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Design Technology

Year 9 Design Technology

Design Technology at Thorpe House School incorporates aspects of Systems and control, Resistant materials, Graphics and Textiles. Within all these areas of study we also have links to physics, science, maths and ICT.  The aim of lessons in Years 5 to 8 is to provide a broad and balanced overview of the subject through a mixture of practical and theoretical tasks, as well as prepare pupils in order to make an informed choice about opting for Design Technology in year 9.

Pupils will start their GCSE study in year 9 and continue till year11. The focus will be on acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to complete the AQA 8552 Design technology qualification.


The subject is taught by the Head of Design Technology in the school’s DT Workshop. Each pupil has access to the equipment such as a selection of machine tools as well as hand tools within their practical lessons.  They are also provided with access to laptops that allow access the various software used within the DT curriculum that assists in various design tasks as well as programming of integrated circuits.

Autumn Term

New/Emerging tech

Industry and enterprise
Six Rs
Ecological/social footprint
People culture/society
Energy generation
Energy storage

Practical project using recycled item

Spring Term

Specialist technical Principles

Scales of Production                                            
Improving Functionality
Papers and Boards
Natural Timbers                                                    
Metals and Alloys
Systems approach to Design

Systems and Control:

Working with Components
Programmable Picaxe project
Quality control

Summer Term

Designing Principles

Primary/secondary data
Proto-type design and manufacture
Work of others, using work of others as basis
Design strategies
(Designer, design company or design Communication of design ideasmovement.)
Prototype developing
Textiles based materials
Working with textiles
Sources, origins, properties
Commercial manufacturing