Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

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Design & Technology at Durham Johnston School

Subject Overview;

Design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


Key Stage 3 Design & Technology at Durham Johnston School;


National Curriculum Design & Technology - the KS3 D&T curriculum includes the specialist areas of Resistant Materials, Textiles and Food & Nutrition.

The department aims to deliver a modern D&T experience within a purpose built suite of specialist rooms with enhanced facilities such as computer aided design and manufacture.

During years 7, 8 & 9 students work through the planned sequence of Design & Make Assignments shown below - developing their designing and making capabilities through the completion of a wide range of practical projects and cooking a variety of dishes.

Students will design and make a variety of practical objects working in the different material areas. These will be available to take home once assessment is complete, some examples of KS3 project work are shown below.




KS3 Design & Technology – Overview of Designing & Making Tasks

Resistant Materials


Food & Nutrition



Resistant Materials in Year 7 -


Wooden Fridge Magnet.

Electronic Greetings Card.

Air Freshener.

CAD/CAM Tasks.

(Computer Aided Design & manufacture)

Textiles in Year 7 -


Students are introduced to textiles and work through two projects to get a grasp of hand sewing and use of a sewing machine.

Pencil Case – CAD design: ‘Gridmagic’, dye sublimation, machine sewing, sewing in a zip

‘Puggly Doll’ – design, planning, hand sewing skills, creating own patter pieces


Food in Year 7 –

Theory: personal hygiene, safe use of equipment, enzymic browning, raising agents, food storage, cross contamination, seasonal foods, food miles, macro and micro nutrients, 5-a-day, Eatwell plate, animal and vegetable protein sources, 8 healthy tips, composting, classifying fruits and vegetables.

Dishes: coleslaw, bread buns, cheese and onion bread, rice / pasta salad, enchiladas, pinwheels, popcorn chicken wrap, banana bread.










Travel Game.

Electronic Nightlight.

Musical Money Box.

CAD/CAM Tasks.

(Computer Aided Design & manufacture)




Textiles in Year 8 –

Knowledge on materials and surface decoration techniques are developed further to design and make a toy cube.

The project covers: research, product analysis, design, fabric properties, target customer and applique skills.

Food in Year 8 -

Theory: water and hydration, effect of heat on nutrient level, leftovers, composite foods, cooking methods, alternative proteins, protein deficiency, salt in the diet, gelatinisation and starch, viscosity and sauce thickening, shortening, types of fat, CHD, diabetes, obesity, food provenance, aeration and coagulation, farming of wheat, provenance of meat, energy balance, food labelling, RDI.

Dishes: stir fry, toad in the hole and mash, spaghetti bolognaise, macaroni cheese, flaky pastry product of choice, Swiss roll, jam roly poly.







Cyber Pet / Electronic Game(Programmable Electronic Project)

Graphical Design Task

(Packaging based)

Trinket Box /Bird Box.

CAD/CAM Tasks.

(Computer Aided Design & manufacture)


Textiles in Year 9 –

In preparation for KS4, students use a commercial pattern to construct a range of stuffed toys. This introduces them to the commercial side of textiles including manufacturing methods and scales of production as well as environmental concerns.


The project covers – following commercial pattern instructions in sequence, planning, machine skills, surface decoration: block print, screen print, machine embroidery, CAD design.

Food in Year 9 -

Theory: dietary deficiencies and excesses, classifying cereals, fortification of food, concept of a balanced diet, effect of heat on the pH of food, energy obtained from fat, dietary needs, soluble and insoluble fibre, enriched doughs, gluten formation, food from around the world, organic food, fair trade, genetically modified food.

Dishes: Risotto, sweet and sour, chickpea and chorizo stew, brownies, curry recipe of own choice served with bread, Chelsea buns, sausage rolls, quiche.




Note: On some occasions alternative, equivalent Design & Make Assignments are used to make best

use of the D&T rooms available at a particular point in the weekly timetable.