Design and Technology

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.

  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
  • (to have fun.GCMS)


In GCMS every pupil has access to the Design and Technology curriculum.

The subject is divided into three distinct yet interdependent areas:

Resistant Materials (RM), Food/Textiles, Art/Design.

KS2: One hour lessons. Each year 5 class is divided between the RM and FT rooms and rotates on a half termly basis.

In year 6, two classes are divided between the three rooms and rotate on a half term basis

KS3: Two hour lessons. Year 7, year 8 are organised like year 6.Year 8 also have an extra one hour lesson each week.

The pupils have access to a wide range of materials and some dedicated equipment

Homework is given on a regular basis. This may involve specific research, completing a set task, the further development of ideas and planning already begun in a lesson or to bring in a relevant resource. The aim is to encourage initiative and more independent learning.

To view the curriculum overview for D/T please click below:

D/T Curriculum