Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Dare to be wise

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.


National Curriculum Design & Technology - the KS3 D&T curriculum includes the product areas of resistant materials, systems and control, food and textiles. The D&T Department is moving towards a 21st century D&T experience utilizing the enhanced facilities which include computer aided design and manufacture and will be available to all years in the new build.

During years 7, 8 & 9 students work through a planned sequence of Design & Make Assignments where they develop their capabilities focussing on the different sub-skills of designing; Exploring ideas and the task, Generating ideas, Developing & modelling ideas, Planning, Making and Evaluating.