The Department

The Design Technology Department at Penwortham Priory Academy prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies, learning to think creatively. This subject calls for pupils to become problem solvers, both as individuals and in groups, looking for needs, wants and opportunities and responding to them by developing a range of ideas, then making products and systems.

Practical skills are combined with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. Through Design and Technology all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products responding creatively and becoming innovators.

In line with the National Curriculum all pupils at KS3 work in a wide range of materials through Food, Textiles, Electronics, Graphics, Resistant Materials and CAD/CAM.

Year 7

The topics in year 7 are specifically chosen to develop further the skills that pupils have been taught at KS2.

Food Technology - Pupils focus on healthy eating and 5 a day, they explore the different foods we eat and understand why we need to make wise choices when selecting foods to eat.

Graphics – Pupils work around a design brief for the British Natural History Museum, designing a headphone wrap using the design influence of biomimicry. This project introduces students to the laser cutter and the computer design software that is used with it.

Resistant Materials – Pupils investigate “When places suffer from floods many people lose the electricity in their homes. When electricity fails people have no source of natural light and are left looking for traditional means of light.”

Textiles – Pupils focus on where fibres come from and how fabrics are constructed, pupils design and make a Mini Monster, using hand embroidery skills and the sewing machine. 

Year 8

Food Technology – Pupils investigate basic food skills to learn how chefs develop their own dishes. They gain an understanding of how the choice of ingredients and the foods used in recipes can affect the health and well-being of those who eat them.

Graphics – Pupils design and make a range of pop-up greeting cards, influenced by the work of Robert Sabuda. They study paper and card mechanisms and mechanics, with added electronics to add lighting and effects.

Resistant Materials –Through a design and make task pupils investigate structures and mechanical systems.

Textiles – Pupils investigate, design and make an item of headwear which includes e-textiles.

Year 9

Food Technology - Pupils investigate different cultures celebrate with food in many different ways to gain an understanding of other’s culture and beliefs and celebrations.

Graphics – Pupils plan, design and make packaging to meet a design brief – studying 2D surface developments and industrial processes such as die cutting. Pupils will also begin to discover more specialised graphic design software, such as Serif whilst learning about branding and corporate identity.

Textiles - Pupils respond to fashion trends and develop construction techniques to make a pair of shorts.

Product Design – Pupils develop their 3D modelling for a client:  Using 3D modelling software to design their own sustainable building.


Pupils have the opportunity to study the following areas:

Food Preparation and Nutrition

AQA - GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials.

At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

* Food, nutrition and health

* Food science

* Food safety

* Food choice

* Food provenance.

Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in the catering or food industries.

Design and Technology

AQA - GCSE Design and Technology allows pupils to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques, and equipment.

They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

The course is delivered through a variety of design and make practical projects.

In order to make effective design choices students will need a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding. The core technical principles are taught to all students.

Students must then cover the specialised technical principles in the material category of their choice, the Design and Technology department will be offering the following material categories. Papers and boards (Graphics), Timber, Metal based products, Polymers, Textiles based materials and electronical and mechanical systems.