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Design Technology

“I am massively proud to lead a truly dedicated team of teachers and support staff in providing a superb experience of Design Technology here at Banovallum School. In a short space of time we have seen outstanding outcomes and improvements in student results, the number of students opting for Technology at GCSE and a tremendous investment to the facilities. Modern CAD/CAM equipment in RMT (3D Modelling software, laser cutter, 3D CAM Router) has allowed our students to experience and train for the modern methods of manufacture in industry today and has resulted in improved quality throughout the year groups when applying the new technologies. Advances in the resources available in Food Technology and Textiles have allowed the delivery of new skills and techniques which again benefit our students and broaden their opportunities. With an ever changing landscape amongst the world around us, it is vitally important that we as a subject maintain these advancements to provide first class education for our learners.”

Mr T. Bollan, Head of Technology & Creative Arts

Key Stage 3 

The D&T curriculum at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) covers a wide range of practical, theory and study skills which can be applied across all subject areas.  Students are challenged to solve problems and improve the design and functionality of a range of products in Resistant Materials, reflect and refine through fashion trends and create stylish textile products and create nutritional, tasty dishes in Food Technology demonstrating skill and application of a range of practical skills.

Year 7

RMT Projects include the development of machine and workshop use, routines and safe working practices. These manifest in a wooden product project in the form of desk organiser, an aluminium and wood tealight product followed finally by a plastics, wood and metal wind chime product. Alongside these is the development in the use of 3D CAD software using Google Sketchup to model ideas.

Textiles projects include the safe working practices and developing skills using textiles techniques. Projects include learning to use the sewing machine, and introduction to KS3 Textiles and a themed textile product.

Food technology covers the basics of food hygiene, working with food products from around the world and studying nutrition within topics such as snack foods, packaged meals and bread products.

D&T as a subject is one of the most versatile and applicable for study skills and for developing the all round learner. Tasks are aimed at developing independence, student led learning, collaborative work and resilience to succeed.

Year 8

RMT projects include the development of more complex design ideas using 3D CAD modelling on the computer and enhanced techniques in the workshop. The topics are Trinket box and 3D Maze concepts.

Textiles covers the development of more complex textiles products such as bag and carrier manufacture and the design and making processes of a Kite product.

Food Technology covers more of the basic skills in cooking with the focus topics being sweet products and varieties in sauces.


Key Stage 4 


Design & Technology overview (Resistant Materials and Textiles)

As a new course, this GCSE offers the choice to combine the theory side of Design & Technology whilst allowing students to focus on their chosen material specialism.

Some of the core content will be taught as a whole group then the class may split for the specific practical and design challenges involved with the chosen discipline of either Resistant Materials or Textiles.

Students develop their understanding of graphical impact, the theory of designing and apply this knowledge to the creation of 3D computerised modelling to demonstrate their design ideas. These ideas are then taken to the workshop for manual manufacture using a range of tools and processes or manufactured by the student using the laser cutter or 3D CAM router as per modern industry standards.

With excellent facilities, the students are encouraged to learn key skills such as independence, collaboration and develop their practical skills in a range of given topics. They can expect to use wood, plastics and metals to create their products and will use machinery such as the pillar drill, sanders, fret saws, forge and welder to create their practical pieces or take advantage of the modern CAD/CAM facilities as an alternative method.

Year 9 students gain vital skills required for both theory and practical demands of the course. Experimenting with their chosen discipline materials, they have a range of design and make challenges and discover the theoretical content of those materials and design theory. There is a greater focus on self management and developing the necessary skills to succeed completing the NEA.

Year 10 is very much about upskilling and providing opportunities to master topics and machine use to result in high quality outcomes. We cover the content of the specification which is required for the exam as well as ongoing development of NEA style projects.

In Year 11, students can specialise and focus on their chosen materials and processes to design and manufacture a major project and take a theory exam on the technical aspects of the subject resulting in a full GCSE being awarded.

Mr Bollan, Mrs Hicks and Mrs Kirkwood are our specialist D&T teachers of Resistant Materials and Textiles.

Useful Link: GCSE AQA D&T (Resistant Materials and Textiles)

Textiles Technology

From the very start of year 7, the focus for students in textiles is developing independence, confidence and a broad range of skills using textiles machinery and processes to create their own products. By learning the design process and the methods of manufacture, a learner should be able to self manage projects and decide with a sound knowledge base, what he or she would like to design and create as independently as possible. Students continue to build resilience, solve problems and develop greater independence throughout year 8 to give them a solid foundation should they chose to take GCSE D&T with the Textiles specialism in year 9.

Year 9 D&T (With textiles specialism) consists of a series of skills based learning projects and theory content. There is a greater focus on self management and developing the necessary skills to succeed completing the NEA.

Year 10 covers a wide range of textiles techniques where exploration and creativity are promoted. Projects are often open ended to ensure students can develop management of their own projects and textiles products.

In Year 11, students are challenged to work using a range of textiles media and present ideas to a professional standard. The course culminates in a final major project and folder showing their development throughout.

Mrs Kirkwood and Mrs Hicks are our specialist Textiles teachers.

Useful link: GCSE AQA D&T (Resistant Materials and Textiles)

Design & Technology-  Food Preparation and Nutrition:

Through a range of specification challenges, students learn new skills and develop existing knowledge of food nutrition to plan, prepare and present their own tasty dishes.

The KS3 scheme of work explores a wide range of cultural culinary delights and allows the students to explore many skills to create their own meals. They learn to demonstrate knowledge of cookery skills, nutritional value and healthy eating ideals within their practical pieces before moving on to the GCSE course.

The KS4 courses available are the GCSE ‘OCR’ exam board in Food Preparation & Nutrition and the BTEC Edexcel Home Cooking skills courses both level 1 and 2. Both courses require the students to apply previous knowledge to their planned meals and prepare food products to meet the needs of various users, demonstrating a range of culinary skills.

Year 10 GCSE students cover the modular content of the GCSE course through research, planning and preparation of food products given the exam board criteria.

Year 11 culminates with a final major project unit to prepare a full meal based on research, nutrition and lifestyle. They must then apply evaluation and reflect on the product suggesting improvements. Upon completion of the modules for the GCSE, students then prepare for the one and a half hour exam worth 50% of the final GCSE which covers a wide range of topics (exam board link below)

Mrs Ashford and Mrs Hicks are our specialist Food teachers.

Useful Link: GCSE OCR Food & Nutrition

D&T:                    GCSE AQA D&T (Resistant Materials and Textiles) (Click for past papers and resources)

50% Coursework (Design folder and practical major product) 50% exam (Theory based on a range of topics)

Food Technology:            OCR Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE (Click for past papers and resources)

50% Coursework (Modular assessments including a scientific investigation and a food preparation task)
50% exam (Theory based on a range of topics)

                                                EdExcel BTEC Home Cooking Skills Levels 1 and 2

A wide range of investigative exercises aimed at developing skills in all areas of cooking and the preparation of food.

Useful Websites 

All resources for exam courses can be found through the student kink to the Remote Access are through the school website.  Students can then use the VLE Resources area as per in school where all resources can be found.

D&T GCSE AQA D&T (Resistant Materials and Textiles)

Food Technology:  OCR Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE

BTEC Home Cooking Skills:  EdExcel BTEC Home Cooking Skills Levels 1 and 2