In Product Design students are taught how to design and manufacture in the modern world. They learn how to use a variety of design methods to generate their designs including freehand sketching, formal drawing, modelling and computer generated images. Students make their designs and are encouraged to learn how use traditional hand tools as well as power tools, machinery and equipment. All students experience the use of computer controlled machinery as part of their courses.

What Will You Do - KS3?

Year 7 Students complete design work for the Ice Scraper Project before moving to the workshops where they are introduced to a variety of bench tools and hand finishing processes. Later in the year they will work on a torch or lamp project which will use basic electronics as well as further design skills. Computer Aided Design (CAD) is introduced and all students experience Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).

Year 8 The School Bag Project develops the students experience of designing and allows them to to be adventurous and creative with their work. That then use a variety of new tools and equipment as part of the Pad Holder and Desk Tidy Project which includes vacuum forming and heat forming of plastic. Further work using CAD/CAM is covered in these projects and as separate work later in the year.

Year 9 Students have the opportunity to extend their designing skills in the Orange Phone Project and they are encouraged to be as creative as possible, using internet research to identify innovative designs to act as stimulus material. The second half of this rotation is spent developing practical skills as part of the Bird Feeder Project.

What Will You Do - KS4?

We currently are following the AQA Resistant Materials course which comprises:

Coursework which accounts for 60% of the final grade and includes the designing and making of a product which currently is a small table or stool. Examination which tests knowledge from across the course, including coursework, and involves design as well as theory knowledge.

In year 10 students work on a variety of projects which broaden their skill levels and experience of a wider range of tools, equipment and machinery. CAD/CAM is used extensively. Currently projects include Tealight Holder, Nameplate, Wooden Box, Dowelling Jig and Mirror frame. Coursework starts in the summer term once these projects have been completed and builds upon the foundation of year 10 work.


What Will You Do - KS3?

Year 7 In Year 7 the main focus of the teaching & learning is to bring all students practical and theoretical knowledge of food and nutrition to the same level. Instilling in the students the importance of food for their health, emotional and social well-being. Within the schemes of work students will develop their practical skills using a wide variety of tools and equipment; creating dishes such as pizza snacks, savoury sconces, oat cookies and Bolognese sauce, as well as designing and making festive treats and luxuries for Christmas. As the year progresses focus the students’ knowledge looking at the nutrients in food, their function and dietary sources. Please click on this link for the Year 7 Recipes.

Year 8 In Year 8 the focus is on electrical labour saving devices that can be used within food practicals. In the autumn term students are arranged into groups to begin a project to create a telesales pitch including a food demonstration for a particular piece of electrical equipment. The onus for practicals is on the development of the students skills using the labour saving devices creating products such as, chilled flans and steam puddings. Students begin to apply knowledge about the nutrients, looking into specific dietary needs and conditions of people and how lifestyle and food choices affect a person. In the summer term we focus on the topic Food and Our Environment. This topic changes year to year as we focus on key topical issues in the media such as; free range, fair trade, air miles, carbon foot printing. This demonstrates to students the affect that the consumption of food is having on our environment. Please click on this link for the Year 8 Recipes.

Year 9 – 12 week carousel lesson In the short time available, the focus is on breads and pasta. This provides the students with developing knowledge on the science behind foods. Students create traditional breads, breads from around the world and then apply this into a Domino’s design task. Students then look at pasta. They are given the opportunity to make traditional pasta from scratch in order to design and make their own pasta dishes with a sauce. We look at the history of pasta and why it has become such a staple food in many countries around the world. Please click on this link for the Year 9 Recipes.

What Will You Do - KS4?

We follow the AQA specification which is divided into two sections:

• Unit One is the exam worth 40% of the overall grade. Students will focus on topics including; nutrition, diet & health, the storage, preparation and cooking of food, the social & economic factors affecting food choice as well as food spoilage and packaging.

• Unit Two is the controlled assessment worth 60% of the overall grade. Students will complete two pieces of controlled assessment. An individual investigation in Year 11 worth 120marks and a research task in Year 10 worth 40 marks


What Will You Do - Year 9?

Year 9 Aim To enable pupils to gain the skills and knowledge required to design and make a textile item of their choice.


  • To use textiles material and equipment safely and with confidence.
  • To explore the methods used to add colour and decorations to fabric.
  • To develop the skills needed to carry out the design process
  • Research Investigation Designing Manufacturing Evaluation
  • To produce a useable finished article from Textiles in answer to a brief.

Course Content – (Divided into two parts) 1. Skills based

  • Safe use of Textiles equipment. Threading and controlled use of a sewing machine
  • Applying design and colour to fabric using the following techniques. Transfer crayons.
  • Transfer printing using florist paper.
  • Transfer printing using a computer.
  • Fabric crayons.
  • Fabric pens.
  • Appliqué.
  • Machine and hand stitching.

2. Design and Make Task Complete a Design and Make Task to produce a textile item suitable to be sold in a gift shop for a client of choice using the skills acquired in the first part of the course.

What Will You Do - KS4?

The examination comprises of:

• 2 hour written exam paper – 40%

• 40 hours Coursework project – 60%

The written exam tests pupil’s knowledge and understanding of textiles materials, components, processes/techniques, commercial practices and the evaluation of textile products. In the Design questions the candidates will have the opportunity to respond through either a fashion or a furnishing approach and have advanced knowledge of the context of the question.

The Coursework is internally assessed and externally moderated. It consists of a design folder and a 3-dimensional product. The exam board set the project briefs but the candidates are encouraged to write their own project outlines and are given the option of following a fashion and accessories route or a furnishing route. They will learn about and apply a range of manufacturing processes, techniques and technologies appropriate to the Design and Make task they have chosen.

For further information please contact Mr D Wright, Head of the Technology Department