Design and Technology

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Subject Team: K Jackson and T Ward

General Subject Statement:

In Design and Technology at Coombe Dean, students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products that solve problems and meet specific needs.  They learn to use current technologies and consider the environmental, social and moral impact of future technological developments.  They also learn to think creatively and logically in order to improve the quality of life, solve problems as individuals and work collaboratively on a different types of tasks.

Students work in a range of stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, students identify needs and opportunities.  They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate and considering aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues.  As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects.

Through design and technology, students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products.  They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate and communicate.

Key Stage 3

One Eight Week Module
Year 7Glow Yeah Project

  • Health and Safety education and awareness.
  • Understand basic elements of an electronic system
  • Developing an understanding of materials and material properties. Correct use of simple technological language, both written and spoken (literacy skills)
  • Design and manufacture of a mini light using 2D computer aided design software and a laser cutter.
Year 8Wildlife SOS Project

  • Further develop knowledge of materials, specifically woods and timber and construction methods.
  • Develop research skills and produce creative designs to solve a problem.
  • Model and communicate ideas using sketching and physical modelling techniques.
  • Use specialist tools and processes to create a product which is fit-for-purpose.
Year 9
Theory lessons to cover core GCSE content.

Focused practical tasks to develop tool and equipment knowledge as well as developing practical skills.

A series of mini projects (eg acrylic jewellery, aluminium dice, felt phone case) to embed theory and practical skills.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4
GCSE Product Design
AutumnSpringSummerExam Board
Year 10Skill build exercises and projects which will develop and enhance graphical, ICT and practical abilityInvestigation, research and analysis of an identified problem, and collection and evaluation of informationModeling and cardboard engineeringWJEC
Year 11Design major projectMake major projectExamination preparation

Useful website links:

Curriculum Intent Organisers:

To set out the intent of our curriculum for each subject and each unit of knowledge, we produce Curriculum Intent Organisers (CIOs). The following links lead to the CIO section of our website where this intent can be explored by year group:

Year 7 –

Year 8 –

Year 9 –

Year 10 –

Year 11 –

Upcoming Events

  • Summer Holidays 23/07/2021 at 12:30 pm – 08/09/2021 at 8:30 am Summer Holidays2021-07-26T00:00:00Z2021-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • First Day of Term (Years 7 & 12) 08/09/2021
  • First Day of Term (Whole School) 09/09/2021

Themes of Interest