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The Adeyfield Academy


Design and Technology is all around us in our modern world. Learning about Design and Technology helps our students understand the world in which they are living, and actively engage in it. It helps them know where we have been and develop where we are going.

The Design and Technology curriculum at The Adeyfield Academy consists of a range of creative, imaginative and innovative experiences of designing and practical based activities. Using a range of materials from three main areas: Resistant materials, Textiles and Food.

The curriculum is designed to give all students the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge to engage positively with materials, components, products, and technologies in the world around them. Through these types of activities students are actively contributing to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves and their community.

At The Adeyfield Academy, our experienced and passionate Design and Technology staff provide a safe environment in which students can be innovative, take risks, become more resourceful, be enterprising and develop as capable learners being able to learn a range of new skills and to learn if they fail, turning failure into success. We strive to develop students’ strength of character to know that they can learn from their mistakes and create a better product in the future through practising and developing the skills and knowledge that they are experiencing across the material areas.

Design and Technology education makes a unique and valuable contribution to the education and preparation for students’ future lives for work and or leisure. Teachers aim to ensure that our students achieve the best possible experiences in Design and Technology, to become lifelong learners sharing the same joy of the subject that their teachers have.

Design & Technology Intent

  • The aims of the Design and Technology department are to prepare students with the skills and knowledge for the world outside the classroom, enabling them to experience life to the full, both in the world of work and leisure for their future.
  • The curriculum is designed to be progressive, so that students can build on the skills and knowledge they learn and master them.
  • The curriculum aims to give all students of whatever ability the opportunity to master these skills and knowledge through a perseverance stickability approach.
  • To develop creative innovative thinkers.
  • To enable students to feel safe and confident in their learning environment to take risks and learn from mistakes.
  • To foster intellectual inquisitiveness about how and why things work the way they do.
  • To understand the history of design and technology developments, to appreciate and respect the past, immerse themselves in the present and design for the future.
  • To support the development of good health and well-being of our students through the studying of nutrition and food.
  • To have a greater understanding of how the real world of design and technology works around them, looking back at the past, seeing the present and looking forward to the future.
  • To enjoy learning in a practical manner having experienced the best possible engaging and challenging lessons which foster and promote interests for later life.
  • To encourage and inspire students who wish to take on further study from selecting this as an option at GCSE, A level, university and the world of work.
  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills to go into adult life both at work and leisure with a sound understanding of practical applications to enhance their lifestyles and the joy of learning.

Key Stage 3

At key stage 3 all students study Design and Technology on a rotation system. They will study 12 weeks in each of the 3 areas of Food, Resistant Materials and Textiles. Students will develop the practical skills they need to be able to produce a wide range of products. In addition to the practical skills, students are taught key knowledge and skills, with strong links to other STEM subjects. Numeracy and literacy play a key part in the delivery of the Design and Technology curriculum. The school's character programme, SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural) and health and safety are embedded across the whole of the KS3 curriculum.

In each year there is a wide range of materials and equipment used and the scheme of work is progressive, so that students are then stretched and challenged with the skills they learnt in the previous year in addition to learning more advanced skills and techniques in the current year. The scheme of learning progresses from making items for themselves onto making items for others and then specific clients and groups in society.

Year 7 Resistant Materials
Basic Skills and Core knowledge

Design Movements & Clocks

Year 8 Resistant Materials
Intermediate Skills & Knowledge

Sustainability & Storage Unit  

Year 9 Resistant Materials
Higher Skills & Knowledge

Lighting &


Key Stage 4

At the end of KS3 Year 9 students can select to take an option in Design Technology for KS4. They can select from the following options:

Design & Technology (Resistant Materials or Textiles) Edexcel 1DT0

Component 1 (*Paper code: 1DT0/1F OR B) 

 Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 50% of the qualification 100 marks                

 Core content & Timbers OR Textiles

Section A: Core This section is 40 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 10 marks of calculation questions in Section A.

Section B: Material categories This section is 60 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 5 marks of calculation questions.

