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Curriculum: Design Technology Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students will study the following aspects of Design Technology:

  • Graphic Design
  • 3D Design and Resistant Materials
  • Textiles

During each project there is a strong emphasis on traditional making, engineering and craft techniques which ensures students have a broad skills base to take into Key Stage 4. In all material areas students are encouraged to develop their creativity and put their own touches to their class work.

The department is supported with leading edge technology, which allows students to build Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) into their work. This gives them a sense of what it really is like to design and manufacture their own product and be able to evaluate each step of the process.

In Graphics, Engineering and Resistant Materials lessons students will complete the following tasks. 

Year 7

•         Pewter jewellery

•         Trinket box

•         Graphic design – drawing skills

•         Doorhanger

Year 8

•          Birdfeeder

•          Clocks part 1

•          Endangered species graphic design

•          Clocks part 2 

Year 9

•          Systems and control - nightlight

•          Timber – games box

•          Polmers – phone holder

•          Sustainable design

•          Batch production


Additional information on the Key Stage 3 Design Technology curriculum is available here:

If you have further questions on Key Stage 3/4 Graphics, Engineering or Product Design please contact

Ms L Watts - Head of DT

If you have further questions on Key Stage 3/4 Textiles please contact

Mrs L Downing -Teacher of DT Textiles


Richard Lander School