School Design Leaders | Mrs J Aaron & Mrs S Charlesworth | &

Design Technology

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Aims of the Curriculum

Design Technology at Kirkburton Middle School allows pupils to use their creativity, imagination and problem solving skills to design and make products within a variety of contexts for a range of intended users.

The curriculum covers Product Design, Food Preparation and Nutrition and Textiles.

Pupils learn about the work of past and present designers, classic British designs and designing from cultures across the world.

They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and practically apply knowledge from other subjects such as Maths, Science, Geography, Computing etc.

Pupils learn how to take risks, and become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens enabling them to make an essential future contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. Pupils understand the environmental impact of the  materials they are using and think about how they can live in a more sustainable world.

They learn a wide range of skills using hand tools, machines and computer aided designing and manufacturing (CAD/CAM). They have use of a Laser cutter, sublimation printer and 3D printer enabling them to design and produce industry standard products.

In Food preparation and nutrition pupils learn where their food comes from and they understand and apply the principles of nutrition and how to cook. They cook a variety of dishes from different cultures and learn the food science behind the dishes they make as well as the nutritional content.

The Design and Technology department offers an open door policy at lunchtimes where pupils can catch up on work or simply develop their own skills and knowledge.

See some of the fabulous work on the Art and DT Instagram here (KMSArtDT) and twitter

Curriculum Overview

In DT pupils complete one term each of Food & Textiles, Resistant Materials & Drama. The curriculum below may be taught in a different order due to the rotating nature of the subjects.

Year 6

Food Preparation & Nutrition

Pupils will be taught about safe food preparation and hygiene.  They will learn about nutrition following the Eatwell guide and will make several dishes using fruits and vegetables.

Textiles Pupils will learn about fibres and fabrics.  They will learn simple embroidery skills and how to use a sewing machine as they make a Day of the Dead picture.
Product Design

Pupils will work with wood.  They will understand there are various categories of wood. They will make a desk tidy and learn about health & safety in the workshop whilst working with a variety of tools and machines.

Year 7

Food Preparation & Nutrition

Pupils will develop their food knowledge further with the introduction of pastry, food science, fair trade, and seasonality.  They will make various dishes 

Textiles Sublimation printing, Inserting a zip - 1960s inspired Pencil Case linked to the theory.
Product Design

Understanding Polymers
Pupils will learn about thermoforming and thermosetting polymers. They will look at these in an industrial context along with how they can be used in school. They will also look at the 6Rs and design and make sustainable packaging. 

Understanding Metals
Making jewellery.

Year 8

Food Preparation & Nutrition

Pupils will learn about the bread making process – both by hand and in industry.  They will make their own bread and pizzas.

They will look at foods of the world, food safety and food science and complete a range of practical food making activities to accompany the theory.

Textiles Pupils will design & make a cushion based on the work of a designer. They will learn a range of embellishments and designs and make their cushion to incorporate these.
Product Design

Pupils will design and make a USB colour changing lamp. They will work through the design process and understand about types of research, the client, target market and designing. Pupils will use CAD as part of the design process and will learn how to solder.

What career…?

Food and Drink industries, Food Science and Technology , Cooking and Food Preparation , Occupational Therapy , Home Economist/Consumer Scientist , Critic/ Writer, Food Designer / Advisor, Food for Industry

Fashion Designer , Textile and Surface Design , Clothing Industry , Footwear Designer, Textile Designer, Buyer, Window Design, Technical Adviser, Fashion Writer, Exhibition Design , Graphic Designer , Interior Design , Sign Making , Packaging Design, Marketing , Multimedia and Interactive Media , Film Industry, Technical Writing , Publishing , Theatre Design

Computer Game Designer, Graphic Crafts , Illustrator, Stage Designer, Website Design, Industrial Designer, Model Maker, Product Designer, Manufacturing , Architecture , Civil Engineering , Craftsman, Engineering , Design Engineering , Medical Engineering, Electronic Engineering , Automotive Design , Landscape Architecture , Practical Work , Construction , Carpentry and Joinery , Land-Based Engineering , Shipbuilding , Rural Crafts , Cabinetmaking, Furniture Design , Teaching , Trading Standards , Environment Technology, Materials Science