Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mrs Garner

Teachers: Mrs Magnante and Mrs Christensen
Technician: Mr Doughty 

Vision Statement 

The Design and Technology department at Burnham Grammar School are committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all which provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for students. One which will allow students to become self motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team. We aim to ensure that learners develop technical and practical competencies as well as the wider skills valued by employers. Our main priority is for students to be problem solvers who are not afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students will become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Mission Statement 

The department firmly believes that students learn best by ‘doing’ and by allowing them to experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment. This is achieved through imaginative teaching that embraces new technologies and resembles modern industrial processes, whilst retaining the best of traditional practices. At the heart of this, is the desire to deliver a curriculum in which students produce high quality outcomes. Students must learn about the social and ethical responsibilities of designers and engineers and the importance of managing finite resources with care.

Department Aims

  • To establish a safe learning environment which is conducive to learning, is stimulating, imaginative and relaxed where students feel supported and secure.

  • To link to many different curriculum areas in order to develop a set of transferable skills they can enjoy in school and use in their future working lives.

  • To enable students to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding, in order to design, make, analyse and evaluate products of high quality.

  • To value the work of all students, using assessment as a means to monitor student progress, provide information in relation to attainment on a national scale and to form a basis for individual action plans.




D & T students study product design and food tech. Students stay with the same teacher all year. 

Year 7 

  • Baseline project – students design and make a hand held ball bearing game. 

  • Product design - Students design a product made from plastic that involves technical knowledge and understanding of the material. 

  • Electronics/CAD - Students develop basic electronic knowledge & skills and use to CAD skills to develop a product to house their electronics project.  

Year 8 

  • Product design – students work as part of a team on a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style project. 

  • Product design – students design and make a pewter body adornment product.  

  • Food – Students develop basic food preparation and knife skills, and through their interaction with ingredients learn about healthy eating. 



The current GCSE course follows the Edexcel syllabus – product design.

Within Product Design, students will learn about: 

  • Health and safety 

  • Tools and equipment – names and safe use 

  • Materials – woods, metals, plastics and smart materials 

  • Joining methods 

  • Finishes and adhesives 

  • Sustainability 

  • CAD/CAM and ICT 

  • The use of maths within D&T 

Year 9 and 10– will follow the new 2017 syllabus 

  • Product Design – students design and make an electronic speaker.  

  • CAD - Students extend their computer aided design skills through developing their knowledge of Google sketch up. 

  • Evaluating their own designs. 

  • Series of mini-projects designed to further their making skills. 

Year 11 – currently following the legacy syllabus 

  • Students complete a series of mini-projects to gain experience in different materials. 

  • There are formal theory lessons which include maths. 

  • Coursework will be started in term three. 


 Key Stage 5 

The current A level course follows the Edexcel syllabus – product design. 

This course is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding learned during a GCSE Design Technology course. Students will enjoy designing and manufacturing products using a range of materials, combining traditional skills, ICT and CAD/CAM. The Product Design course focuses on the areas of industrial design, engineering, manufacture and product design. 







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