Head of Faculty: Mrs A Adamson

Vision of Subject

Our vision is that through the teaching of design and technology, our children will learn how to:

Manage and control risks, work safely with a variety of tools and materials, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.


At Key Stage 3 students are taught in mixed ability groups for 1 hour per week. They rotate each term to cover 3 subject areas namely Product Design, Textiles and Food Technology.

Students will receive termly homework challenges linked to the learning in the classroom.

At Key Stage 4 these subjects form part of the options process and can be selected by students to study up to GCSE level.


At Key Stage 4 Students can opt to study one or more of the following subjects. They will be taught in mixed ability groups for 3 hours per week.

GCSE Design Technology, AQA Specification code 8552

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, AQA Specification code 8585

Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering, WJEC 601/7703/2.

Students will be awarded a grade 9-1 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11.

The Hospitality and Catering students will receive a level 1/2 award in the subject.

Assessments to track pupil progress are set regularly throughout each half term to highlight areas of strength and identify room for development. Feedback is directly linked to the relevant qualification criteria.

Throughout their time at Kirkby High School, students in Design and Technology are taught the following key skills:

  • To identify, investigate and outline design possibilities that address needs and wants.
  • To design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose.
  • To analyse and evaluate design decisions and outcomes, including prototypes made by themselves and others.
  • To demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of technical principles and designing and making principles.
  • To understand wider issues, including sustainability and environmental issues that link to the subject.

Overview of the Design Technology Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and are outlined in the table below:

At Key stage 3 Pupils will work from a given design brief and develop key skills.

Textiles Product Design Resistant Materials Food
Year 7 Using geometric patterns pupils will design and make a fabric phone/device stand.

Key Skills:

Decorative techniques

Laser Cut Ruler


Key Skills:

Techsoft 2D design

Safe use of laser cutter

Storage/gift box

Key Skills:

Coping saw

Scroll saw

Sanding belt

Hand tools

Healthy Eating

Key Skills:

Rubbing in

Bridge and claw



Oven management

Year 8 Using day of the dead as inspiration pupils will design and make a cushion.

Key Skills:

Sublimation printing.

Pewter Keyring

Key skills:

Laser cut moulds

Pewter casting

Filing and sanding

Moving Toy

Key Skills:

Hand tools

Pillar drill




Special Diets

Key Skills:

Temperature control


Shallow frying

Year 9 Using a storage design brief pupils will design and make a product for a bedroom.

Key Skills:

Pattern making and construction.

Acrylic Speaker

Key Skills:

Soldering iron

Electric circuit


Board Game

Key Skills:


Tenon Saw




Multicultural Dishes

Key Skills:




Pastry making

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

Additional Information

Include details of any extra-curricular activities including:

  • Interventions
  • Revision sessions
  • Homework support
  • Trips


Teaching Staff

Mrs A Adamson Head of Faculty
Mr R Gibson Deputy Head of Faculty
Mrs P Roberts Teacher of Design Technology Food
Mr M Glover Technician/Cover supervisor
Mrs D Cox Technician/Cover supervisor