design & technology

The Design & Technology department at Les Quennevais School are committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all which provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for students, including Design Technology, Graphic Products and Resistant Materials. Learning and progress are key and we deliver modules which will allow students to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team. We aim to ensure that learners develop technical and practical competences as well as the wider skills valued by employers. Our main priority is for students to be problem solvers who are not afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students will embrace rapidly changing technologies and develop progressively into becoming informed and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The department firmly believes that students learn best by ‘doing’ and by allowing them to experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment. We strive to create an environment in which every child will be challenged and supported to realise their potential in an increasingly technological age.This is achieved through imaginative teaching that embraces new technologies and resembles modern industrial processes, whilst retaining the best of traditional practices. At the heart of this, is the desire to deliver a curriculum in which students produce high quality outcomes. Students must learn about the social and ethical responsibilities of designers and engineers and the importance of managing finite resources with care.

Design technology key stage 3 curriculum overview

Design Technology

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Materials- polymers, metals & timbers

Technical Processes- etching and printing, lathe work and fabrics

Basic electronics and processes


Structures- Frame, shell & mass


Designing & Processes

Labelling and annotation

Circuit design


Design, Electronics and Processes

Photoshop, printing, design & testing


Technical Skills

CAM cutting, design and packaging

Industrial Processes & Electronics

Casting & soldering

Research, design and make activity