To provide all students with the understanding, thinking and practical skills to design and make products using a wide range of materials that will solve problems and improve the lives of all of us.

Mr Amandeep Chana (Subject Leader)
Mr Gerald Dare (Deputy Subject Leader)
Miss Alice Hancock (KS3 Co-ordinator)
Mr Daniel Jenkinson (KS4 Co-ordinator)
Ms Amanda Fitzroy
Mrs Jean Bitmead (Food and Textiles technician)
Mr Wayland Mallen (Resistant Materials and Graphics technician)

KS3 Throughout KS3, students follow a rotational structure. In our rotations, all of Year 7 will follow a common unit of work for half of one term to introduce them to the subject. This is then followed by term long units in each of the different subject areas. Over their time in KS3, students will complete two units of work in each subject within D&T.

Unit 1 Resistant Materials: Students design and manufacture a ‘Mood Light’ using a colour changing LED, Live Edge Acrylic and softwood. Students learn the basic principles of electronics and develop the design skills whilst considering the needs of a real life potential user of the product.

Graphic Products: Students design and make a clock using a range of card modelling techniques. Students learn the importance of colour, shape and manufacturing techniques whilst considering the work of other designers.

Food Technology: Students learn the importance of eating a balanced diet and how to cook nutritious meals at home. Students learn how ingredients work together and how to get the best from them. Students learn how different cooking techniques can be used to create products that are interesting, healthy and tasty. Students consider how to design food products for a range of different purposes.

Textiles Technology: Students learn the way in which fabric can be used to create products. Students use a range of hand sewing and applique techniques and about the properties of different types of fabric and how to select different types of fabrics for different applications.

Unit 2 Resistant Materials: Students design and manufacture a ‘Cam Toy’ using a range of materials. Students use our Laser Cutter and Computer Aided Design techniques to manufacture elements of the toy. Students learn the importance of Computer Aided Manufacturing technologies in product design today and how mechanisms can be used in products.

Graphic Products: Students learn how to use a vacuum forming to create packaging for a Superhero project. In this project students learn how social ideals can be promoted through the use of graphic products. Students learn a range of graphic communication techniques and typography.

Food Technology: Through investigating different countries and the typical dishes from them, pupils learn about the differences in cuisine and what has influenced these. Areas such as nutrition, sustainability and the function of ingredients are further developed and explored through practical and theory work. By the end of this unit pupils will be able to independently cook a variety of savoury and sweet dishes, be able to develop these successfully using different ingredients, know where ingredients come from, understand the importance of using sustainable ingredients and also know which foods/ingredients contribute to a healthy lifestyle and which don’t.

Textiles Technology: Students use machine stitching techniques as well as a deeper understanding of hand stitching techniques to create a product for a potential client in the form of a hand puppet. Students are challenged to use different types of fabric and use research and inspiration from nature.

KS4Resistant Materials: In Year 10 students follow a programme of upskilling their practical knowledge of tools and materials, followed by carefully selected projects that develop their understanding of the design process. This prepares them for study in Year 11 where they will bring all of their skills together to create one substantial piece of practical work and written coursework that will be formally assessed and forms 60% of their final grade. In Year 11 students will also sit an external exam that will account for 40% of their final grade. Engineering: In Year 10 students learn how to use a wide range of tools and techniques to manufacture a range of products. In Year 11, students will disassemble an existing engineering product and consider how its performance could be improved by using a different range of manufacturing processes, materials and components. Students are assessed by completing written units for each product they manufacture as well as two external exams.

Graphics: In Year 10 students follow a range of short projects each of which uses a different range of practical and design skills. Students develop an appreciation for sustainable design and how this is becoming increasingly important in society today. Students experiment with a range of paper communication techniques which they then use in their written coursework in Year 11. Students are encouraged to create complex Graphic Products in Year 11 which use all of the skills learnt throughout Year 10. The final grade is made up of 60% coursework and 40% exam.

Food Technology: In Year 10 and 11 students have two double lessons a week. In one of these double lessons students will complete practical tasks and ingredients for these lessons will need to be brought in from home. A week’s notice for ingredients required is given. In the second double lesson the theory content of the course will be covered which also includes experimental work and product analysis.

