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In Design Technology, we are providing students with an opportunity to investigate and develop their relationships with many aspects of technology. This will result in an awareness and understanding of the technology that forms part of their everyday and future lives. We strive to ensure all students leave with skills in problem solving and fundamental practical skills that are relevant to their futures.

Key Stages 3, 4 & 5 Curriculum

Throughout Key Stage 3, our students study 6 areas of Design Technology – Resistant materials, product design, graphics, food and nutrition, textiles and architectural skills. We aim to ensure all learners are equipped with basic practical skills in a wide range of areas, such as threading sewing machines, preparing and making a healthy balanced meal and accurately measuring and cutting timbers to create strong wood joints. Through a broad and varied curriculum, our KS3 students will have expanded their practical skill set whilst developing their resilience, confidence and holding an awareness of health and safety.

At KS4, students at Salesian have the opportunity to study either Design Technology, Art Textiles or Food Preparation and Nutrition.
Within the Design Technology GCSE, students learn the core technical principles of the specification such as, new and emerging technologies, as well as one specialist material, e.g. paper and board, timber, etc…
For the Food and Preparation and Nutrition GCSE, our students learn practical skills alongside studying the five key topic areas including food commodities, principles of nutrition, diet and good health, the science of food and food provenance.
By the end of year 11, all our learners will have the ability to study independently alongside possessing more advanced practical skills in their relevant specialist areas.

Finally, our KS5 learners are able to study either Product Design, Textiles, Graphics or 3D Design. We strive for our students to leave us as self driven, confidently skilled inquisitive individuals. They will be accustomed to regular independent practical experimentation who take pride in their work and are ready for the next steps in their learning journey.