Design and Technology - Year 7


We challenge students to think, act and speak like those working in the field would. 

We aim to create the very best design literate students who are enquiring, confident and enthusiastic to define and solve problems.

In Year 7 the Design and Technology Department consists of four very different subjects:

  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Textiles
  • 3D
  • Electronics

 Lessons are taught on a “carousel” basis, so students study one subject area around every eight weeks. 


Working with Fair Trade, students design and make a new range of novelty products to sell at Tropical World, Leeds.  They develop their skills in creative problem solving across the different material areas.  The year includes many of the generic skills which are built upon in subsequent years. 

Food: Introduction to Food Preparation and Nutrition using fruits and vegetables 

  • Identifying existing knowledge
  • Hygiene, health and safety
  • Use of equipment
  • Weighing and measuring
  • The Eat Well Guide/ Healthy Eating Guidelines
  • Excess and deficiency in the diet
  • Alternatives to sugar
  • Knife skills/ techniques
  • The ‘rubbing in’ method
  • Recipe/ ingredient planning
  • Evaluating practical work
  • Practical lessons – Fruit smoothie, 1 pot salad, fruit crumble, scones & alternative sugar investigation

Textiles: Design and make a key ring 

  • Natural fibres: cotton, silk, wool
  • The work of others: existing products
  • Health and safety
  • Textiles equipment and tools
  • Hand embroidery
  • Applique – where in the world

3D: Design and make a coat hook

Students will learn:

  • about the subject and room
  • how important safety is at all times
  • what ACCESSFMM is
  • how to analyse a design brief
  • how to analyse existing products, knowing why and how
  • how to produce a design idea
  • how to develop ideas using feedback
  • about the tools and equipment available to work with woods, polymers and metals safely
  • how to achieve a quality finish on woods, polymers and metals, and the importance of this
  • how to successfully evaluate a product and find strengths and weaknesses


Electronics has strong links to Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. Every day we use sensors embedded within the gadgets, tools and appliances. A logical understanding of how these sensors work and how we can control is very important. We can use sensors to automate tasks, make workplaces safer and save the environment. These critical problem-solving skills will help create the next group of innovators.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate the use and programming of Microbits
  • Explain and code the Three Constructs of programming
  • Sequence
  • Selection
  • Iteration
  • Describe the symbols used in flowcharts
  • Create program designs using flowcharts


Regular homework is set to promote learning beyond the classroom, this helps students to prepare for future lessons and solidify knowledge. For part of this homework students explore spiritual, moral, cultural and social development around the world and this links closely to the NHGS ethos and values.


Students will receive regular assessment during each term. Assessment Reviews and written comments on completed work identify achievement and suggest areas and methods for improvement, and new objectives for progress.

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