Design Technology

Subject Overview

Design & Technology endeavours to give our students the opportunity to be creative and imaginative in the designing and production of different products considering the needs of all.

Students will experience the use of CAD/CAM and traditional skills and learn how these skills influence the designing and manufacturing of products in our ever changing world.

Students will learn how the use of different materials affects our world and how sustainability is so important to our natural resources.

Teaching and Learning

Year 7

Students are taught in mixed ability groups and have 2 periods over the 2 week timetable.

Terms 1 and 2

Introduction to DT

• Health and Safety information and hands on experience/testing

• 1st Project to cover basic skills and reinforce HS.

• Desk Tidy

• Design and make task

• Introduction to pine, plywood and acrylic

• Use of Belt Sander, Pillar Drill and Hegner saw

• Hand tools, marking to length and general accuracy skills introduced

• Focus in the design folder is the introduction of drawing, annotation and presentation skills

Terms 3 and 4

• Finishing practical aspects from Desk Tidy, and evaluating the project

Design and make an Electronic Board Game

• Skills focus will be basic electronics, building circuits using copper tracking, membrane switches, using CAD to produce the board game and construction skills to make the frame

• Researching products on the market and 3D drawing

• Start to look at control

• Structures

• What and how structures work

• Paper tower challenge

• Bridge construction using straws

Year 8

Terms 1 and 2


• This is an automatic night light that turns on and off by a light sensor

• Batch production & designing for a target market

• Mould making, shaping plastics using the vacuum former, producing a circuit board using electronic components, control systems, finishing work using vinyl, joining different materials, card modelling and development.

Terms 3, 4 and 5

• Finishing evaluation and practical aspects from Nightlight.

• Clock and storage unit

• Research and focus on a particular target market, group

• Skills are CAD/CAM using 2D design to draw and produce an acrylic clock on the laser cutter

• Produce and decorate a plywood storage unit for the clock to go on.

Term 6

• Subject test

• Body adornments from around the world

•Pewter Casting

• Skills covered- Card modelling, detailed annotations, CAD/CAM to enable the moulds to be cut on the CAM 2 machine, heating and casting pewter into the MDF moulds, shaping filing and polishing the products

• Pupils will design and produce the packaging for their product which incorporates the whole business promotion

• Pupils will also Vac form their castings.


Work is marked in accordance with school policy and parents are informed at the four data points throughout the year.

In June students take a DT test covering the specific skills and experiences over the year. The result of the test will be sent home with the Data Point 4 level.

Teaching Staff

Mrs Fulvia Bottani, Design Technology Teacher:
Mr Nick Gates, Head of Design Technology Faculty:


Need Help?

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01273 581100