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Design & Technology

How much curriculum time is given to Subject:

Students are given the opportunity to study three Technology disciplines: Food Technology, Resistant Materials and Graphic Products over the year. These subjects are taught in a carousel system. Students study each discipline for approximately twelve weeks on a one lesson per week basis. All classes are mixed ability.

What topics is my child covering this term and what will they cover?

Year 5 Units of study

Resistant Materials: Spoon rest design & make task

  • Why is health and safety so important in the workshop?
  • How can I decorate, form and finish acrylic in the workshop?
  • How can I plan my practical so that it runs smoothly?
  • How successful is my product and how could it be improved?

Graphic Products: Jungle Juice

Year 5 & 6

Food Technology: Introduction to Food Studio – Expectations & Safety

  • Do I understand health and safety requirements within food preparation?
  • How do we use knives to cut safely?
  • How do we ensure safety of moving equipment within the room?
  • Can I use instructional text to create a recipe?
  • Am I able to evaluate my end product?
  • Can I use instructional text to create a recipe?
  • What products are dairy?
  • Can we experience success in making a secondary product?
  • Am I able to follow a recipe?
  • Am I able to successfully combine ingredients?
  • Can I show understanding of why recipes are adapted?
  • What is meant by creaming method?
  • Am I able to successfully use this method?
  • Can I make informed decisions on products through tasting analysis?
  • Can I design a new product?

 Year 6

Resistant Materials: Structures challenge

  • What is a structure?
  • What are forces and how do they act against a structure?
  • How can structures be stabilised?
  • Can I apply my structures knowledge to create a stable sledge design?
  • How do I apply Pythagoras to my sledge design?
  • What is a cutting list? Why is it useful during planning?
  • How can I make my structure using workshop techniques?
  • How successful was my sledge and how can it be improved?

Graphic Products: Blister packaging design and make task

  • What is blister packaging?
  • How can I successfully analyse existing products?
  • How is blister packaging made in industry and how can I make it in the workshop?
  • How successful is my product and how can it be improved? 

Year 7

Resistant Materials: Night Light

  • How can we classify different wood? Why is wood so useful to us?
  • How will the light sensing circuit work in my product?
  • How can I create my nightlight using practical workshop techniques?
  • What are polymers and why are they so commonly used in our everyday lives?
  • How can I create a high quality practical finish?

 Graphic Products: Logos and branding

  • What is a logo and why is it so important in the advertising world?
  • What makes a successful logo?
  • How are logos characterised?
  • What is a mood board and how can I use it to inspire my designing?
  • How can I apply a range of graphic techniques to create a successful logo?
  • How successful is my product and how can it be improved?

 Food Technology: Food & Nutrition

  • What safety aspects do I need to be aware off when using the ovens?
  • Am I able to make informed choices about ingredients through tasting analysis?
  • Am I able to successfully combine ingredients?
  • Am I able to recognise preparation techniques used within recipes?
  • Am I able to write an effective evaluation?
  • Am I able to explain why recipes are adapted?
  • Am I able produce a completed product within time allowance?
  • Am I able to write an effective evaluation?
  •  Year 8

Resistant Materials: Free-standing Art-Deco Clock

  • What is Art-Deco and what makes it unique?
  • What are heat treatments and how can they be applied to my design ideas?
  • Can I work with precision when working with tools and techniques?
  • How environmentally friendly are polymers?
  • What is CAD and how can I use it to create design ideas?

 Graphic Products Perfume & Aftershave packaging

  • What is and what are the main functions of packaging?
  • What makes a successful perfume package?
  • Which materials are suitable for packaging and why?
  • How is packaging ass produced?
  • How is a packaging net different to those used in maths?
  • How can I create a decorative box
  • How can I make a high quality graphics package?

 Food Technology: Food & Nutrition

  • How do I avoid cross-contamination?
  • Am I able to prepare and present an end product in an aesthetic way?
  • Can I show an appropriate level of independence within my practical task?
  • How do I check that my food is cooked and safe to consume?
  • Why is refrigeration of my ingredients important?
  • How do I prepare my vegetables to ensure even cooking?
  • Am I able to make good use of time to complete all tasks including cleaning up?
  • Can I fully evaluate my products?
  • Do my products include healthy and nutritional elements
  • Can I design a full menu showing what would be serve with each dish?
  • Can I evidence nutritional facts, use of colour and texture?
  • How can I adapt my menu for other dietary requirements. Vegetarians, vegans, religious groups etc.

The Design & Technology department also offers a range of enrichment activities through-out the year. These include after school clubs in: Cookery, Wood tech., young engineers and card making.


Websites to explore:

Books to try:

  • KS3  Design & Technology, The Study guide by CGP books

Museums to visit

  • The Design Museum (Kensington)
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum  (Kensington)
  • Fashion & Textile Museum (London Bridge)