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Willows High School

Design and Technology

Name: Julian Konten

At KS3, students of Years 7, 8 and 9 do a range of projects in Design Technology. The projects are in the subject areas of Resistant Materials, Food and Textiles. The projects ensure that all pupils can make at least one level of progress and cover all skills relevant to the national curriculum.

Key Stage 3: Years7-9

Students use a range of materials and components for their design and make projects. They are taught to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of materials, processes and principles of design. These are applied to the designing and making of products and systems and the evaluation of the products.

The projects in each subject area at KS3 are given in the table below:

Year 7 Technology Projects



Resistant Material


Health Eating (Lunch Box)

Make your own Monster

Desktop Tidy

Steady Hand Game


Year 8 Technology Projects



Resistant Material


Street Food



Moisture Tester


Year 9 Technology Projects



Resistant Material


Around the World

Make a Cushion

Money Box

Mechanical Toy

Skills Students Develop

In Resistant Materials, students will experience working with a broad range of materials including: - Wood, Metal, Plastics, Card & Electronic Components. They will be given the opportunity to develop their CAD/CAM skills to help produce a functional product.

In Food students learn about Healthy Eating and Nutrients. They will use a range of materials (ingredients) and use various skills and appliances to make products promoting healthy eating. They will learn about special diets too. In Textiles students will learn about natural and synthetic fibres, stitching techniques and the effective use of sewing machines to make products to suit the design brief and the needs of chosen target market.

Students will need to research the problem; use a range of information, form design proposals and a specification. Using the research the students design a range of ideas to meet the specifications

Pupils choose a final product and annotate with appropriate reasons for their choice. They plan, make, modify, test and improve the product. Finally, they look back at the Design Task and evaluate thoroughly against specification points.

Students will complete a number of projects during the course of this Key Stage and continuous assessment of their work will give them feedback on their progress. This helps ensure all pupils maximise their progress and achieve their potential level.

Key Stage 4: GCSE/BTEC/VCERT/Other

Awarding Body


Resistant Materials

WJEC Resistant materials has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. Pupils have the opportunity to develop their design and make skills in year 10 and raise their awareness of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. The use of new technologies is encouraged such as the laser cutter and the new addition to the school a 3D printer.

Awarding body


BTEC Engineering

BTEC Firsts are QCF Level 2 qualifications designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. They provide much of the underpinning knowledge and understanding for the National Occupational Standards for the sector, where these are appropriate. On successful completion of a BTEC First qualification, learners can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same or related vocational area. The course also offers pupils the opportunity to gain UCAS points should they wish to progress onto university.

Pupils have the opportunity to achieve an extended certificate qualification which the equivalent to two GCSE’s.

Awarding body



The hospitality and catering sector includes all businesses that provide food, beverages,

and/or accommodation services. This includes restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars. It also

includes airlines, tourist attractions, hospitals and sports venues;

The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support

learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about this vocational sector and the

potential it can offer them for their careers or further study.

WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering

Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry will be externally assessed.

  • An assignment will be produced each academic year and cannot be opened before
  • May each year
  • It is a six hour timed, supervised assessment

Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in Action is internally assessed

  • Units are assessed through summative controlled assessment
  • Controls for assessment of each internally assessed unit are provided in a model assignment

Awarding body


Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in

Engineering Design and Product Investigation

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering Design and Product Investigation has core and mandatory units.

This qualification has been developed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the engineering industry. It includes two core units and one mandatory unit that form the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the engineering sector.

Learners must complete all core and mandatory units.

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering Design and Product  Investigation Unit Core units Assessment method.

Unit 2: Investigating an Engineered Product.

Unit 9: Interpreting and Using Engineering Information. This is an external assessment which must be taken under exam conditions.

Mandatory unit

Unit 12: Engineering Design.

7-9. Extra-Curricular Activities

Stem Projects

We are currently developing a number of STEM projects for students in years 7 to 9 which include Solar powered vehicles, Urban transport, Battery powered vehicles, Rockets, paper aeroplane challenges and drag cars. We also plan on organising Wind turbine challenges, Food experiments using chemical reactions and external collaboration with the Small piece Trust, Young Engineers etc. We are developing our on-going connections with industry and the organisation of school trips and or visits. These projects will be carried out as extra-curricular clubs and STEM days throughout the year.

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