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Design & Technology

Welcome to the Design and Technology Faculty

The faculty is made up of these areas:

  • Mrs Crow - Head of Faculty and Teacher of Cooking & Nutrition and Hospitality & Catering

  • Mr Thomas - Teacher of Design & Technology and Photography

  • Mrs Goth - Teacher of Textiles

  • Mrs Sargent - Teacher of Graphics and Product Design

The Importance of Design and Technology

'Design and technology prepares students to participate in today's and tomorrow's rapidly changing technological world'

At Moorside High we believe that through design and technology, all students become critical and informed users of products, designers and innovators. Students learn to think and do something creative to improve the quality of life for consumers. Design and technology is about students becoming self-motivated, creative problem-solvers which allows them to work both as individuals and as members of a team. Throughout KS3 and KS4 students look for needs, wants and opportunities whilst responding to them by developing a range of design ideas, by making and evaluating products and systems. In design and technology students combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social issues, environmental issues, function, and industrial practices. Students consider the use and effects of present and past design and technology.

Design and Technology at Moorside High a Faculty Policy:

 The aim of the Design and Technology Faculty is to offer equal opportunities to all students. We achieve this by offering a broad, balanced curriculum, which allows students of both sexes to achieve their maximum potential. Programmes of study are translated into differentiated schemes of work to match the ability, attitude and developmental level of individual students.

We strive to stimulate a lasting interest in learning through problem-solving and technological activities. We help students to develop their imaginations, sensitivity and creative responses to a wide range of aesthetic experiences.

Technology has an important part to play in helping all students acquire the knowledge and skills that will be needed for them to take an active role in an ever changing world.

The study of technology fosters a wide range of desirable qualities. Pupils need to cooperate with one another and have a responsible attitude to health and safety. Students develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills, both on their own and in groups.

As a faculty, we deliver high standards of academic achievement through designing, making and evaluating results. We work together as an enthusiastic team and promote an environment where all students develop personal responsibility and self-motivation but consider the needs and achievements of others. Through problem-solving and technological activities, the students build up their skills and confidence to enable them to approach a man-made world as active participants in future developments. At the same time, they show care and sensitivity for the environment.


  • To give all students of both sexes the opportunity and confidence to tackle and solve problems which are related to the needs of individuals.
  • To encourage the students to question the world about them as well as being able to constructively evaluate their own and other people's work.
  • To create a learning environment where the attributes of creativity, equality, cooperation and resourcefulness are developed and the students actively participate in project work.
  • To build on the different backgrounds of the individuals in a group and relate work to relevant cultural information.
  • For the students to develop an understanding of how they can control products and systems and how the products can be developed further to improve them.
  • To make students aware of the similarities and differences between school and the world of work

SMSC In Design & Technology

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC) is an important part of every child's Design and Technology education. The social and moral aspects of materials, products or foods sources are a major part of the Design and Technology Curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to make discerning choices about origins of manufacture and production. All design tasks have an SMSC element and also celebrate learning and success of the students and staff. All year groups learn how to work in a democracy whereby all pupils have a voice

Spiritual Development

Pupils' spiritual development involves the growth of their sense of self, their unique potential, their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and their will to achieve. As their curiosity about themselves and their place in the world increases, they try to answer for themselves some of life's fundamental questions. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to foster their own inner lives and non-material wellbeing. 

  • Explore creativity through product design
  • Explore emotions through design development
  • Reflection time to access own ideas
  • Use imagination in individual work and group work
  • Appreciation of beauty through discovery of materials and design

Moral Development

Pupils' moral development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the difference between right and wrong and of moral conflict, a concern for others and the will to do what is right. They are able and willing to reflect on the consequences of their actions and learn how to forgive themselves and others. They develop the knowledge, skills and understanding, qualities and attitudes they need in order to make responsible moral decisions and act on them.

  • Encourage respect for others and their work
  • Work cooperatively
  • Encourage respect in classroom environment
  • Encourage respect for equipment
  • Promote trust
  • Encourage sustainability through recycling and Upcycling

Social Development

Pupils' social development involves acquiring an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being members of families and communities (local, national and global) and an ability to relate to others and to work with others for the common good. They display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to make an active contribution to the democratic process in each of their communities.

  • Promote a sense of community
  • Encourage independence and self-respect
  • Celebrate success with displays and exhibitions
  • Encourage group/class discussion
  • Promote group work and accept roles within a group

Cultural Development

Pupils' cultural development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of cultural traditions and ability to appreciate and respond to a variety of aesthetic experiences. They acquire a respect for their own culture and that of others, an interest in others' ways of doing things and curiosity about differences. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to understand, appreciate and contribute to culture.  

  • Appreciate how culture influences design
  • Explore a range of materials and equipment used by different cultures
  • Gain inspiration though visiting exhibitions
  • Respect diversity of cultural values and beliefs

Design & Technology in Year  KS3

Pupils in Y7 and Y8 are ability set where possible and will be given the opportunity to experience all areas of technology each year.

All Ks3 pupils will:

  • Have one 100 minute lesson weekly or two 50 minute lessons
  • Work in all areas over the academic year, taking part in each area  (Food, Product Design, Graphics, and Textiles).

Design & Technology in KS4

  • Three 50 minute lessons or one 50 minute lesson and one 100 minute lesson. 

In D&T we offer a range of qualifications including GCSEs, Technical Awards and V.Certs covering the following disciplines:

By offering a wide range of courses ensures that we can provide opportunities for all our learners needs, for more information on each area please see the individual subject pages.