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Design & Technology

Welcome to the Design & Technology Faculty curriculum, which includes the subjects  Food preparation and Nutrition, Design and  Technology : All Materials; Graphics and Textiles and at KS5, Product Design.

Curriulum Intent:

Design and Technology at The de Ferrers Academy aims to inspire and motivate students through a demanding, stimulating and innovative curriculum. The knowledge and skills gained through the experiences within a wide variety of materials including Food embeds the concept that design is all around us and that design is for all. Within the Faculty, through careful mapping, students build core, transferable knowledge and skills which will ultimately prepare them for employment in the 21st Century.

The curriculum we offer at The de Ferrers Academy reflects the requirements of the National curriculum: Design and Technology is ‘an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject’. Students use their imagination and creativity to design and make products that ‘solve real and relevant problems’ through a variety of contexts. Students consider the needs of others taking into account values, culture and the well-being of the nation. Students study a broad range of subject knowledge and through this will learn to apply knowledge from other areas such as ‘mathematics, science, engineering and computing’.

Design and Technology here at the Academy encourages students to take risks, become resourceful, innovative and enterprising members of society. The curriculum, designed by the Design & Technology Faculty, ensures that all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) follow a curriculum that gives students the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Within the Faculty, students develop a wealth of transferable skills through an iterative approach to learning. 

Aims and Objectives of Design and Technology:

  1. To include the use of a broad range of knowledge and skills  
  2. To encourage understanding
  3. To prompt engagement in a wide variety of activities
  4. To encourage students to design and make products that solve real and appropriate problems within a variety of contexts
  5. To evaluate past and present Design and Technology
  6. To develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world

The progressive curriculum builds on the experiences of students at Key Stage 1 and 2.

Students acquire an initial foundation of knowledge in Year 7, covering past designers, the role and responsibilities of a designer, the importance of team work and visual communication skills. Students embed these skills by working in multi material areas. Year 8 and year 9 embed and extend knowledge and skills through a wide variety of contexts ensuring students have experiences that will enable them to retrieve and extend prior knowledge.

Curriculum Implementation: 

The sequence of teaching and assessment is planned to ensure that there is progression. Details of the Curriculum Plan can be found in the Faculty Curriculum folder. 

At Key Stage 3, students have key assessed pieces to ensure continuity in teaching and learning across all groups. This is detailed for each module and can be found in the Faculty Curriculum folder. Retrieval exercises are built in to the delivery of modules to ensure students re-visit key knowledge and skills at regular intervals thus securing retention of knowledge.

Key Stage 4 and 5 subjects continue to extend knowledge and learning with the ultimate goal of equipping students with a plethora of transferable skills that will equip them for their future role in society.


Students will develop detailed knowledge throughout each Key Stage frequently embracing retrieval activities which ensure students are successful and ready for the next stage of their education, employment or training.

Please Click on Attachments to find Topics of Study for each Key Stage.