St. Mary's

Design & Technology Subject Overview

Includes Food Preparation & Nutrition, Graphic Communication, Creative Design & Production, and Textile Design

Statement of Intent

St Mary’s Design Technology curriculum is holistic, covers the National Curriculum and is designed to embody our Catholic ethos it offers challenges within a caring and supportive community environment in which all students have the opportunity to thrive and achieve.
Design & Technology

In Design Technology we teach students how to take risks, to become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and to develop skills such as creative problem solving, working with others and communication skills. This prepares students for the world of work, develops the whole person, allows students to challenge themselves and work both collaboratively and as a community. Our Design Technology curriculum allows students to understand the core principles of good design, allows them to take creative risks and builds awareness of global issues including FairTrade, sustainability, cultures and contemporary design.

The curriculum consists of a range of creative, imaginative and innovative experiences of theory, design and practical based activities. Using a range of materials from four main areas Product Design, Graphics, Textiles and Food in conjunction with drawing on additional knowledge from other STEM subjects and links to other curriculum areas such as Geography and Art allows our students to develop their practical skills and work with a wide range of specific materials and tools such as wood, plastic, card and fabric.

  • Prepare students with the skills and knowledge for the world outside the classroom.
  • A progressive curriculum, so that students can build on the skills and knowledge they learn and master them.
  • Develop creative, innovative and independent thinkers and learners.
  • Enable students to feel safe and confident in their learning environment to take risks and learn from mistakes.
  • Foster intellectual inquisitiveness about how and why things work the way they do.
  • Have a greater understanding of how the real world of design and technology works around them, looking back at the past, seeing the present and looking forward to the future.
  • Allow students to appreciate the work of world class designers in a wide range of fields and allow them to consider the needs of individuals and society.
  • Enjoy learning in a practical manner having experienced the best possible engaging and challenging lessons which foster and promote interests for later life.
  • Encourage and inspire students who wish to take on further study from selecting this as an option at GCSE, A level, University and the world of work.
  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills to go into adult life both at work and leisure with a sound understanding of practical applications to enhance their lifestyles and the joy of learning.

Currently all students study Design Technology in Years 7 & 8 and then they have the option to study the subject in Year 9. Students can then opt to study Art & Design: Textiles; NCFE: Graphic Design, NCFE: Creative Design & Production or EDUQAS: Food Preparation and Nutrition at GCSE level. Students can then progress onto A level Art & Design: Graphic Communication.

Key Stage 3: Textiles, Food, Product Design and Graphic Design
Key Stage 4: Textile Design, Food Preparation & Nutrition, Creative Design & Production and Graphic Design
Key Stage 5: Graphic Communication

KS3 Curriculum Map

Classes are taught by specialist material teachers in specialist facilities on a rotation throughout the year. Throughout KS3 students cover the programmes of study in the Design Technology National Curriculum.
Year 7 Overview
Year 7 is an introduction to Design Technology, the skills and equipment. Students are taught basic skills and processes which allow them to progress onto more challenging skills throughout KS3.
Year 7 Topics
Year 8 Overview
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, students are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.
Year 8 Topics
Year 9 Overview

Students build on the skills and technical knowledge learnt in Years 7 & 8 preparing and enthusing them for GCSE.

Year 9 Topics

KS4 Curriculum Map

Food Preparation & Nutrition Overview

Students study the EDUQAS GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course.
50% – Written exam
50% – Non Exam Assessments (NEA) – NEA 1 & NEA 2

Year 10 Food Preparation & Nutrition Topics
Year 11 Food Preparation & Nutrition Topics

KS4 - Creative Design & Production

Students study the NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Creative Design & Production course.

Creative Design and Production is designed for learners who want an introduction to design and production that includes a vocational and project-based element, approached from a creative perspective with regular opportunities to experiment and create. The qualification will appeal to learners who wish to pursue a career in the design and production sector or progress to further study.

60% – Non Exam Assessment
40% – Written examination

Year 10 Creative Design & Production

Component 1 coursework (the theme of this can change each year)

Year 11 Creative Design & Production

KS4 - ARt & Design: Textiles

Students study the AQA Art & Design: Textile Design course.

Textile design is defined as the creation of designs and products for woven, knitted, stitched, printed or decorative textiles that might have a functional or non-functional purpose. In Component 1 and Component 2 students are required to work in one or more areas of textile design. Students must develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills specified in the subject content to realise personal intentions relevant to textile design and their selected area(s) of study.
60% – Component 1 – Project 1: Landscapes, Project 2: Student theme
40% – Component 2 – Externally set exam brief

Year 10 Art & Design: Textiles
Year 11 Art & Design: Textiles

KS4 - Graphic Design

Students study the NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Graphic Design

Graphic Design from getting to grips with industry standard digital design software to creating patterns, packaging design and typography. Students will learn about design briefs, how to unpick design briefs, write their own design briefs and learn how to respond to these in a number of creative and innovative ways. From planning and development through to designing and presenting –this Level 1/2 Technical Award will help creative pupils understand the work and the processes of a graphic designer, whilst helping them to take their first steps into a career or further study in this sector.
60% – Non Exam Assessment
40% – Written examination

Year 10 Graphic DEsign
Year 11 Graphic DEsign

A Level Curriculum Map

AQA Art & Design: Graphic Communication
Students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of graphic communication media, processes and techniques. Students will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design. Students’ responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. Students will be made aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented.
Year 12 Topics

Skills based component 
Component 1 portfolio (the theme of this changes each year)

Year 13 Topics

Component 1 portfolio (the theme of this changes each year)
Component 2 externally set (15 hour exam)