Hathershaw College




Curriculum Intent


  • To provide students with a comprehensive and creative Design and Technology curriculum that inspires and engages.
  • To establish a culture of high expectations to ensure that all students are able to make good progress and learn key transferable skills that will provide a solid skills base for future study.
  • To deliver a varied curriculum, including practical opportunities that support students in becoming independent learners who are confident and resilient in completing new tasks.
  • Give students the opportunity to work within ‘real world’ contexts so that students feel confident in taking risks when developing innovative and enterprising solutions.
  • Encourage students to critically reflect on existing products to develop an understanding of the impact that design can have on daily life, the environment and the wider world.
  • To encourage students to consider the needs of, and develop designs for, a wide range of users to nurture an appreciation and tolerance of other people’s experiences and perspectives.
  • Provide continuing opportunities for students to share their ideas with others so that they are confident in giving and receiving constructive feedback and are able to critique, evaluate and test their own ideas and the work of others.
  • To provide students with opportunities to experience the work of past and present designers and other STEM professionals to develop curiosity and enjoyment of the world around them.
  • To teach students the importance of eating a healthy and varied diet and how this can contribute to better physical and mental health and support their long term well-being.
  • To ensure that all students can safely and independently cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so they are able to make healthy food choices to feed themselves and others affordably.
  • To celebrate the diversity of our school by experiencing a range ingredients and dishes from around the world to inspire curiosity of the world around us and develop a culture of tolerance and understanding.
  • To consider the needs of others when cooking and preparing food products such as awareness of food allergies, intolerances, religion and other dietary requirements.
  • Support student’s literacy and reading development by providing them with factual texts and contexts, such as newspaper articles, to develop their language and vocabulary. Opportunities for debate, opinion and reflection of the written text will support students in developing their comprehension.

KS3 Allergy Information

KS4 Allergy InformationBudget friendly recipes 

Curriculum Overview


Food & Nutrition Working safely and independently in the kitchen students learn to prepare healthy, balanced meals.

Textile Art
Introduction to the using the sewing machine to create a ‘Pop Art’ inspired fabric canvas.

Food Choices
What influences our food choices?  Students will learn how to make and prepare good food choices.

An introduction to using computer software to create a design that will be made using the laser cutter.

Planetarium Note Holder

Working safely and independently in the workshops students will learn how to accurately use hand tools and machinery.




Inclusive Design

Students will learn about Inclusive Design and why it is important that we consider others when designing.

Food Planning
Students will learn the skills needed to cater for others including dietary requirements, allergies and costing,


Using nature inspired designs students will learn textiles techniques such as Batik and Stencil and use these to create their own design ideas.

Food & Diet
An in-depth look at healthy diets Inc. deficiency, excess and life stages.  Students will learn to plan and adapt recipes to improve their nutritional value for different groups.

Pencil Pot
Introduction of 3D construction students will need to accurately plan, measure and cut to create a 3D outcome in wood and plastic.




Looking at electronic developments in Textile design students will learn how to construct a circuit using electronic textile components.

Iterative Design
Students will be taught the concept of Iterative design and will develop their own ideas using sketches, modelling and user feedback. 

Global Cuisine
Exploring the world of food students will look at variations and similarities of International Food Inc. equipment, dishes and dining experiences.

Cooking Methods
A skills focused unit where students learn about heat transfer, fat/water based cooking and how cooking methods can affect nutritional content.

Desk Tidy

With a more independent approach to making students will plan, model and test their idea before independently making their design in the workshop.



Design Communication

Learning a range of presentation Skills Inc. decorative techniques, mathematical drawing, modelling and Computer Design.


Skills Unit
Focus practical tasks in multiple material areas Inc. textiles, timbers and plastics.

Practical Development
Development project where students use practical skills from the skills unit to independently make a phone nightlight.  The project will focus on control methods such as templates and jigs and how these can be used to create multiple, identical products. 

