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Design & Technology at St James's

Design and Technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables children and young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resilient, resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Students develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world. Additionally, it provides excellent opportunities for students to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others. 

Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and create quality products through an iterative process.

Curriculum Features

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Design and Technology Curriculum

Assessment Grids

KS3 Design Technology Assessment Grids 


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Key Stage 3

KS3 lessons are taught using a rotation so that all pupils get the opportunity to study Electronics, Resistant Materials, Graphics and Food. In Year 9 pupils will get an option to opt for one of these four GCSE subjects that are taught as either GCSE Food Technology or GCSE Product Design.

Lessons in KS3 are planned around a ten week rotation; a pupil would typically be taught for ten lessons in Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Electronics. All the lessons are very practical, great fun and are taught in Specialist Technology Rooms.

Key Stage 4

There are four areas of Design and Technology to choose from - all are very practical and are taught in a manner that pupils find engaging and fun!

Design and Technology bridges the gaps between many subjects. The theories of Maths and Science can be combined with the creativity of Art to produce outstanding work in the Design and Technology Department.

All areas of Design and Technology are Fun, Practical and help to develop key skills that are not only essential to life beyond school but can also help put so many other subjects in to context!

Product Design – Solving Problems through Design

  • Electronics
  • Food
  • Graphics
  • Product Design

Coursework – 60% Exam – 40%

Good Coursework + Exam = Outstanding Results!!

Please be aware that you can only pick ONE of the Design and Technology subjects.

Design and Technology Options at a glance:



Product Design