Design Technology and Food

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Curriculum Information for Key Stage 3 students


Welcome to the DT and Food department


Our aim is to give all students an experience of solving design problems with creativity. Helping them to develop communication, analysis and making skills throughout each year. They will use a variety of different materials and techniques and develop each skill as they move through from year 7 to 9.


Design Technology runs on a carousel system. Different classes will do each rotation at different times in the year to allow for specialist rooms to be timetabled correctly. Each project runs independently to each other, covering varied aspects of the Design Technology curriculum.

What topics will I study in KS3 (years 7, 8 & 9):



Core Design Skills Rotation Textiles (Year 7 and 8)

Graphics(Year 9) Rotation

Food & Nutrition Rotation
Year 7 Skills Passport: Wood


·  Develop basic workshop practise.

·  Create and practice wood joints.

·  Learn about fixings, different types of wood materials.

·  Learn how wood can be curved and bent.

·  Create a curved laminated mobile phone stand.


·  Making of joint

·  Making of phone holder

·  Evaluation of skills

Lasercut Lantern Project


·     Visual analysis skills,

·     2D CAD

·     Laser cutting

·     Pattern design work

·     Scales of production


·     Written analysis if a design movement

·     Design idea sketches

·     CAD drawing used to later cut pattern

Cultural Cushion


·  Use of recycled fabrics

·  Threading the sewing machine

·  Hand sewing;

·  Applique

·  Finishing fabric


· Mood board

· Design ideas

· Final cushion cover

Learning to Cook



·    Eat well guide,

·    Healthy eating,

·    Nutrients needed in the body

Food Safety

·    Health and safety

·    Food hygiene

Food Choice

·    Cooking methods

·    Sensory analysis

Food Science

·    How food is cooked,

·    Coagulation of eggs

·    Aeration

·    Food provenance


·   Sensory analysis

·   Research into healthy eating

·   Healthy muffin practical


Year 8 Skills Passport: Polymers


·  Polymer materials,

·  Acrylic cutting and shaping

·  Pillar drill

·  Heating and forming polymers including vacuum forming.

·  Soldering circuit boards, fixings, forces, tolerance.


·  Making an acrylic desk organiser

·  Soldering a circuit board

·  Creating a vacuum formed night light case.


Sustainability Design Team Project


·     Looking at sustainability and material management, raising awareness of intellectual property, looking at how products are assembled, learning about prototyping and 3D sketching


·     Product Analysis of existing flat pack products

·     Design Ideas for the flat pack product

·    Product Evaluation

Puggly Mascot


·  Use of recycled fabrics or clothing to be designed and transformed into a Puggly Mascot.

·  Using the sewing machine confidently

·  Quality assurance

·  Use of templates and applying seam allowance.

·  Applique and embroidery – finishing fabric.

·  Using the sewing machine confidently

·  Quality assurance

·  Use of templates and applying seam allowance.

·  Applique and embroidery – finishing fabric.


· Product analysis

· Design ideas

· Final puggly practical.

The Function of Ingredients



·   Develop on prior knowledge of nutrients, minerals and vitamins, nutritional analysis

Food Safety

·   Micro-organisms, cross-contamination, high risk foods

Food Science

·   Fats and oils, denaturation and coagulation, gluten


·   Nutritional analysis

·   Own snack practical

·   Sensory evaluation

Year 9 Skills Passport 3


·  Metal materials,

·  Basic cutting and shaping skills in aluminium.

·  Advanced forming of metal (die casting)

·  Bending metals,

·  Making screw threads


·  Designing a range of effective pewter casting

·  Making a pewter cast keyring/pendant.



Designing for Disability Project


· Researching a client, advanced modelling skills, meeting the needs of a specific target audience

· Looking at the needs of a range of different users, looking at how products are adapted to support these different needs, prototyping

· Block modelling, designing for a specific target audience, looking at how products evolve and develop


·  Product analysis of existing products aimed at people with a range of different disabilities

·  Final Design (for a product of your choice)

·  Practical Assessment: Making a prototype

· Final evaluation of the chosen product

Graphics Skills


·   Designing a range of different graphic products, researching colour theory and typography and looking at how graphic products are produced

·   Analysing products, designing products, CAD (simple editing and manipulation of imagery on the computer)


·  Product analysis of existing products

·  Final Design (for the film poster, DVD cover or wrapper)

·  Making assessment for the poster, DVD cover or wrapper

·  Final evaluation of the product

Culturally Inspired Meals



·    Develop on prior knowledge of nutrients, energy balance, obesity, type 2 diabetes

Food Safety  

·    Micro-organisms, food storage, cross-contamination, high risk foods

Food Science

·    Gelatinisation

Food Provenance

·    Food impact on the environment, deforestation, over-fishing, fairtrade

Food Choice

·  Additives, GM foods, vegans/vegetarians, religion, intolerances/allergies, cuisines


·   Researching into cultures/cuisines/traditions.

·   Time plan of own choice meal

·   Own choice main meal practical.


Can I study this at KS4?     

‘Design and Technology’ and ‘Food Preparation and Nutrition’ are both available at GCSE level

Are there any enrichment opportunities in school?

Carpentry club often runs depending on interest.

What could I do/read at home to help myself or where could I visit to help my learning?

Any programs or books that encourage an awareness of construction, design awareness, sustainability, mechanisms, materials and cookery are a good place to start.

Useful websites: