Design and Technology

The design technology faculty is a range of many technology subject including food technology, resistant materials (working with woods, metals and plastics) and textiles.

At Putteridge we value the importance of preparing students to actively participate in a rapidly changing technological world. The subject calls for pupil’s to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as members of a team. Our faculty aims to stimulate the curiosity, promote problem solving and critical thinking skills. Technology constantly evolves and we want to ensure that our students develop skills for designing and preparing them to participate in our new society.

We have very good facilities at Putteridge including: specialist workshops for 3 Dimensional Design, two excellent textiles rooms with new sewing machines and two large food technology rooms with new ovens.

Key Stage 3

In year 7 and 8 student cover three subjects during the three terms, experiencing different areas of technology within the year. Course subjects include food technology, textiles, 3D Design and Graphics. The students have the opportunity to produce quality practical outcomes, with the relevant theory work to support the national curriculum requirements. Students have 2 lessons a fortnight to produce practical items and theory work.

In key stage 3 marking and assessment follows the national curriculum requirements and students are awarded progress descriptors at the end of each rotation. Progress will be aggregated at the end of the key stage.

At the end of year 8 students can choose their GCSE subject in either Food, Textiles or 3 Dimensional Design. All these areas cover the basic ground level of skill building to aid transition from KS3 to KS4 GCSE coursework. 

Key Stage 4

At key stage 4 we currently offer GCSE courses in 3D Design and Textiles using the examining board: AQA    The assessment of all the subject have two units one a written paper worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade  the other a design and making practice coursework worth 60% of the overall GCSE grade.

In year 10 the students will follow a program of focused practical task, theory-based lessons and experimental lessons in their chosen GCSE option. Various projects are undertaken to allow the student to improve their researching, designing, modelling, making and evaluating skills.  In year 11 students continue with the portfolio and a high quality prototype product will be made by the students once the final design is completed. The skills developed in year 9-10 will have prepared and developed student to a level where they can work independently on their exam task.

Exam Board

For more information on the subject and to review the GCSE specification from the exam board please click here.