Design Technology – Year 7

Module 1


10 weeks

This is a project designed to introduce students to all areas of Technology.

Students will spend three weeks in Resistant Materials and Textiles; two weeks in Graphics; one week in Food Technology and for evaluating and bring the three products together.

  • In Textiles Students will be learning how to use a sewing machine. They will make a small bag which will hold the box and keying that they will make in other areas.
  • In Resistant Materials the students will be designing and making a keying out of acrylic. Students will be learning how to use a various tools and equipment.
  • In Graphics the students will be learning about different fonts and shading. They will design and make a box to put their keying in.

Students will spend a single and a double in Food as an introduction to the Food Room. In the single they will create a food profile which will include their likes and dislikes, food allergies/intolerances and how religion affects food choices. In the double lesson they will learn to use the hob, oven and some basic equipment to make a toasted sandwich. There will be a focus on personal hygiene and safe working practices.

Module 2


During the Y7 Alien Textiles project students will:

  • To learn basic skills in hand and machine sewing techniques as well as health and safety when using them.
  • To learn the decorative technique Appliqué by creating an alien face.
  • To learn basic pattern making.
  • To construct a soft toy made from recycled fabrics in an Alien theme.
  • To learn about sustainable issues in Textiles.

Module 3

Resistant Materials

Students design and make a mobile phone stand.

In doing so they work with man-made boards (MDF) using hand and machine tools in the workshop. They learn safety procedures to use these.

Other parts of the phone stand are made from metal so students learn to cut, shape, braze and powder coat the metal. They use a variety of equipment to do this including using the forge in our heat treatment room.

Finally students use 2D design (CAD software) to produce a design for the acrylic top section – this is then cut out and etched using the laser cutter.

During this project students undertake some design and theory work including 3 homework tasks.

Module 4


Students spend an introductory two weeks learning the fundamentals of personal hygiene and safety when working with food. They will be taught how to use a range of specialist equipment safely and increasingly with accuracy and precision. There is a focus on The Eat well Plate and the fruit and vegetable section of this. They will design, carry out and analyse their own questionnaire. Towards the end of the rotation students will be assessed on their ability to plan and make a balanced meal. There are 4 differentiated homework tasks to complete independently.