Through practical and written work students will be covering the following topics:

Year 10

  • Nutrition
  • Primary and secondary foods
  • Functional properties and working characteristics of food
  • Preservation and processing
  • Food preparation techniques- home and industry
  • Additives
  • Product Manufacture
  • Product analysis
  • Product and recipe development
  • Technological development
  • Packaging and labelling

Year 11

In Year 11 students focus on completing the coursework component of the course which contributes 60% of their marks. This consists of two areas: Product Design where students investigate celebration desserts and Product Manufacture where multicultural savoury foods are researched, created and evaluated. Both areas involve both practical and written work. The coursework is presented as an A3 portfolio.

Textiles Technology: In Year 10 students complete a variety of projects to develop their Textiles knowledge and skills. Students begin by focusing on professional and accurate machine sewing techniques in a craft tidy project and then continue to develop more advanced fabric decoration skills in a wall hanging project. The final project of Year 11 is divided into two parts which allows students to develop professional garment construction techniques in making a classic sleeveless top project and then applying this knowledge and understanding in a sustainable fashion design project.

D&T Exam boards and exam papers: Resistant Materials: Edexcel, 5RM02 Engineering: Edexcel, BTEC, Engineering Design and Product Development Graphic Products: Edexcel, 5GP02 Food Technology: Edexcel, 5FT02 Textiles Technology: Edexcel, 5TT02



Product Design: Resistant Materials & Product Design: Graphic Products: In Year 12 Students gain an appreciation for influential design movements in modern history and their influence on product design today. Students learn advanced drawing and Computer Aided Design techniques and how these can be used to better communicate their design ideas. Students gain an understanding of complex design processes such as die casting and rotational moulding. Coursework is split in two parts; Product Investigation and a Design and Make activity. In the Product Investigation students investigate a simple product such as a cork screw and investigate the manufacturing processes used to make it and research alternative materials and processes that could have been used. In the Design and Make activity students have to create something that solves a problem and shows their ability to expertly use a range of materials and processes. The final grade is made up of 60% coursework and 40% exam. In Year 13 students build on their knowledge in Year 12 by working on one large project which involves them finding a real client and creating a product that solves a real problem for them.

Food Technology:Food technology is offered as an A-level subject. The exam board used is Edexcel. 60% of the course is coursework with separate portfolios at both AS and A2. 40% of the course is theory work culminating in a written exam of 1.5 hours both at AS and A2.

Textiles Technology: Students investigate the work of a range of designers and how their work has influenced fashion design today. Students will deepen their understanding of manufacturing techniques, materials and processes throughout the course. In Year 12 and 13 students will design and make a textiles product which shows the precision with which they are able to sue a wide range of materials and processes to create a fashion based solution to a problem. In Year 13 students are expected to solve a problem for a real client.

D&T Exam boards and exam papers:

Product Design: Resistant Materials: Edexcel, 6RM02, 6RM03 Product Design: Graphic Products: Edexcel, 6GR02, 6GR03 Food Technology: Edexcel, 6FT02, 6FT03 Textiles Technology: AQA, TEXT2, TEXT4


Enrichment: There is a Technology Club that runs every Monday after school for all students in Year 7, 8 and 9 from 3.45pm until 4.45pm. All students are welcome. Students will complete a range of design and make tasks.

The department also organises a range of trips throughout the year. BTEC Engineering students go to Jaguar in Birmingham, Year 10 students go to The Eden Project in Cornwall, Year 10 and 11 Food Technology Students go to the Good Food Show in Birmingham and Year 10 and 11 Textiles students go to The Clothes Show in Birmingham. Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students also visit the New Designers Exhibition in the summer term.

How to support your child: * Watch a cookery programmes with them on television to gain a greater insight into the different techniques used in cooking as well as different ingredients. * Go to the supermarket so that your child gains a better understanding about the origins, range and prices of different ingredients * Accompany your child to the V&A and Design Museum to get a better appreciation for modern products, fashion and the way in which textiles are used in our everyday lives. * Encourage your child to think of a range of solutions to design problems (not just one). * Encourage your child to draw at home so that they are able to improve their drawing skills and the way they are able to communicate their design ideas to others

For further information, contact: Mr Amandeep Chana, Subject Leader

E-mail: ASChana@Lampton.org.uk Tel: 020 8538 4769