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Y9 & Y10 Trip to Turner Contemporary, Margate
Design and Technology

"Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas." Andy Goldsworthy

Head of Department: Gwen Frye
Asma Ali:
Leyla Hafezi:

KS3 Design and Technology

The Design Technology curriculum aims to engage students in a variety of creative and practical activities that will provide the students with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. Students will be taught how to Design, Make and evaluate, whilst acquiring technical knowledge. At the start of each year all students in Y7, Y8 and Y9 will follow a preparatory course. 

KS4 resistant materials

Our GCSE Design and Technology specification sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills required to undertake the iterative design process of exploring, creating and evaluating. The majority of the specification will be delivered through the practical application of this knowledge and understanding. 

The subject content has been split into three sections as follows:

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

In order to make effective design choices students will need a breadth of core technical knowledge and understanding that consists of:

  • New and emerging technologies
  • Energy generation and storage
  • Developments in new materials
  • Systems approach to designing
  • Mechanical devices
  • Materials and their working properties.

KS4 Textiles

GCSE Textile Design projects are designed to take students through the different stages of textile processes. They are guided through exploring and responding to a set theme, learning:

  • How sources inspire the development of ideas; the way in which meaning, ideas and intentions can be communicated through visual language
  • Using the formal elements; the characteristics, properties and effects of different media, materials and techniques; and the different purposes, intentions and functions of textile design

The course is structured around an initial period of teacher-led workshops followed by a period of independent work allowing students to develop and explore their own ideas, and demonstrate independent understanding of what it means to make textile design work.

Across the course students need to:

  • Develop ideas through investigating, selecting and critically analysing sources
  • Apply an understanding of textile practices and cultural industries to own work
  • Refine work as it progresses
  • Record ideas and observations using drawing and written annotation
  • Use visual language through effective and safe use of: Media, Materials, Techniques, Processes & technology
  • Use drawing skills for different purposes
  • Realise & present own intentions for making art and design work