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Design & Technology

‘Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.  Design is how it works.’

Steve Jobs (co-founder and CEO of Apple)

The teaching of design and technology across Bredon Hill Academy is delivered through a variety of creative and practical activities that cover designing, making, evaluating and technical knowledge, following the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Pupils are encouraged to develop their creativity and produce design products with a purpose in mind and for an intended user.

Through our curriculum, pupils:

  • will use creativity to design and make products that solve real problems within different contexts.
  • develop research and planning skills.
  • develop evaluative process.

We teach and assess our curriculum through our curriculum related expectations:



Curriculum Overview

Year 7



Basic Core Design Skills

Develop basic core design skills and design communication skills including sketching, drawing controlled lines, 3D sketching and annotation; develop knowledge of key terminology.


Timbers and their Properties

Introduction to the workshop and H&S procedures; select from, and use, specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment, and machinery; investigate different joining techniques and how to finish wood; develop knowledge of different timbers and their properties.

Mechanisms, Forces and Motion

Investigate and understand how mechanical systems, such as levers, linkages, cams and gears enable changes in movement and force.


Understand what the terms voltage, current and resistance mean; how to create series and parallel circuits using a breadboard with light, sound and movement as inputs and outputs.



Year 8



Workshop Safety

Retrieval of H&S procedures within the workshop; select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery.

Design in the Natural World

To gain an understanding of biomimicry and biomorphic design and how it is used to inspire design ideas and avoid stereotypical designs; to gain an understanding of sustainability and the 6Rs; understand the responsibilities of designers and engineers and how they are accountable for the products they design and make.

Analyse products from the past, present, and future; investigate new and emerging technologies and their impact on individuals, society, and the environment.

Metals and their Properties

Research different cultures’ traditional artwork to inspire designs for making a product out of metal; investigate ways to shape, form and decorate metals; develop knowledge of metals, their properties and of the annealing processes.

Sketching for Making


Designing through sketching and 3D modelling.

Know how to create and use mood boards to inspire designs; understand the meaning of ‘anthropometrics’ and ‘ergonomics’ and why they are so important for designers; use specifications to design products that are innovative, functional and appealing.

Use annotated 3D sketches and detailed plans to communicate ideas; create a functional and appealing prototype from timber; test, evaluate and refine ideas and prototype against the specification and user needs.

Modern Materials

To gain an understanding of a wide range of modern materials and to learn about how materials can react to outside stimuli and investigate how these materials can be applied to product design.



Year 7

Year 8

I can develop and communicate design ideas clearly using annotated sketches and modelling.

I can develop and communicate design ideas clearly using well-presented annotated sketches, drawings, 3D sketches and modelling.

I can develop design specifications to guide thinking in the design and construction process that respond to the needs of the consumer.

I can develop design specifications to guide thinking in the design and construction of functional products that responds effectively to the needs of the consumer.

I can use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery safely and with some precision.

I can use biomimicry to generate a range of ideas.

I can evaluate my products and ideas and take into account the views of those who will use my product.

I can use research, such as the study of different cultures, to identify user needs.

I can understand how electrical and electronic systems can be powered to create circuits with light, sound and movement as inputs and outputs.

I can show an awareness of the interests and problems of a range of people to enable them to understand the needs of a client or user group.

I can begin to understand and use mechanical systems such as: gears, gear trains, pulleys, levers and linkages using either kits or components I manufacture myself.

I can select from and use specialist tools, techniques, equipment and machinery safely and with increasing accuracy and show some confidence with familiar processes.


I can use traditional and modern materials, including smart materials, and consider their properties when designing or making.


I can continuously evaluate my products and ideas, putting at the centre of my thinking the views of those who will use my products.


I can evaluate existing products and suggest how the product, or user experience could be improved.


I can look at the impact of past and contemporary designers, engineers and technologists on the wider world, and start to consider my own responsibilities when developing products.


I can investigate, in depth, the work of designers and design movements to develop their appreciation of design and to successfully inform my own design thinking.




Additional Learning Opportunities

  • The national website to support DT and home learning.

Oak Academy – Subject: Design & Technology

  • A variety of activities and challenges that can be used to support children’s design and technology education. 

  • A free site that allows you to produce packaging templates to download



Useful Links

Websites with lots of free detailed DT technical information.

Last Updated: June 2023


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Bredon Hill Academy
Elmley Road, Ashton-under-Hill, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 7SW

01386 881426