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Design & Technology

We currently have a wide range of projects at Key Stage 3, including Textiles, Food Technology, Resistant Materials and Graphics. 

The aims and objectives are:

  • To enable the students to experience designing and making through problem solving
  • To allow students to experience ‘real’ design situations through industry links
  • To encourage students to develop career aspirations in the fields of Design & Technology
  • To develop students' confidence with ICT in Design & Technology
  • To increase students' understanding of the technological world


Design projectsStudents' jewellery

In each area we teach the girls to investigate and analyse their work so that they can produce end products to a very high standard.

The Textiles lessons are taught in a purpose built room with a sewing machine for each student. Pupils use a variety of materials to design and make products. They work out their ideas with precision, taking into account how products will be used and the target audience.

Year 7 – Introduction to the sewing machines and Textiles. Pupils construct an electronics monster which is promoted in Graphics lessons. They work to create a character that contains a small electronic circuit which enables the monster’s eye to light up.

Year 8 – Pupils explore sustainability through recycling by making a Morsbag, a replacement for the plastic carrier bag.

Year 9 – Pupils create a cushion design using the skills learnt in Graphics. They then use various textile skills including sublimation printing and embroidery to decorate, before constructing the final cushion.

Year 7 – Pupils learn about hygiene and safety, healthy eating, the functions of ingredients and where our food comes from. This knowledge and understanding is used to design and make dishes that meet the needs of different target markets. A range of practical items are made throughout the year which develops the pupils’ knowledge of equipment and processes.

Year 8 – Pupils explore the functions, good sources and deficiencies of macro and micro nutrients. There is a strong focus on practical skills, and the girls are encouraged to make challenging dishes using new equipment and processes. An independent learning project is undertaken where pupils discover food seasonality, Fairtrade and organic produce. Evaluation takes place throughout allowing the girls’ analytical skills to develop.

Year 9 – Pupils learn extensively about the functions of ingredients. The ‘Christmas Bake Off’ takes place in the winter term where girls design and make their own Christmas sweet treat. Lastly, a group work project is carried out where pupils research, design, test and make a main meal or dessert based on food from around the world.


In Year 7 - a key fob project introduces the pupils to the design process in which their ideas are developed in a program called 2D Design. This is a CAD (computer aided design) drawing software package that enables their designs to be cut out on a laser cutter from acrylic sheet.

In Year 8 - they build on their skills during a jewellery project, undertaking research into existing products, materials and styles. They generate hand drawn design ideas from their research, then further develop the use 2D Design Tools to prepare CAD drawings of moulds into which they cast pewter. Their focus is on producing a high quality finished product, as well as on the theory of metals and processes.

In Year 9 - the girls design and build a phone charger stand with the option of using woods, metals and plastics in a particular design style. They can use both hand tools and CAD/CAM to manufacture the finished product. In Year 9 Graphics is taught within the Resistant Materials and Textiles projects.

Each pupil has access to a range of software packages including the Adobe suite, Google SketchUp and 2D Design Tools. We aim to build the girls’ skills to enable them to use the software with confidence and produce work of a high standard. The Graphics room is also equipped with drawing boards and as part of the course the girls will learn technical drawing skills.

Year 7 – Introduction to Photoshop. Promoting a brand and designing a leaflet for the electronic monster project, which takes place in Textiles.

Year 8 – Packaging design with Illustrator and Photoshop. Working with the Design Museum, design and make a package / disposable lunchbox to demonstrate a career path in the world of design.

Year 9 – Graphics is combined with RM and Textiles. The girls will utilise the laser cutter and sublimation printer. All design work will be created using a variety of graphics programmes.

Additional Activities:

Within the department we regularly enter competitions and encourage outside speakers to offer career advice to the girls. Recently, some of the Year 9 girls took part in the South Kent Science and Technology Day at Canterbury Christ Church University. The teams took part in four challenges; an E-Fit challenge, a Robot challenge, a Vehicle challenge and the final challenge was to construct a bridge. At the end of the day everyone gathered into the Lecture theatre where the Sheriff of Canterbury presented the prizes. TWGGS pupils did fantastically well receiving first place overall and are invited to represent South Kent in the finals in London.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus