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Stewards Academy

Stewards Academy

Science Specialist

Design and Technology

Subject Intent

Design and Technology helps students to improve their manual dexterity and knowledge of tools, machines and materials. We encourage independent learning and thinking through the design and making of products for the new age of sustainability and care for our environment. Problem solving is a key skill that is learnt through trial and error, using the systems-based approach to design and the iterative design process.


We aim to produce students with:

  • Concentration and perseverance
  • The ability to express themselves clearly and succinctly
  • The ability to problem-solve
  • Skills using manual tools, machines and cadcam
  • A clear understanding of the design process
  • An understanding of how interconnected are, raw materials, the products we use and the ways we dispose products.
  • A mind that questions why products take a particular form and how they can be improved
  • A love of good design that spans different times and approaches
  • Knowledge of a vast array of materials and processes used to fashion them into products

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 study Design and Technology on a rotation basis so they are able to cover all aspects throughout KS3. Years 7 and 8 spend 12 weeks in a specific subject area, combining theory with practical to give them an insight into how a future KS4 course will be delivered. Year 9s enter the academic year having been placed in their two top choice technology areas for the year and work on a 1.5 termly rotation basis. This allows them to focus in and spend longer developing skills with the prospect of selecting one of our KS4 courses going forward. The areas that are covered include, health and safety training across all subjects, textiles, food and nutrition, working with timbers, metals and polymers, and CAD/CAM. All of the termly projects delivered, will lead to a high-quality finished product outcome of which they can take home.

Y7 Units Y8 Units Y9 Units
  • Wooden Phone Holder
  • Laser-cut Keyring
  • African Textile Cushion
  • Cooking and nutrition
  • Memphis Milano ornament
  • Superhero graphics packaging
  • Smart textiles drawstring bag
  • Healthy eating and food safety
  • Denim Upcycle
  • Pewter Casting Jewellery
  • Automata mechanical toy
  • Drawing skills
  • Special diets and environmental issues

Homework policy

Pupils in Y7 and 8 will receive three pieces of homework per term, while Y9 will receive five.

Y7 Y8 Y9
  • Article research
  • Knowledge organiser revision x 2
  • Food technology keyword worksheets
  • Article research
  • Knowledge organiser revision x 2
  • Food technology keyword worksheets
  • Article research
  • Knowledge organiser quizzes x 2
  • Worksheet based tasks relating to topic for recall x 2


Key Stage 4

Throughout KS4, Design & Technology and Food essentially splits into two separate subjects. As a whole department, we offer four different courses which include Eduqas: Design & Technology 9-1 (an option for Textiles or Timbers focus), WJEC Level ½ in Construction and a WJEC Level ½ in Hospitality and Catering (see Food Technology for more detail).

We work to the Eduqas board Design and Technology 9-1 specification. This comprises coursework, which is now called a Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) and a 2 hour written exam. This new specification includes mathematics questions and has stopped the design elements of the previous exam. Each element is worth 50% of their final grade.

At Stewards Academy we aim to provide the guided learning hours required for both design and practical skills, alongside the theoretical knowledge. Students taking a GCSE are taught twice a week for 1 hour and 15 minutes. During Y10, this structure allows us to work on the practical and portfolio element in one lesson, and the theoretical knowledge in the other.

The pupils enter Y11 with all the developed skills needed and an exam board brief to aid them in completing a successful 20-page portfolio which documents all their research, design and manufacturing. They produce a final product or prototype which is expected to be completed by the Easter holidays.

The theoretical knowledge taught in Y10 is then used as a revision tool, alongside textbooks and Eduqas resources to aid them in the final exam, which takes place in June.

Y10 Timbers Y10 Textiles

What is assessed:

  • Production systems, CAD/CAM, polymers, metals, timbers, sustainability, drawing, crating and rendering
  • Practical biomimicry lamp project
  • Practical speaker project
  • Electronics and electronic systems, new and emerging technologies,
  • 2D Design and Google Sketchup

How will it be assessed:

  • Peer, self, and teacher assessmentY10 PPE

What is assessed:

  • Production systems, CAD/CAM, polymers, metals, timbers, textiles, sustainability, drawing, fashion template design,
  • Practical biomimicry garment
  • Practical sustainability garment (using card, paper, and newspaper
  • Laser cutting and digitally printing fabric
  • Electronics and electronic systems, new and emerging technologies,
  • Adobe Illustrator and 2D Design

How will it be assessed:

  • Peer, self, and teacher assessment
  • Y10 PPE
Y11 NEA – 50% Y11 Exam – 50%

What is assessed:

  • 20-page portfolio
  • Working/functioning prototype

How will it be assessed:

  • Internal teacher assessment
  • Eduqas moderation

What is assessed:

  • Knowledge and understanding of curriculum
  • Knowledge of mathematics and science

How will it be assessed:

  • External Eduqas exam paper

KS4 Homework

Y10 Y11
  • Homework given every other week based around current theory topic.
  • Research tasks
  • Embedding activities
  • Keywords
  • Knowledge organiser quizzes
  • Homework given once week based around completion of portfolio
  • Homework can be completed in a Monday after-school session provided to aid the pupils who may need
  • Revision tools and resources for the exam