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Stewards Academy

Stewards Academy

Science Specialist

Design and Technology

Subject Intent

Design and Technology helps students to improve their manual dexterity and knowledge of tools, machines and materials. We encourage independent learning and thinking through the design and making of products for the new age of sustainability and care for our environment. Problem solving is a key skill that is learnt through trial and error, using the systems-based approach to design and the iterative design process.


We aim to produce students with:

  • Concentration and perseverance
  • The ability to express themselves clearly and succinctly
  • The ability to problem-solve
  • Skills using manual tools, machines and cadcam
  • A clear understanding of the design process
  • An understanding of how interconnected are, raw materials, the products we use and the ways we dispose products.
  • A mind that questions why products take a particular form and how they can be improved
  • A love of good design that spans different times and approaches
  • Knowledge of a vast array of materials and processes used to fashion them into products

Key Stage 3

Students in yrs 7, 8 & 9 study Design and Technology on a rotation. Each class spends 8 lessons in a particular DT area. The areas are workshop skills, textiles, food, CAD CAM. After a project has been finished they then move on to another area with a new teacher.

Year 7 Unit Titles

Year 8 Unit Titles

  • Basic food skills
  • Healthy eating
  • Photoframe design and make project
  • Cad cam mug and bookmark design and make project
  • Cushion design and make project
  • Cadcam door hanger/Bookmark design and make project

Students will take three of the projects over three terms.

  • Food/ cooking skills
  • Trinket box design and make project
  • Cadcam acrylic box design and make project
  • Batik design and make project
  • Food packaging design and make project
  • Dietary needs
  • Smart textiles and energy generation & storage

Students will take three of the projects over three terms.


 Brief description of the department’s homework policy for pupils in year 7+8

Students are given on average 2 homeworks per project.

Year 7 Homework Tasks

Year 8  Homework Tasks

  • Cad cam
  • food
  • textiles
  • workshop skills
  • food
  • graphics packaging
  • Cadcam
  • textiles

Students start in yr 9 by increasing their knowledge and practical skills in wood, paper/board and metals. This is followed in yr 10 by investigating plastics cadcam and electronics. This gives students a reasonably broad and thorough understanding of how to design and make products in different or a combination of materials. There is no examined work in yrs 9 & 10.

Component/yr 9    

What is assessed:

  • Wood and wood products, including two practical projects
  • Metal and metal processes including 2 practical projects,
  • paper and board including 1 cad design and make project

How will it be assessed:

  • peer, self and teacher assessments
  • end of year exam

Key Stage 4

We work to the AQA board Design and Technology 9-1 specification. This comprises coursework, which is now called a Non-Exam Assessment and a 2 hour written exam. This new specification includes mathematics questions and has stopped the design elements of the previous exam. The NEA and written exam are each worth 50% of the final grade.

At Stewards Academy we try to teach as much of the course through practical projects. Additional lessons cover the remaining topics.

Students are taught in single lessons of an hour and ¼ twice a week. This gives 5 hours over the fortnight timetable.


In year 10 students follow the WJEC GCSE and study a theory course and design and make a USB lamp and a speaker.

In year 11students start the NEA or coursework in the last half term in year 10 and design and make a prototype product by Christmas.  They then walk towards the two hour exampaper sat the folowing May.

The NEA is begun at the start of yr 11 and is finished by spring half term. For the NEA  students have to produce a 20 page portfolio and make a functioning prototype product. This must be done under the supervision of a teacher in a school workshop.

After finishing the NEA students revise for the exam in June.

Component/yr 10 

What is assessed:

  • Production systems, cadcam, thermo plastics and thermosets, sustainability, drawing, crating and rendering
  • Design and make a speaker project
  • Electronics and electronic systems
  • Mini NEA project

How will it be assessed:

  • Peer, self and teacher assessment
  • End of year exam



What is assessed:

  • 20 page portfolio
  • Working/functioning prototype

How will it be assessed:

  • Teacher assessment
  • AQA moderation


External Unit/ Examination 

What is assessed:

  • Knowledge and understanding of curriculum
  • Knowledge of mathematics and science

How will it be assessed:

  • External AQA assessment


Please provide a brief description of the departments homework policy for pupils at KS4

Yrs 9 and 10 are given homework weekly. Yr 11 homework during NEA is to keep up with coursework. Spring and summer term homework is revision.