KS3 Curriculum Guide



Pupils are allocated two hours per week in Design and Technology (Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials).

There are five modules throughout each year, each lasting 7/8 weeks.

Over Key Stage 3, pupils will experience an equal number of specialist lessons in Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials.

Pupils undertake a variety of short focused practical tasks and extended design and make assignments in order to learn technical knowledge, develop understanding and enhance practical capability.





Year 7




  • Designing, making and evaluating a variety of food dishes through a range of practical and creative activities.
  • Becoming familiar with the healthy eating advice outlined by the Eatwell Guide.
  • Following the essential food safety guidelines when handling food.
  • Carrying out sensory analysis.
  • Undertaking some simple food experiments.
  • Understanding the role of ingredients in a recipe.
  • Refining basic food handling skills.
  • Learning how to safely use a cooker and other basic tools and equipment.
  • Using ICT to analyse the cost and nutritional content of a dish.
  • Working with increasing confidence and competence.
  • Developing a love of cooking both at school and at home!   


Resistant Materials

  • Understanding the properties of materials
  • Vacuum forming and fabrication of plastics
  • Use of computer aided design
  • Basic practical skills using tools and equipment
  • Understanding of safe working practice
  • Producing a photoframe and noughts & crosses game



  • Simple classification of natural and man made fabrics
  • Understanding the difference between woven and knitted fabrics
  • Learning how to use the small equipment and pressing equipment
  • Identifying parts of the sewing machine and using it safely
  • Trialling and modelling the effective use of fabric paints and appliqué
  • Designing and making a quality textile product






Year 8



  • Adapting recipes and making a range of appetising and nutritious baked and main meal dishes.
  • Identifying the sources and functions of the key nutrients.
  • Recognising and avoiding food safety hazards.
  • Carrying out a variety of food science investigations to explore the roles of ingredients in a recipe.
  • Effectively planning a practical activity.
  • Enhancing an increasing assortment of practical food handling skills.
  • Aiming to achieve a quality finish.
  • Reviewing own work and carrying out focused peer assessment.
  • Using ICT for research, presentation and analysis.
  • Working with growing competence and independence.
  • Trial similar recipes at home in order to further refine capability.


Resistant Materials

  • Joining methods of wood
  • Use of computer aided design
  • Understanding electronic sensing circuits and soldering
  • Using tools and equipment with precision
  • Achieving a high standard of finish
  • Analysing existing products
  • Producing a maze and a moisture sensor
  • Applied graphics



  • Revise the function and use of the sewing machine
  • Developing the use of tools and equipment with precision to produce high quality products
  • Investigating and analysing target groups and existing products
  • Developing design proposals, high quality sketches, detailed annotation and use of ICT
  • Produce design specifications for a range of room tidies
  • Producing a functional room tidy
  • Evaluating finished designs




Year 9





  • Exploring the growing trend for street and festival food.
  • Identifying specific food requirements in a particular context.
  • Demonstrating the concept of fair testing when carrying out a food investigation.
  • Applying nutritional knowledge when adapting recipes and selecting ingredients to use.
  • Developing a technical knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of materials.
  • Handling a more challenging range of ingredients and equipment.
  • Objectively evaluating the success of practical outcomes.
  • Utilising ICT for analysis of cost and nutritional content plus modelling recipe adaptations.
  • Forming and justifying opinions regarding a selection of sustainability issues focusing upon food.
  • Developing independence and initiative.
  • Cultivating interest and extending practical capabilities.


Resistant Materials

  • Designing and making a marketable product
  • Understanding production methods and manufacturing techniques
  • Planning a system of manufacture
  • Developing graphic skills and technical drawing techniques
  • Systems and control/robotics using Flowol and Lego Dacta
  • Understanding of levers linkages, and cams
  • Use of computer aided design/2D design
  • Improve practical skills



  • Sustainable design theme 7 (reduse, re-use, recycle)
  • Investigate and explore methods used to transfer design onto fabrics
  • Trialling and modelling of a variety of techniques
  • Carry out appropriate research on existing products
  • Produce detailed planning sheets
  • Design and make a high quality, marketable product



pupils cookingAssessment

Pupils are formally assessed at the end of each Key Stage 3 module in order to indicate their level of progress.  Evidence is used from observation of practical performance in class, contributions to discussions, marking of written work and formal tests.  Self and peer-assessment feedback is also used.


Home Learning

A wide range of home learning tasks are set: research; planning; practical activities; evaluating outcomes, etc.  Home learning tasks gives pupils the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, develop their understanding and refine their skills in between lessons.  Access to a computer at home is very useful but there are opportunities to use facilities after school too.

Informal opportunities to practise key food handling skills, encouragement to engage in a textiles-based activity or the chance to make a product using wood or another material are appreciated.  A pupil is often inspired by a family member or friend who shares their practical skills with them!

Beyond the Classroom

There are many opportunities for pupils to extend their experiences by attending regular extra-curricular activities. 

Examples of graphics 


How Parents Can Help

Pupils are expected to provide some materials themselves in order to make quality products from their own designs.  Parents can provide important support by encouraging pupils to select and obtain materials promptly to avoid any unnecessary delay.

Spare materials are welcomed by the various departments.  Items such as wood, paper, fabric, threads, recipe books, etc. would be gratefully received.

Liaison with parents is valued.  Please contact subject staff by telephone, e-mail or a note in the pupil planner to discuss any issues which may arise.



Securing Success

Pupils are offered guidance and practical help within the classroom.  They are both supported and challenged to extend their performance.  A combination of individual, pair, small groups and whole class arrangements are planned and the learning opportunities are varied: practicals; demonstrations; discussions; written tasks, video clips.  It is important that pupils develop confidence and independence in their approach over time.



Subject Leaders





Resistant Materials