Design & Technology

The Design Technology curriculum is based around Resistant Materials. We focus on providing pupils with the skills and knowledge to work safely, demonstrate vocational skills, design creatively and produce quality products that are unique to them.

We take pride in the opportunities that our subject offers and feel that it provides a valuable learning experience that will equip them well for the future. The skills that we teach are relevant to the world around us and could lead to studying vocational courses at college or employment. We provide pupils with the skills and knowledge to support them to become self-sufficient and able to become independent adults of the future.

We aim to provide an enjoyable, creative and stimulating learning experience, where our pupils combine practical and design skills with knowledge based learning. We aim to create confident pupils who are able to become independent learners and successful individuals.

Resistant Materials:

Students follow a varied curriculum, utilising the department’s resources, allowing them to experience various materials and manufacturing processes. Students are given, and respond to, design briefs covering a variety of themes and produce high quality outcomes in a range of materials.


Pupils work through a variety of projects developing a range of practical and communication skills. A number of design and make activities are used to build the skills of the students.


At KS4 pupils study GCSE Design and Technology.

Controlled Assessment builds on work done in Key Stage 3, and students are expected to work independently on projects, utilising the properties of appropriate materials and the department’s equipment and facilities.

During the course they will study the following topics:

  • Designing, planning and manufacturing: Combining, processing and preparing materials for manufacture.
  • Materials and components: their classification, working properties and uses
  • Design and market influences; Consumer choice and consumer rights; Social, cultural, moral and environmental issues related to the design and production of products
  • Industrial and commercial products and the work of past and present designers

During the course they will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of resistant materials
  • Experience and develop skills of a practical nature relevant to the solving of problems through designing, planning and making with resistant materials

Develop an understanding of the safe application of appropriate tools, equipment and machinery

For more information on the curriculum at Woodlands School please contact Jules Taylor on 01939 232372 or

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