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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
In Year 7, students will undertake a jewellery project, a graphics module, a trinket box project and a doorhanger project.
In Year 8, students will undertake an endangered species project which culminates in designing a logo (graphics), a bird feeder project (engineering) and a clocks project. 
In Year 9, students will learn about polymer production and their impact on the environment before designing a phone holder, they will then learn about timber production and practise complex construction joints. They will then learn about systems and control before making a nightlight. Finally they will complete a final sustainable design and make project based around a batch of pen pots. 

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.


A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 DT is available here

A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 DT Food and Textiles 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