your practical tasks
Product Design• Safe use of tools and machinery (Tenon Saw, Pillar Drill, Rasps and Flat Files)
• A range of drawing skills
• CAD programmes
• You will make a Blockhead; by measuring and marking out, cutting and finishing pine.
• You will use tools independently
• Draw in Isometric, oblique and orthographic
Year 8

Food Technology• Safe use of equipment (including weighing and measuring for baking)
• Bake in batches using quality control methods
• Facts about the nutritional information ingredients
• Undertake activities to support knowledge and understanding around food and the effect on the human body
• Watch teacher led demonstrations
• Make a range of dishes including Raspberry buns, Scones, Bread and Mini Quiche
• Evaluate your own products for taste and appearance
Textiles• Safe use of equipment and processes (Tie Dye, Sewing machine, Needle, Pins)
• Assemble parts
• Analyse products for functional properties
• Make using dyes and insert a zip
• Construct a product (either a draw string bag or cushion)
Product Design• Safe use of tools and machinery (Coping Saw)
• How to design on both paper and PC 
• Investigate existing products to support your own work
• Use CAD to make a Clock
• Use workshop skills to make a pencil holder
Year 9

Food Technology• Safe use of equipment
• Cook using high risk ingredients (Meat and Chicken)
• Facts about food sources
• Undertake activities to support knowledge and understanding around the impact of food sources
• Watch teacher led demonstrations
• Make a range of dishes including; Spaghetti Bolognese, Curry and Sausage rolls
• Evaluate your work using key issues from the eat well plate
Textiles• Safe use of equipment and processes (Pattern cutting, Sewing machine, Needle, Pins)
• Construction of small complex parts to make a product
• Basic pattern drawing
• Investigate a range of techniques
• Write specifications
• Undertake a mock KS4 project
• Investigate a range of surface pattern techniques and convert in to greeting cards
• Make a Ugly Doll for a specific target user
Product Design• Safe use of tools and machinery (Tenon Saw, Pillar Drill, Rasps and Flat Files)
• A range of design techniques
• Investigate existing designers/design and use them to support your own creativity
• Write specifications
• Create your own product

Key Stage 4

Year 10:

Design Technology Food
Design Technology Product

Year 11:

  • VCert Level 2: Food and Cooking
  • VCert Level 2: Craft (Fabric and Product)

What will I learn?
What will I do?
Year 10

Design Technology Product
• Safe use of KS4 equipment (Wax batik, Milling machine)
• The Design Process
• How your current skills are applied post 16
• How design can solve problems
• Enhanced CAD, drawing and making techniques
• Participate in National Design Competitions such as Print it, Design Venture and the Royal Opera House
• Design small batch products in a range of materials such as gift cards, decorations
• Begin controlled assessments
Food• Basic Food Hygiene
• Nutrition and Diet
• Eat Well Plate
• Food Sources
• Seasonal effects
• Cooking skills
• Cooking equipment
• How to write controlled assessment tasks
• How to answer exam questions
• Cook a repertoire of dishes for a range of dietary requirements or project briefs
• Extend and refine knowledge the above subject information
• Revise
• Answer exam questions
• Evaluate dishes (including preparation)
Year 11

Craft (Product and Textiles) • Extend research skills
• Enhance existing drawing skills
• Develop planning skills
• Refine making skills
Term 1: Unit 3: Explore a craft brief
• Your externally assessed unit of work; whereby a design brief is analysed and ideas are developed into a final solution
Term 2 & 3a Unit 4: Produce final craft item
• Your internally assessed unit of work; whereby you plan then make your final product (Onesie, Fabric book, Table)
Food and Cooking Unit 3
• Food nutrition
• Eat well plate
• Food sources
• New cooking skills
Term 1: Unit 3 *External exam*
• Extend knowledge of exam content subjects
• Revise
• Extend and refine knowledge of how to answer exam questions

Term; Unit 4: Plan and produce dishes in response to a brief
• Undertake internally assessed work
• Research existing dishes for After Tea
• Make Afternoon Tea
• Evaluate products and user comments