Design Technology

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This department is part of the Technology Faculty.

“Design and Technology makes a unique contribution to the development of all young people by preparing them to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve the quality of life.”


At The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to engage in creative and innovative projects developing their designing and making skills through Electronics, Food, Graphics, Product Design and Textiles.

They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. Through Design and Technology students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Design and Technology is a wide-ranging subject that calls on knowledge and concepts developed in other areas of the curriculum applying and extending these in practical ways so reinforcing and enhancing the whole curriculum.


The Team

Mrs P. Lane   
Mr J. Halling 
Miss K. Harding
Mrs R. Cairns
Mrs M. Nuevo
Miss K. Dalley
Miss L Hodge


KS3 Curriculum Information Time Allocation

Years 7, 8 & 9 – The KS3 D&T Curriculum is delivered to all students through a combined 3 year course in a carousel arrangement. Students rotate between subject specialists on 9 week modules. All classes are taught four times a fortnight in one hour lessons


Setting arrangements
All classes are taught in mixed ability groups.


Homework is set on a regular basis in a variety of formats from buying and preparing ingredients or resources, short tasks linked to classwork, to longer, extended research tasks and will address a variety of skills.


Useful websites to support students


Progression to KS4
The D&T KS3 curriculum prepares students for GCSE in Catering, Food Technology, Graphic Products, Product Design, Textiles and Child Development or a VCert Level 2 in Creative Craft.


Please click on the links below for further information:

arrow   KS3 Teaching Outlines 2015-2016



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