Design and Technology

Intent

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.

@@DidcotGirls05:19 PM - 23rd February, 2024 Thoroughly entertaining and inspiring talk from Manjeet Mann to our Year 9 and 10 students today. Thanks to for providing books to be bought and signed! pic.twitter.com/LVHewYAyGm
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@@DidcotGirls01:49 PM - 19th January, 2024 Our corridors are beautifully decked with a new display of stunning work from KS3 students last term. From architectural Polaroids and portraits to still lives, the outcomes of their sustained pieces are brightening the walls for all to see. pic.twitter.com/apjdL7G7EF
@@RidgewayEdu03:46 PM - 17th January, 2024 This afternoon, Reading Ambassadors from  visited Sutton Courtenay Primary School to look at the Primary Novels shortlisted for the  with Year 6 students. We can't wait to see which book they vote for! pic.twitter.com/4OQMkqJ8fA
@@RidgewayEdu03:44 PM - 17th January, 2024 This afternoon, Reading Ambassadors from  visited Sutton Courtenay Primary School to look at the Primary Novels shortlisted for the  with Year 6 students. We can't wait to see which book they vote for! pic.twitter.com/4OQMkqJ8fA
@@DidcotGirls03:38 PM - 20th December, 2023 Wishing all of our staff, students and their families a restful, happy Christmas break. We look forward to seeing you all back on Tuesday 9th January. 🎄 pic.twitter.com/f1NrOXofwc
@@DidcotGirls12:43 PM - 13th December, 2023 Treats galore at our annual Xmas Business Fayre! Year 10 have worked so hard on their products and the rest of the school can’t wait to visit at lunchtime. 🎄 🎅 pic.twitter.com/rOhaaGXhpR
@@DGS_PEdept09:22 PM - 11th December, 2023 Here she is!!!! Congratulations Honey, we are so proud of you!! What an incredible achievement. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿⚽️ Read more
@@DGS_PEdept07:57 PM - 11th December, 2023 Here she is!!!! Congratulations Honey, we are so proud of you!! What an incredible achievement. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿⚽️ Read more
@@RidgewayEdu04:58 PM - 11th December, 2023 Carefully organised and well put together programme.’ ‘Excellent variety and strong presentations- thank you!’ We are thrilled with the feedback from our RET Leadership and Learning day! pic.twitter.com/pmT1r63FLC
@@RidgewayEdu04:58 PM - 11th December, 2023 Carefully organised and well put together programme.’ ‘Excellent variety and strong presentations- thank you!’ We are thrilled with the feedback from our RET Leadership and Learning day! pic.twitter.com/pmT1r63FLC
@@DidcotGirls02:02 PM - 10th December, 2023 Congratulations Ava! We are all so proud of your tremendous achievement. 👏 🧬 🧪 Read more
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