St Ambrose Barlow RC High School

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School

 design technology

Intent Statement

Design & Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, pupils develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. 

Cooking and Nutrition teaches pupils how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils also opens a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Technology Department Staff 

Mr L Waterworth - Subject Leader of Technology

Mrs M McGowan - Food & Nutrition 

Mr W Smith - Technician 

Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9 pupils complete two units in Design and Technology and Cooking and Nutrition

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Design & Technology Health & Safety in the WorkshopMulti material Ball Bearing Game Project. Design and make project using basic hand tools and workshop machinery. Multi material pencil case using including use of CAD/CAM.Develop further each pupils understanding and experience in the workshop with multiple tools and machines safely. Primary User specific CAD CAM clock using multiple materials.Pupils demonstrate knowledge and skills in the design and make process to manufacture an complete and working product.
Cooking & Nutrition Food hygiene and safetyDeveloping Practical skills- making products such as Fruit salad,Bolognaise, Curry,SWeet and sour Chicken, Cakes and Biscuits Cereal and cereals products.Practical skills Bread,Pizza,Chelsea buns.Pastry and pastry products. Convenience foods /Food choices . Practical work in relation to this topics ranging from products such as Burgers,lasagnes Brownies ,Kebabs

Key stage 3 Curriculum Maps


Key Stage 3 Knowledge Organisers

Key Stage 4

Design Technology - Recovery Curriculum

Under normal circumstances The Design Technology curriculum would be completed as detailed in the Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps. Due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic a modified curriculum is being delivered which specifies what students learn in school and remotely. The department examined the Scheme of work and decided which elements of the course were essential and would still give the students the required knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course. The recovery curriculum maps are available below.

As a department we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to explore their creative and innovative side. We work through a variety of materials to allow the learners to combine practical and intellectual skills; the sustainability, economical and environmental issues are considered and applied to all products. Every learner is challenged to meet their potential which enables them to engage in all lessons and be successful. The pupils evaluate and analysis present and past technology’s and its uses and effects. The creative atmosphere in all areas allows the pupils to learn in an independent and enthusiastic environment.  The Design Technology department has six specialist rooms comprising of two material workshops, a food room, and a classroom with food demonstration area. There is a specialist computer room and a design room. There are 24 computers along with 30 wireless laptops which are shared throughout the faculty. 

Recovery Curriculum Maps

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps


Key Stage 4 Knowledge Organisers