Design Technology

Design technology curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy

The department’s vision,

  • To provide exciting true to life project briefs and users when exploring problems.
  • Allow students to participate in a variety of practical skills which will build their confidence when using a broad range of tools and materials.
  • To provide a repertoire of transferrable skills and technical knowledge which can be used beyond the school setting and into everyday life.
  • Encourage students to think creatively and take risks in their work when designing to solve problems.
  • To expose students to a wealth of contextual information about the wider world, designers and the cultural backgrounds of food and products alike.
  • To build up a thorough bank of information about ingredients, nutrition and healthy eating which can be applied in a practical sense throughout their lives.


Sequencing of lessons

​In KS3 students will experience three main areas: engineering, textiles and food technology on a termly rotation. During KS3, textiles and engineering lessons focus on the key areas of design, make, evaluate and technical knowledge. Food technology is sequenced so that year 7 have a solid foundation of food safety and health eating knowledge and basic food preparation skills such as vegetable preparation and using the cookers. Year 8 and 9 will build on this whilst incorporating food provenance, the properties and characteristics of ingredients and also cuisines from around the world.

In KS4 design technology subjects, students build on KS3 knowledge and skills whilst beginning their specification content. This is covered in a gradual manner through a mixture of theory and practical lessons. In year 11 students complete their NEA tasks for all subjects whilst also having regular recall activities on previous learning.



Throughout the whole curriculum there is attention to recall as a key tool in helping students acquire useful long-term information and skills. This is assessed through regular low stake quizzes, snapshot assessments and self/peer assessment.

In KS3 teacher assessment takes place every half term on one of the key areas; design, make, evaluate and technical knowledge. Food technology differs as teacher assessment is a practical observation and an end of unit written assessment.

In KS4 teacher assessments are half termly on their current unit of study/practical task which explores the key taught and skills acquired. These assessments provide an opportunity for student feedback and response to marking activities.


Curriculum in action

5 Year Road Map

D+T 5 Year Plan