Design and Technology


We believe that students deserve a Design & technology curriculum which prepares them for the world they live in. Studying Technology through Textiles and Resistant Materials enables students to understand and navigate their visual world, and solve real and relevant design problems through robust, iterative design processes.

Our vision for Design and Technology subjects is of an inspiring and rigorous curriculum centred around the teaching and learning of practical competencies that support the design, creation and evaluation of a range of products using a variety of materials. Creative thinking and an understanding of the broader design process is the foundation of the subject and, wherever possible, enables students to address ‘real life’ design problems.

At the centre of the curriculum is creativity and imagination. Design & Technology draws, develops and implements a range of different disciplines including aspects of mathematics, science, engineering, computing, geography, business studies and art. We embed high quality literacy skills through analysis and evaluation techniques.

At Key Stage 3 we deliver and enrich the knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning.

Students move through the disciplines with different specialist teachers for Resistant Materials, Textiles and Food Preparation and Nutrition. Our ambitious curriculum is accessible to all through provision of a range of opportunities and challenges for students of diverse abilities, talents and backgrounds. Students learn to work both independently and in groups, but all are encouraged to be motivated and confident learners whilst working on solving problems.

In Resistant Materials and Textiles, projects are based around design and make activities, covering a range of contexts and materials. Each project builds technical knowledge and develops students’ ability to analyse and evaluate their own work, as well as exposing students to a range design movements and designers.

Food and Nutrition

As well as building on aspects of design, make and evaluate, this subject places high priority on the preparation of a range of dishes which grow in complexity from Year 7 to Year 8. Students develop a variety of relevant skills and learn to use a wide range of equipment so that they can grow in confidence in the kitchen. The principles of nutrition and healthy eating are the bedrock of the planned cooking activities and students swiftly flourish when rising to the challenge of mastering dishes and building a repertoire of meals. We want our young learners to express themselves through cooking and develop a deep joy of all things food.

@@LibraryDGS01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 We are very excited to be welcoming to next Wednesday to talk to Year 7 about Reading for Empathy.Lots of Year 7 students received a copy of 'The Wild Way Home' on their transition days in July - bring them to the library at break to get them signed!
@@DidcotGirls01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 We look forward to welcoming you to our Open Evening on Thursday 28th September. Click here for more information: Read more
@@DidcotGirls01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 Some exceptional work this afternoon around the site. Year 9 are focusing on portraiture and were doing a fabulous job!
@@LibraryDGS01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 Welcome to a new school year at Didcot Girls' School!We have a fantastic opportunity for students to join one of our book groups with our Patron of Reading, More information here: Read more
@@DidcotGirls01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 Congratulations to all of our Year 11 students and everyone in our school community on another year of superb results. Such commitment- and a sea of smiling faces! 🌟45% of entries Grades 7+​​🌟85% Grade 4+ English & Maths​🌟71% Grade 5+ English & Maths
@@DidcotGirls01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 Congratulations to our wonderful year 11 students who are celebrating excellent GCSE results today. Read more
@@DidcotGirls01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 It was really inspiring visiting our Year 10s last week as they experienced a great range of careers. Here is Chloe, ready to go into the lab at Abbott Toxicology.
@@DidcotGirls01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 A massive thank you to all the local businesses who hosted our Year 10 students on their work experience last week. Here is Josie, on reception at the beautiful Bee House on Milton Park. She even checked in some of her peers when they visited the park on Friday!
@@DidcotGirls01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 A huge well done to all our Year 10 students on work experience last week, we've had lots of lovely feedback about how brilliant you were! This is Molly who impressed the finance team at Structure Tone, London with her IT skills and commitment.
@@DidcotGirls01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 We’re excited to be running our first ‘Leadership and Learning’ day today, welcoming a group of senior leaders from various schools to explore teaching, culture and inclusion A great opportunity to learn from each other.
@@RidgewayEdu01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 We’re excited to be running our first ‘Leadership and Learning’ day today, welcoming a group of senior leaders from various schools to explore teaching, culture and inclusion A great opportunity to learn from each other.
@@DidcotGirls01:00 AM - 1st January, 1970 Some of our GCSE and A-Level Music students wanted to drop in on Beethoven’s house in Bonn!
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