The Highcrest Academy

Design Technology


Our knowledge-rich curriculum will inspire students to understand that Design and Technology is intrinsic in our lives and must not be something we take for granted. Our teaching and learning will inspire them to draw on skills and knowledge acquired in Maths, Science and Art, helping them become innovative and enhance the world around them by creating solutions to real problems. We will ensure that they recognise that the products we use every day have been meticulously designed to intuitively make even the most mundane tasks seem easy and comfortable, and that this doesn’t happen by accident. 

Year 7

Within Design Technology, students will visit different focus areas of the subject across the year.

In each area pupils will undertake assignments in which they research, design, make and evaluate products using the relevant tools, equipment and materials.

  • Resistant Materials – CD or games rack 

  • Food Technology – Licence to Cook Part 1

  • Textiles – Door stops

  • Graphic Products – 3D design

  • Control Systems – electronic sensors and Microbit

Year 8

Within Design Technology students will visit different focus areas of the subject across the year.

In each area students will undertake assignments in which they research, design, make and evaluate products using the relevant equipment, tools and materials.

  • Textiles – Bags
  • Food Technology – License to Cook Part 2
  • Graphic Products – Two point perspective
  • Control systems – Plastic construction and circuit design
  • Resistant Materials – Matchstick Sports Trophy

Students develop skills of enquiry, communication, participation and responsible action, through their design and make assignments. They gather information, make choices and reflect on how technology affects society working co-operatively with a range of people. Students are given the opportunity to think and intervene creatively to improve the quality of life.


All students at Highcrest study Design Technology at KS3.

They visit different focus areas every 9-10 weeks in Food, Graphics, control systems, Resistant Materials and Textiles. CAD/CAM is built in to all areas but Food. Students work through the National Curriculum levels from Level 4-8.

It is assessed in 6 different areas:

  • Exploring ideas and the task
  • Developing and modelling ideas
  • Generating ideas
  • Planning
  • Making high quality products
  • Evaluation

Students in KS3 have key words to learn in each rotation. The Department follows the school Literacy plan and also has a plan to address literacy within the Department.


Design and Technology

Students can choose between Resistant Materials and Textiles Technology all from the AQA Design Technology suite of exams.

Each course covers the full range of 1 to 9 grades.

The Year 9 and 10 course covers a range of practical outcomes and the study of the theory behind these outcomes.  A mock exam tests knowledge before embarking on a design folder with accompanying practical work chosen from themes set by AQA.

At KS4 and 5 the students write keywords and their meaning and try to include them in their controlled assessments. Words are used to link sentences together and develop their literacy skills.

Food and Nutrition

Our GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety.

The course has been created by teachers and subject experts and has been designed to inspire and motivate student, opening their eyes to a world of career opportunities and giving them the confidence to cook with ingredients from across the globe.

Useful Links:

NASA Robotics Education Project

The Robotics Clearing House can be regarded as the educational arm of NASA. They select on-line educational materials and carefully review them. Work that is approved by the independent reviewers committee can be viewed by the public on the NASA RCC website which promotes robotics and other technologies. Links to can be viewed on this site.

The World Association of Technology Teachers

A detailed site for Technology teachers. Sample schemes of work, lesson plans, OFSTED advice, departmental documentation, international partnership, free membership, members articles, free advice from Advisor Members, links to suppliers and much more.

The Times 100

An excellent site for technology, economics or business studies pupils and teachers. Packed full of exceptional resources.

Excellent Technology Site - a collaboration of creative minds putting their passions to work.

A search engine for electronic component datasheets.

Science, Technology and Engineering Site

This site has been developed by teachers in Melbourne, Australia as a resource for Systems and Materials students.

Design and Technology

on the Web

A host of ideas and information tips for pupils at Key Stage 3 and 4

Design Technology Resource Page

An excellent collection of resources for Design and Technology teachers and pupils

Excellent Sites promoting sustainable technology


A site dedicated to making paper / card models. Appears to be an interesting resource.

A site listing suppliers of components for making robots and similar mechanisms. Lists of practical robot building books, magazines and CD ROMs. Resources for teachers, pupils, students and designers.

Has a range of information covering resistant materials to graphic products

Very detailed electronics website.

Historical Posters - covering areas such as film and adverts. Excellent resource for those studying poster design.


Electronic Resources for Technology Teachers - helping teachers and lecturers in aspects of practical electronics. Resources for KS2 to 'A' Level.


An extremely helpful site for professional technologists. Including engineers, architects, software engineers etc..

Design and Technology Online

Has information and animations regarding a range of technology including electronics, packaging, food and pneumatics.


Contains a range of information on electronics, food, graphics, resistant materials, systems and control and textile technology.

Deyes High School Technology Department.

An interesting and detailed website relating to many aspects of technology including detailed Upper and Lower School work.

A technology site for pupils with over 600 internal and external links to other useful sites.

How Stuff

An interesting and informative site covering a range of devices and how they work.

ohmfree Electronics website

Component bases electronics site. Anyone can submit articles.

Learn a variety of graphics skills through animated worksheets.

Technology at GCSE

A technology site covering many useful and interesting aspects of design and technology.

Design and Technology Virtual School

A number of people and organisations contribute to this efficient technology site.

The Standards Site

Technology schemes of work from the Department for Education.

The Amethyst Consultancy Ltd

Provide detailed schemes for KS3 and KS4 Design and Technology

Bad Human Factors Designs

A site that gives examples relating to poor designs.

Takes pupils through concise requirements for a Resistant Materials GCSE project.

Takes pupils through concise requirements for a Graphic Products GCSE project.

Takes pupils through concise requirements for a Electronics Products GCSE  project.


Primary School Design and Technology Site. The main site offers other subjects with a variety of work.

Site that promotes GCSE Engineering.

Ergonomics for Schools