D&T – Materials

The Design and Technology Department consists of D&T: Food and D&T: Materials.

In an ever- growing world where Design and Technology influence our all of our lifestyles, it is vital that pupils learn about this exciting subject through a wide variety of skills and experiences. All KS3 pupils cover both aspects of D&T through a balanced and broad curriculum of theory and practical skills. Pupils develop a keen interest to invent, create and evaluate new products using different materials- food, smart materials, woods, plastics, metals and fabrics. They are encouraged to work independently; forming their own ideas through modelling, experimenting and testing. We aim to make lessons fun, interesting and challenging.

D&T: Materials

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Introduction to D&T

Theory focus-


Drawing 2D and 3D

CAD Modelling

Design process

Packaging and printing

Plastics and vac forming

Production processes

Woods and mand made boards

Joining materials

Fibres and fabrics

Material focus-

Earphone wrap

Mobile phone holder and packaging

Day of the dead keyring

Theory focus-

Recap woods and man-made boards


Modelling and testing

Iterative design process


Recap plastics/forming plastics

Designers and styles

Crumble programming

Material focus-


Squeaky monsters

Passive speaker

Theory focus-


Iterative design/ backwards engineering

Packaging and paper/card

Material finishes and adhesives

Production processes

Design and Technology of Our World

Mechanical movement

Material focus-

Candle holder

Automata/ Gumball machine

Promotional product and packaging

EXAM BOARD- AQA GCSE D&T new specification 8552

Key stage 4 – Year 10

This course allows pupils to develop designing and making principles, through experiences of a broad range of material processes and the use of hand tools with CAD/CAM equipment.  Pupils are encouraged to work inventively and independently, building on skills from KS3.

·      Multi storage unit

·      Origin of timbers, boards and plastics

·      Pewter casting and origin/ properties of metals

·      Perfume product and packaging

·      Sustainability and the impact on society

·      Production processes and new technology

·      Modern, smart and new materials

·      Speaker doc

·      Iterative design process- design a fit bit

·      Iterative design inspired by designers – sustainable chair

Key stage 4- Year 11

A choice of three projects are set by the AQA exam board, in June each year. Pupils select their own design problem that is centred on a target user and their needs. They develop a solution from drawing through to prototype through a series of modelling and testing. Each step is evaluated, recorded and revisited when needed to reach a final solution. An example title from NEA 2018- Design a product for a disabled person. The outcome maybe a touch light for a person with eyesight difficulties

Pupils will focus on NEA for most of the Year 11. Aspects of theory/ examination practice will run alongside each planned lesson.

Paper 1 –

Based on

50% of final grade

Materials and working properties Industry and enterprise

Sustainability and the environment

People, culture and society

Production techniques and systems

Informing design decisions

Designing principles


Metal based materials

Papers and boards


Choice of one project from three titles.

50% of final grade

Useful links for D&T: Materials :

Revision site

Exam Specification

Seneca Learning

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