Welcome to the Design Technology Department at Outwood Academy Ormesby

“I enjoy being creative and making things, this is my favourite subject!”


E Richardson

Mrs E Richardson Acting Head of Design Technology e.richardson@ormesby.outwood.com

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Mrs C Boland

Mrs C Boland Teacher of Technology c.boland@ormesby.outwood.com

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The benefits of the studying Design and Technology are that each student leaves the Outwood Academy Ormesby with creative and practical skills which allow them to problem solve in life.

Key Stage 3 Overview

In Year 7, students are introduced to working in the Design Technology workshops. They develop an understanding of the working characteristics of a range of resistant materials and textiles whilst making several products. Health and safety in the workshop area is taught through practical study, and students learn to use a variety of tools and equipment safely. Designing is based on the needs of self and others, and students are assessed on their ability to design and annotate. In Year 8 students continue to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the DT syllabus through designing and making practical products. The emphasis on design changes to a focus on user groups and their needs. Students produce a variety of outcomes to prepare for Year 8 options in DT, including Engineering, Technical Awards and Food Preparation and Nutrition.


Key Stage 4 Overview

Option subjects in DT in Year 9 include:

  • WJEC GCSE Hospitality
  • AQA GCSE Engineering
  • AQA Techinical Award Visual Communications
  • AQA Technical Award Fashion and Textiles
  • AQA Technical Award Materials Technology

These subjects are taught in specialist rooms with good facilities, and the focus is on developing skills for coursework which accounts for 60% of the awards. This is done through the production of a variety of ‘design and make’ tasks for students to enjoy.
Students in Year 10 will complete the courses highlighted in the Year 9, with the completion of the course work units as a priority. Examination technique is taught through the year, with a focus on good quality exam question responses.
These courses are heavily based on coursework outcomes, and students develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the working world whilst studying.

Materials Technology -Technical Award Specification

Visual Communications -Technical Award Specification

Fashion and Textiles -Technical Award Specification


Enrichment Opportunities

Wednesday – Coursework catch up for GCSE Engineering and GCSE Hospitality – Mrs Richardson in A21
Thursday – Cookery Club Mrs Boland in D23

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

In both key stages, we support the spiritual provision within our school by enjoying and celebrating personal creativity. We design products in resistant materials, textiles, and food areas. We then ask students to review and evaluate created things, as well as looking at the products that are made, raising questions about their impact on different cultures, as well as the impact on our ecological systems. We support spiritual thinking by considering the design of products for a range of cultures in resistant materials, textiles, and food.

We design for individuals initially, and then we begin thinking about others in the wider sense, considering the needs and beliefs of target market groups. At KS4, we consider the effects of manufacturing on the environment. We consider the core beliefs of a client group so that we design items that meet their spiritual needs. In DT we support spiritual thinking:
• by raising questions about the effect of technological change on human life and the world around them
• by exploring dilemmas that individuals may face and developing practical solutions to these problems.

In KS3, we design products with sustainability as a focus to save energy, reduce waste, and protect wildlife. In KS4, we consider the effects of manufacturing on the environment. We study mass production techniques, as well as the effects of materials, including primary and secondary manufacturing. We also consider the effects of packaging and transportation, and the moral implications of sustainable design and manufacture.
We promote social development:
• by exploring dilemmas that individuals may face and developing practical solutions to these problems
• by making food to support vulnerable groups in our society.

We design and make products based on religious festivals to celebrate and enhance these experiences. In DT, we prepare and serve food to a variety of social groups, including our OAPs and hampers for vulnerable groups at Christmas. We do work on charity events, looking at the role of the volunteer in our society, and the moral implications of preparing food from non organic sources.
We promote cultural development:
• by considering cultural influences on design by asking questions about functionality v aesthetics

We design and make in resistant materials, textiles, and food areas with consideration for the wider community.

In DT, we consider the values of other faiths so that our products are designed for all users, regardless of their faiths.

In food at key stage 3, we learn about the different views and beliefs of other groups at home and around the world. This enables study in the production of food that can be served to all faiths in Britain and elsewhere.

In textiles, we consider the design of clothing for users in our society, but we look at the needs of the wider world as we compare and contrast our western clothing with that of other cultures.