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The Design Technology (DT) Department is split into four separate areas of study:

  • Food Technology
  • Control & Modelling
  • Resistant Materials
  • Textiles

There is a team of 4 teachers delivering these lessons across different curriculum areas, alongside an experienced team of teaching assistants.

Achievement & Progress

During Year 7, Design Technology lessons are rotated each half term between Food Technology, Textiles and Control & Modelling.

In Year 7 and 8 much of the learning is incorporated into the curriculum areas of Food Technology, Creative Arts (Resistant Materials & Textiles) and Computing (Control). For further information see these curriculum areas.

Curriculum Overview

Food Technology

The aims of the Food Technology Team are to promote and encourage an understanding of a healthy balanced diet, whilst practising a range of cooking methods, techniques and skills. This provides the students with the confidence, knowledge and independence to plan, prepare and cook a range of meals and recipes. An emphasis is placed upon the practical development of skills and knowledge and students will cook most weeks of the school year during Year 8 and 9.

There are a range of cooking skills which are taught all through KS 3 which are refined and developed as the students build upon their cooking experiences. Some of these skills include:

Using basic tools & equipment; safe & hygienic working practices; weighing; measuring; preparing foodstuffs; using an oven, grill & hob; peeling, chopping and grating; boiling; rubbing in; creaming; pastry making.

Students are regularly exposed to a wide range of tastes, smells and textures and are encouraged to try new foods from British and other World cultures. Some examples of recipes prepared are:

  • Chocolate crispy cakes
  • Rocky Road
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Apple Pie
  • Minced Pies
  • Bolognese Sauces
  • Fried Rice
  • Pancakes as well as many more.

Creative Arts

The schemes of work used in KS3 help promote individual artistic styles which can then be transferred into KS4. Year 7 and 8 carry out experimental work to enthuse and develop individual style. Once learners have entered Year 9 they follow the ASDAN Expressive Arts Award. Art at Oaklands is enjoyable and achievable, with outstanding facilities to help support every learner.  All KS3 now have a Resistant Materials unit and Textiles Units incorporated into their scheme of work.

DT Units of study include: Textiles: weaving and sewing; designing and making key rings using fimo; using a sewing machine to design and create multi-media pieces of Art; making clocks using friendly plastic and polymorph; making phone holders using thermoform.


At KS3 we aim to take a scaffold approach to students learning, preparing them for KS4. We teach a range of modules that are accessible to the pupils of Oaklands. Through KS3 they will learn essential Computing skills and applications including digital citizenship, digital media, coding, data handling, finding information, control and animation. In Year 9 studnets will begin to work on the Entry Level or Level 1 Computing programme, preparing them fully for KS4.

DT Units of study include: Using probots; programming probots and movement sequences; components of a computer – input/ output; hardware/software and storage devices



  1. Year 7 D&T Curriculum
  2. Year 8 D&T Curriculum
  3. Year 9 D&T Curriculum