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Year 9 Design & Technology

Resistant Materials / Electronics

Students in year 9 are given a true taste of what life would be like for them if they were to continue to study Resistant Material or Electronic Products at GCSE level. This year is split into 2 projects, the first of which tasks the students to design and make a small amplifier speaker product to connect their iPod's, iPods and phones. The second project tasks the students to think of sustainability and incorporates the element of competition as students are placed into groups and design and make small water powered rockets to race.

Amplifier Project
This project involves students working independently within the electronic products studio to assemble a amplifier PCB and then to transfer to a multi-material workshop to build the speaker casing. Students love this project as they get to see instant results for all their hard work as soon as they connect their device. This project is specifically designed to challenge students to develop their knowledge of electronics and how to produce PCB's. Once students are confident that their amplifiers work, they are transferred into the workshop where they construct the speaker housing unit to make sure their music sounds even sweeter.

Water Rocket Project
This project is regarded as a teacher favourite as students are challenged to work in small teams and collaborate to produce a working prototype. Once the students have completed the construction of their rockets, the fun can begin. The class is taken outside and strap their rockets to the race track and the action begins.............


 In year 9, students research a range of psychedelic style artwork, which they use as inspiration for their own psychedelic themed t shirt. Students produce their own handmade sketchbook of 2D visual recording work and will be given opportunities to use digital manipulating software such as Photoshop to develop their own digital artwork inspired by psychedelic art. Students sample techniques such as tie dye (using paintbrushes and bottled dye), marbling with inks, string block printing and a range of surface embellishments. These samples are mounted within their handmade sketchbooks and the work is used to reflect on techniques when producing a range of designs for their final T-Shirt product. This project is designed to allow students to sample the style of lessons they should expect if they chose to take Level 2 BTEC Art and Design Textiles in year 10.

Food Technology

‘Food Glorious Food’

This scheme of work has been developed to enable pupils to learn how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and apply their knowledge of nutrition. In addition, they will consider consumer issues, food and its functions and new technologies/trends in food, as well as food waste.

Pupils will have the opportunity to work through the following contexts:

  • Domestic and local (home, health and culture);
  • Industrial (food and manufacturing).


  • Pupils will extend their knowledge and understanding of food, diet and health;
  • Pupils will extend food preparation and cooking techniques;
  • Pupils will extend their knowledge of consumer food and drink choice;
  • Pupils will be able to apply their knowledge to make informed choices;
  • Pupils will develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently;
  • Pupils will build an apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality products for a wide range of users;
  • Pupils will evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.

Learning Outcomes Overview

Through this Scheme of Work, pupils will:

  • Apply the principles of The Eatwell Guide and relate this to diet through life;
  • List and explain the dietary needs throughout life stages;
  • Investigate information and guidance available to the consumer regarding food labelling, availability, traceability, food assurance schemes and animal welfare;
  • Explain the characteristics of ingredients and how they are used in cooking;
  • Adapt and follow recipes to prepare and cook a range of predominately savoury dishes;
  • Demonstrate a range of food preparation and cooking techniques and independently apply the principles of food safety and hygiene;
  • Investigate and discuss new trends and technologies used in food production, processing and cooking;
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making;
  • Be given regular opportunities to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of food science;
  • Be given regular opportunities to consolidate their literacy and numeracy skills by using them purposefully in order to learn.
  • Track their progress using the My learning journey booklet (cooking, nutrition, ingredients and creativity).

Prior Learning

Pupils will build on the learning in Year 8 Design and Technology. Knowledge and skills include:

  • The Eatwell Guide; energy balance; macro and micronutrients; food choice and menu planning.
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making in a range of contexts including home, health and food. 

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