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Design and Technology Curriculum Intent


At Winterhill we strongly believe in the importance of Design and Technology as a subject. It helps us to understand and give meaning to the world in which we live and, as such, we strive to make our students think about the world we are living in. Through our curriculum we aim to provide students with an all-round experience that is exciting and ensures that our students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking.  At the centre of our subject is creativity and imagination. Design & Technology draws, develops and implements a range of different disciplines including mathematics, science, engineering, computing, geography, business studies and art. The subject also embeds high quality literacy skills through analysis and evaluation techniques.

We support students in learning to co-operate and negotiate and be able to share good practice and learn from others through instilling the ‘Winterhill way’. We develop students’ awareness of the impact of design and design technology on society and the environment and expect them to achieve, by applying a variety of skills from the wider curriculum, together with those specific to Design and Technology to produce effective and considered prototype products. We enable students to enjoy their learning in Design and Technology and gain transferable skills that will help them in other curriculum areas and in an increasingly technological world.In KS3 students will develop their skills and understanding with progressive complexity and sophistication, so that they are able to make informed choices and work with increasing independence into Key Stage 4.

We aim to create resilient, respectful and responsible confident learners and teach in such a way through KS3 & KS4 that we develop as much independence as possible, so that they are able to take control of their own learning and their own projects at KS4. This gives them the best possible preparation for going on to employment with training, high quality technical apprenticeships or into Further Education. 


  • An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.

  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.

  • The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.

  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.

  • A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.

  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge and skills accurately.

  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.

  • A passion for the subject.

  • Successful, independent learners who enjoy learning.

  • Confident self-managers and team-workers, who are willing to take risks and keep an open-mind about new ideas and techniques.

  • Resilient individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

  • Students who understand how to make progress and achieve to their potential.

  • Responsible young adults and the role they play in society and the importance of Design and Technology in contributing to society.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview


KS4 Curriculum Overview




























Year 7

  • Y7-Tangram Project 

    • Design brief and specification

    • Design presentation techniques

    • Health and Safety in the workshop

    • Tools,equipment and processes 

    • Timber production 

    • Timber material properties

    • Finishing techniques


  • Y7-Eco bag project 

    • Design brief and specification 

    • 6R’s of sustainability

    • Design presentation techniques

    • Tools,equipment and processes 

    • Fair Trade

    • Target market/customer profile

    • Marketing/branding

    • Packaging material (paper and boards)

    • Computer aided design skills 

Year 8

  • Y8-Maze Project 

    • Specification

    • Design presentation techniques

    • Tools,equipment and processes

    • Marking and measuring (mathematics) 

    • Material properties

    • Anthropometrics +ergonomics

    • Quality control

    • Origins of timbers

    • Marketing/branding

  • Y8-Mini light project 

    • Polymers/Polymer manufacture

    • Commercial processing techniques for polymers.

    • Manufacturing Processes -line bender, Vacuum former

    • Material physical properties

    • Electronic processes and circuit components

    • Quality assurance

    • Isometric and orthographic drawing skills 

Year 9

  • Y9-Mini speaker project

    • Design brief and specification

    • Timbers - Sources, origins and properties.

    • Timber joining techniques.

    • Tools,equipment and processes 

    • Manufactured boards and their working properties.

    • Electronic systems - input, process, output

    • Polymers -Sources, origins, types, fractional distillation

    • Computer aided design/computer aided manufacture

  • Y9-Pencil case joints project

    • Design brief and specification

    • Design & presentation techniques (isometric drawing)

    • Timber joining techniques. 

    • Tools,equipment and processes 

    • New and emerging technologies (sustainability and the environment)

    • People, culture and society

    • Standard components, Quality control and Tolerances

    • Calculating volumes 

    • New and smart materials

    • Stock forms

    • Packaging materials 

    • CAD/CAM

    • Evaluation

Exam Theory Topics

  • Section 1 New and emerging technologies

  • Section 2 Energy,materials,systems and devices

  • Section 3 Materials and their working properties

  • Section 4 Common specialist technical principles

  • Section 5A Paper and boards

  • Section 5B Timber based materials 

  • Section 5C Metal based materials 

  • Section 5D Polymers

  • Section 5E Textiles 

  • Section 5F Electronic systems

  • Section 6 Designing principles

  • Section 7 Making principles

NEA coursework components 

  • Design brief analysis 

  • Mood board

  • Mood board analysis

  • Product analysis 

  • Customer profile 

  • Material Research 

  • Research summary 

  • Design Brief 

  • Design specification 

  • Initial design ideas 

  • Final design 

  • Initial model prototypes

  • Final prototypes 

  • CAD drawings 

  • Final practical 

  • Manufacturing plan/specification

  • Material/component list 

  • Evaluation against specification 

  • Testing 

  • Customer feedback

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