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Design Technology

Department Staff

Subject Leader – L Veal

Teaching Assistant – J Goddard

Key Stage 3:


At Southbrook, all pupils receive a double lesson of Design and Technology each week. In addition to this they have opportunities in many subject areas to design and produce a range of artefacts to support and enhance their learning.

Our aim in Design and Technology is to provide all pupils with the opportunity to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Through evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

What will I Learn?

  • How to communicate and share ideas
  • How to use a range of hand and power tools in a safe and effective way
  • To make a variety of artefacts using different materials
  • To evaluate products produced by yourself and others
  • To develop a range of practical and technical knowledge to use in school and in your adult life.

 Key Stage 4:


In Key Stage 4 pupils receive three lessons of Design and Technology each week. Pupils are given the opportunity to further develop their design and practical skills by undertaking a variety of projects. These will include working as individuals, in pairs or small groups and also whole class projects as part of a wider team. The course involves researching, designing and developing, making and evaluating their own projects.

Assessment details

Continual verbal assessment and feedback is given in lessons regarding pupils’ development of design and practical skills. In addition to this, more formal assessments and feedback are given at the conclusion of each project. Each pupil is also involved in an evaluation and review of their completed project to help consolidate learning and plan for next steps in the development of their skills. Pupils’ progress is recorded using the DT progression pathways on infomentor. Key Stage 4 pupils also complete a range of AQA Unit Award projects.

Curriculum Content

Design and Technology

“Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.’

Text taken from: statutory guidance National curriculum in England: design and technology programmes of study.

At Southbrook, whilst considering the individual needs of each pupil, we endeavour to provide experiences that follow the recommendations of the national curriculum.

Home learning

In Key Stage 3, pupils are encouraged to do additional research for their projects using the school library and computers, and by speaking to adults and friends about their work. This can help them to consider a variety of factors when designing different products, as well as support their understanding of the topic. At Key Stage 4, pupils may be asked to provide some research or information from home to support the design and development of their project.

Enrichment activities

At Southbrook wherever possible, we try to link the development of pupils’ design and practical skills to their everyday experiences. We often use design briefs that identify a personal need or one that relates to an area of the school. Recent examples include; personalised bookmarks, animal habitats and seating for the allotment and pond area.