Welcome to the Design Technology Department

The aim of Design Technology is to inspire in pupils a sense of excitement in this practical subject. Design Technology develops an understanding of design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control, and a range of materials. Pupils are encouraged to work creatively to challenge themselves to create and develop new technologies.

Curriculum Intent 

In Design Technology during KS3, students will develop an understanding of using machinery and tools safely so they can work practically to create handmade outcomes. They will learn to think about the suitability of designs from the world we live in and how designing to solve problems can have a real impact on improving the lives of the consumer. They will have an opportunity to reflect on a wide range of materials and their uses and applications. Develop technical drawing skills to communicate design ideas and functions. Learn how sometimes designing and making things takes time and needs us to be resilient so that the quality or problem we are solving is successful. Recognise the feelings we gain from making and how they can apply to areas of our life. Students will be challenged to ‘be inventive’ and make models that work! They will develop an awareness that design surrounds us and can be used to make a difference.

Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum map below outlines the programme of study in DT for all pupils from Year 7 to Year 11. We build on knowledge from Key Stage 2 and prepare our students for life beyond St Monica’s.

Click here to view our Design Technology curriculum overview.

Learning Journeys

Our learning journeys outline, in a visual format, the key knowledge that is shared with pupils in each year group. They provide a reference point for teaching and sharing knowledge in lessons.

Click here to view our learning journeys.

Knowledge Organisers

Our Knowledge Organisers support our delivery of key knowledge.

Click here to view our year 7 – 9 knowledge organisers.


Teacher of DT: S Kane                              skane@stmonicas.stoccat.org.uk

How DT links to our PSHE programme

Design and Technology develops children’s creativity, independence and patience. It encourages them to think about important issues in today’s world.

Key Stage 4 Outline and Rationale

Pupils in Year 10 and Year 11 follow the AQA 3D Design Course.

Useful websites

AQA | Art and Design | Subject content | Three-dimensional design

To find out more about the DT curriculum, please email skane@stmonicas.stoccat.org.uk