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Design & Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.


The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.

At Bredon Hill Academy, pupils studying resistant materials combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products that meet human needs.

Resistant Materials

Key Stage 3

Topics covered include:

Year 7

Jewellery Project: A metal based project where students design and make an item of jewellery. Students study the work of other designers and use this research as inspiration for their own project work.

Year 8

Clock Project: Students design and make a clock. During this project they will carry out a variety of activities covering research, design, manufacture and evaluation. Hand tools and workshop machinery are used by students to manufacture a quality product.