Flat Pack Design

Using IKEA as an inspirational case study all students will plan and make their own flat pack design.  Students will use 2D design to accurately draw and cut out their design using the laser cutter.
Students will investigate how IKEA are working towards becoming a environmentally neutral company and how they consider the impact of their products at each stage of its design,



How would you make…?
In this unit students will be given a choice of product which they will plan how to make.  Students will need to analyse the information given before planning, investigating and modelling how they will make the product. Each student will be given a set piece of material to encourage careful practice and critical thinking.

GCSE NEA*: Explore
In preparation for the start of the GCSE NEA students will need to explore the task, research and decide on a design brief and user for their potential product.


GCSE NEA*: Design

Students will create initial designs and develop them using card modelling and CAD.  Each design will be evaluated and feedback given to ensure the most appropriate design is developed.

Students will produce a final concept page and plan ready for making.


GCSE NEA*: Making
Students use their planning to make a final prototype incorporating a range of skills and materials Inc. the laser cutter.  Students record their progress in a production log and will evaluate their progress throughout.

D&T GCSE NEA*: Evaluate

Final testing and evaluation of the final product.  Student will have to reflect on the success of their design in meeting their initial design brief and suggest modifications for improvement.

D&T GCSE: Exam Preparation

Retrieval of theory knowledge and exam preparation techniques and practice.  This unit will prepare students for the D&T written exam.

*NEA is the Non Exam Assessment that students must complete as part of their GCSE.  The NEA is 50% of the total GCSE grade and is a piece of work that is completed in class and is moderated by the exam board. 

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Curriculum Overview KS3Curriculum Overview KS4


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Technology SMSC Statement


In Design and Technology, SMSC is delivered as a central part of our teaching and curriculum. The subject content naturally teaches students to reflect on the world around them and we always aim to bring and sense of interest and awareness of the wider world in our teaching. An example of this is in Key Stage 3, students explore the work of existing designers and look at new ideas and technologies such as biomimicry, smart materials and technical textiles which can all be used to promote creative thinking and encourage students to think alternatively from the stereo typical responses that they are more familiar with. It also makes them aware of different cultures and ideas that are often unlike their own.

In KS3 and KS4 students are required to produce new design ideas for users other than themselves which requires them to think creatively and to also consider the needs, values and viewpoints of others. In the Yr8 Inclusive Design project students design a product that will help users with varying impairments to independently access everyday tasks. This involves students conducting research to help them to understand the needs and feelings of different groups, whilst sensitively developing solutions that meet their requirements. Within these design and make tasks pupils are also given the opportunity to reflect on their solutions and consider other ways they could make their work better. As well as considering the needs of the primary user we also teach students to reflect on the cultural or environmental impact that a product or design may have during its lifecycle. Through product analysis students are encouraged to question the how a product is made, where a product comes from and whether a product has a positive impact or not. This is aimed at encouraging students to become reflective and conscientious consumers and to think about their product choices and how it may impact on the world around them. In KS4 students learn about globalisation, manufacturing methods and obsolescence which promotes debate about moral and ethical issues and often challenges cultural stereotypes, such as clothing being manufactured overseas because of cheap labour rather than the high skill set in that country. When possible we aim to link our teaching with ‘real world’ contexts through the use of current newspaper articles or news clips, for example the alternative use of paper because of the environmental effects of plastic or the current concern with textile ‘throw away fashion’. This gives students a better understanding of how designers and manufacturers have a role to play in improving our environmental future as well as encouraging students to reflect on their own consumer choices, developing skills and attitudes that will allow them to make positive contributions to modern Britain.

When working in the workshop students are expected to follow health and safety procedures to ensure they are keeping themselves safe and others around them. After practical lessons they are responsible for cleaning and organising their workspace, developing skills for life to be used outside of the classroom. In class students are given lots of opportunity to work collaboratively to encourage them to develop social skills and teamwork outside of their usual friendship groups.