Download the Curriculum Statement for Design Technology and Engineering

Academic year 2021-22

What are we studying?

Year 7 

Design Technology (Rotation)
In their first term at the school it is important that we get the basics right and so we have a firm belief that a comprehensive introduction to Health and Safety in the workshop is paramount to efficient and productive practical working. Full instruction on the appropriate hand tools will be given as well as the age appropriate machinery. The first project they will attempt in year 7 will be a simple Storage Solution and they will explore softwoods, manufactured boards adhesives and simple woodworking joints.

Year 8

Design Technology (Rotation)
In Year 8 it is important for the students to realise the subject is a multi-skilled and a multi-material subject. This term we introduce them to design and manufacture of an Automaton. Using both Wood and Acrylic we introduce them to the associated skills and appropriate machinery to enable them to build on their skill base. Problem solving is also an important skill which together with marking out and measuring forms the backbone of their projects this term

Year 9

Design Technology (Rotation)
We will revisit woodworking skills but with the emphasis on good design and craftsmanship. A study will be made of several designers and makers relevant to the Clock project the students will be making. Dedication to time management and deadlines will become an integral part of the skills they will learn this term. More complex woodworking joints will be studied and executed and advancement in their knowledge of Design and Designers. WEBSITES

Teacher of DT and Engineering: Lawrence Davies

Teacher of Design Technology: Michael Moore


  • Analysis
  • Specification
  • Prototype
  • Iterative design
  • Development
  • Evaluation
  • Function
  • Aesthetics
  • Sustainability


Everything you need to be successful in Design Technology:

  • Be able to analyse a brief and from that write a design specification
  • Be creative and solve problems through design work – and accept failure as part of this.
  • Identify where developments in designs and prototypes can be made
  • Make products to a high standard of finish
  • Accept failure: it is an essential part of learning.
Where next


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