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Technology - Year 9

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Technology for Year 9 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Ellis if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

Classes are mixed ability. Lessons are based on approximately 6 week rotations so that students have the opportunity to experience different areas of Design and Technology during their academic year. The students have four one-hour lessons per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in this subject will enjoy working practically, will be passionate about creating useful products, will enjoy problem solving and working out how things are made.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Generating and Developing ideas
  • Planning and knowledge
  • Working with materials
  • Testing and evaluating

What will students learn at this level?

Food - Protein and cake making methods. You will recap Health and Safety hygiene in a food preparation environment, government guidelines and healthy eating, practical skills such as shaping, whisking, sauce making, use of oven and hob.

Textiles - Hat.  You will research different products through product analysis. Utilising this knowledge you will then test materials and their characteristic to make an informed choice of materials to design and make a hat. This project includes pattern cutting, the use of decorative techniques and evaluating the decisions and choices you have made to improve your product.

CAD/CAM - Jigsaw puzzle. You will build on your knowledge of 2 D Design, learn how to set the laser cutter for different materials and thicknesses and produce a jigsaw puzzle for a chosen client.

Metal work - Metal animal. You will learn about Health and Safety in the metal workshop. The project will help you to learn how to identify different types of metals. You will also braze; forge and plastic dip coat your animal.

Resistant materials/Electronics/Graphics - Light box.  You will make a wooden framed light box.  It will feature a light sensitive circuit and CAD generated graphics on the front.  You will build on your electronics knowledge, woodworking skills and graphic skills.

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Practical skills
  • Analytical and evaluative skills
  • Communication skills
  • Health and safety
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving

How will students learn at this level?

  • Watching practical demonstrations
  • Practising different skills
  • Using the internet to support your learning
  • Trial and error when experimenting with different materials
  • Observing your peers
  • Develop analysing and evaluative skills

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

You will be assessed in two different areas during each rotation. You will use assessment sheets which will help to understand how you can progress in each area. Your teacher will also give you both verbal and written feedback during lessons.

When do key assessments take place?

Work is assessed at the end of each rotation. Each rotation is approximately six weeks.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Encourage you to discuss your projects at home, perhaps research topics/recipes independently. Answer surveys and questionnaires, encourage you to watch design and manufacturing programme on the TV and visit exhibitions.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

  • Essential school equipment
  • Apron
  • The Faculty will support students with equipment if there is an economic need.

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • Science and computing– investigations and programming
  • Maths – weighing & measuring
  • English – reading, writing, communication
  • Art – presentation and drawing skills
  • Geography – Food provenance
  • PSHE – Food choices

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?



What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

  • We open our workshops to students at lunch and after school to work on your projects.
  • There is a textiles club you can join.
  • You can also help with other school events such as the school production!

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

Too many to list here but they include:

Product Designer

All branches of engineering, Architect

Materials scientist, Aerospace, Car design, Mechanic, Carpenter, Food Styling, Chef, Food Journalism/PR, Nutritionist/Dietician, Buyer, Catering, Education, Environmental health, Hospitality, Sports science, Photography, Food science

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

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How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

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How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

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How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

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