Head of DT | Mrs S Charlesworth s.charlesworth@kirkburtonmiddleschool.co.uk

Design Technology

Aims of the Curriculum

Design Technology at Kirkburton Middle School allows pupils to use their creativity, imagination and problem solving skills to design and make products within a variety of contexts for a range of intended users.

The curriculum covers Product Design, Food Preparation and Nutrition and Textiles.

Pupils learn about the work of past and present designers, classic British designs and designing from cultures across the world.

They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and practically apply knowledge from other subjects such as Maths, Science, Geography, Computing etc.

Pupils learn how to take risks, and become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens enabling them to make an essential future contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. Pupils understand the environmental impact of the  materials they are using and think about how they can live in a more sustainable world.

They learn a wide range of skills using hand tools, machines and computer aided designing and manufacturing (CAD/CAM). They have use of a Laser cutter, sublimation printer and 3D printer enabling them to design and produce industry standard products.

In Food preparation and nutrition pupils learn where their food comes from and they understand and apply the principles of nutrition and how to cook. They cook a variety of dishes from different cultures and learn the food science behind the dishes they make as well as the nutritional content.

The Design and Technology department offers an open door policy at lunchtimes where pupils can catch up on work or simply develop their own skills and knowledge.

See some of the fabulous work on the Art and DT Instagram here (KMSArtDT) and twitter

What career…?

Food and Drink industries, Food Science and Technology , Cooking and Food Preparation , Occupational Therapy , Home Economist/Consumer Scientist , Critic/ Writer, Food Designer / Advisor, Food for Industry

Fashion Designer , Textile and Surface Design , Clothing Industry , Footwear Designer, Textile Designer, Buyer, Window Design, Technical Adviser, Fashion Writer, Exhibition Design , Graphic Designer , Interior Design , Sign Making , Packaging Design, Marketing , Multimedia and Interactive Media , Film Industry, Technical Writing , Publishing , Theatre Design

Computer Game Designer, Graphic Crafts , Illustrator, Stage Designer, Website Design, Industrial Designer, Model Maker, Product Designer, Manufacturing , Architecture , Civil Engineering , Craftsman, Engineering , Design Engineering , Medical Engineering, Electronic Engineering , Automotive Design , Landscape Architecture , Practical Work , Construction , Carpentry and Joinery , Land-Based Engineering , Shipbuilding , Rural Crafts , Cabinetmaking, Furniture Design , Teaching , Trading Standards , Environment Technology, Materials Science


Pupils will do two 9 week projects on rotation

Resistant Materials

As an introduction to the subject and to Health & Safety, pupils will learn how to use many basic tools and machines by designing and making a desk tidy.  They will be introduced to CAD/CAM and will use the vinyl cutter.

Food Technology

Pupils will learn about the benefits of 5 a day and make a selection of fruit and vegetable dishes including smoothies, fruit crumbles, bruschetta and cous cous salads..

Spring /Summer

Pupils will do two 9 week projects on rotation.

CAD Textiles

Pupils will do an introduction to CAD/CAM course and develop their 2D design skills. They will use CAD/CAM to design and make and a decoration for their bag using the laser cutter.


In textiles, pupils will learn about cotton and how to use the sewing machine. They will design and make a bag for their chosen target market and will add decoration using their laser cut design.


Pupils will do two 9 week projects on rotation.

Resistant Materials

Pupils will design and make a decorative light.  They will learn how to solder by making a simple circuit.  They will learn scales of production and industrial processes, in particular how to vacuum form and will build upon CAD/CAM skills learnt in year 6 by designing vinyl to decorate their light on 2D design software which will be produced on the vinyl cutter.  


In food, pupils will learn about healthy foods through the tasing and making a variety of mainly savoury dishes such as soup and pasta bake.  They will use the Eatwell guide to ensure their dishes are nutritionally balanced and will also be introduced to standard components and food science.


Pupils will do two 9 week projects on rotation.

Resistant Materials

Pupils will learn about mechanisms and develop their skills using a wide range of tools and machines by designing and making a simple pull-along wooden toy.  2D and 3D CAD skills will be developed alongside this project.


In textiles, pupils will research the 1960s and design and make a pencil case using images from that era. CAD/CAM is introduced through the use of the laser cutter and they will learn about the sublimation printing process. Pupils will learn about fibres and fabrics and suitable fabrics to use for printing.


Resistant Materials

Pupils will study a range of 20th Century design movements and do a full design and make project for a free standing clock, based on the work of their chosen design movement.  They will develop their CAD/CAM skills further and can choose to use whichever tools and machines they feel are appropriate including the laser cutter or 3D printer.

Food Technology

In food, pupils will learn how to make bread in industry and by hand and further develop this to make a pizza. They will make a range of savoury dishes and look at foods of the world and the use of herbs and spices. Pupils will do some food science looking at the functions of ingredients in both pastry and cakes.


Resistant Materials

In Resistant Materials pupils will find out about metals and their properties. They will design a piece of jewellery or an accessory based on nature and will study Biomimicry.
This project will allow pupils to select and develop many of the skills learnt in previous projects including CAD/CAM and enamelling.


In textiles,  the theme is sustainability where pupils use an iterative approach to design and produce an artefact from an existing textiles product. They will be encouraged to use a wide variety of skills including CAD/CAM and e-textiles, incorporating electronics where appropriate.


Students must take the views and opinions of others into account but still have the right to express their views and make their own choices.

Students are taught that everyones’ opinion is equally valid when working in a team.

They take turns both in speaking to one another and working practically with others.

They understand that it is not always possible or right to have their own way and understand the value of compromise and working within constraints.

The rule of Law

Students are taught about health and safety laws and food safety laws in relation to both Product Design and Food Preparation & Nutrition

They are reminded to take responsibility for recognising hazards and use information sources to assess the risks.

They can then apply their knowledge to take action to control the risks to themselves and others.

They are taught to work in a safe way and to leave the work area clean and tidy after a practical lesson.

Students understand and accept that if these rules are not followed that there are consequences to this.

Individual Liberty

Students understand that they are able to listen to others but can use their own ideas and design choices.

They accept that others ideas may not be the same as their own.

Students are taught to think about the impact of their designing and making on the environment and people. They are taught about moral choices when deciding on materials. Students use the 6 R’s of sustainability to understand how to conserve resources. Reusing materials is encouraged where appropriate.

Spiritual development is important and the process of creative thinking and innovation inspires students to develop their talents and self-confidence.

Mutual Respect

This is encouraged through team work and peer evaluation. Pupils have to work within constraints and share available equipment and resources.

Students respect each other’s views and beliefs.

We encourage respect of the environment and the equipment.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Cultural awareness is developed by researching influences on their own culture throughout the last century. Students also develop an awareness of other cultures through a variety of projects using various design influences.

In food & nutrition students learn about and cook food from other cultures along with special diets and religious beliefs. They learn about living in a multicultural society and how this influences our lives and choices whilst developing a tolerance for other cultures and beliefs.

Students are encouraged to share their own beliefs or way of life and choices, safe in the knowledge that their peers will show respect and acceptance.

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