Component 2 (Paper code: 1DT0/02)          

Non-examined assessment 50% of the qualification 100 marks


Students will undertake a project based on a contextual challenge released by us a year before certification. This will be released on 1st June and will be available on our website. The project will test students’ skills in investigating, designing, making and evaluating a prototype of a product. The Task will be internally assessed and externally moderated.                                              

 There are four parts to the assessment:

  1. Investigate This includes investigation of needs and research, and a product specification (16 marks)
  2. Design This includes producing different design ideas, review of initial ideas, development of design ideas into a chosen design, communication of design ideas and review of the chosen design (42 Marks)
  3. Make This includes manufacture, and quality and accuracy (36 Marks)
  4.  Evaluate This includes testing and evaluation  (6 marks)

Hospitality & Catering WJEC 5569QA

Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry


Externally assessed

(onscreen assessment & written assessment)

90 minutes

90 marks

Students apply their learning by considering all aspects of the vocational sector. They should acquire knowledge of all aspects of the industry and be able to propose new hospitality and catering provision for specific locations. Students will be able to use their learning of different types of establishment and job roles to determine the best option. They will then apply their learning in relation to front of house and kitchen operations to determine how the proposed hospitality and catering provision will operate efficiently, legally and financially viably whilst meeting the needs of their potential market. This unit provides a broad introduction to the vocational sector in a way that is purposeful and develops a range of transferable skills.

Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in Action


Internally assessed


Students apply their learning to safely prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes. They will draw on their learning of different types of provision and kitchen and front of house operations in Unit 1, as well as personal safety in their preparations. The content is relevant not only to employees within food production, but also those with a responsibility for food safety in the industry, nutritionists and managers and owners. This extends the learner's appreciation of the whole vocational area beyond the kitchen environment.



Exam Board: Edexcel

Design Technology is excellent for students that prefer learning in a practical way to achieve their full potential. It is ideal for those that enjoy a challenge, working with others and have an interest in designing as well as making. The theory of the course is taught in as practical a way as possible. Students are encouraged to learn at their own speed and in their own way, through asking questions, group work and class discussions.

Course Content:

On this course students will work with several different materials including wood, metal, plastics, and fabric in order to devise creative solutions for a brief. They will complete a number of small projects in order to develop their design and making skills. . Students will be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. They will be given the opportunity to make product(s) using graphic media and new technologies to prepare for the world of work.

Throughout their projects, students will complete folder work which will build up a portfolio of skills and will be followed by an extended project in which they will design and make a product.  In their final project, students will specialise in a particular area. Theory is taught through both traditional classroom activities and practical-based learning which are teacher and pupil led. Homework is set weekly (which can be doing an extra time in the workshop). Students have access to regular after school sessions if they wish to do extra work or catch up.  

Mode of Assessment:

The practical section of the course makes up 50% of the final grade and is one extended project. The written exam is made up of a section covering all aspects of technology core theory and in the second section students choose one question on their chosen specialism.

BTEC Award in Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles)

Course Content:

There are a number of different units that would appeal to the creative sides of students including:

  • Investigating art and design practice in order to generate and communicate art and design ideas.
  • Developing practical skills through application and review whilst recording and communicating the skills developed
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a client needs, develop, produce and present a response to a client brief

Mode of Assessment:

The course is assessed through two internally marked projects taking the form of a fashion and textile sketchbook produced by the learner. This gives student the opportunity to investigate different fashion and textiles techniques and skills in lots of depth and creating their own outcomes. The third unit is an exam style unit where the learner will be given a client brief that they will be required to answer through art and design style research in the form of fashion and textiles. They will be expected to independently research the brief and communicate their process through to the production of a product and the formal evaluation of their journey.

Why Study this Course?

The skills developed through an education in art and design are integral to many roles within the creative sector, which is a collection of exciting and vibrant industries including the fashion industry, textile production and interior design. Collectively the creative industries contributed £4.1 billion to the UK economy in 2015, outpacing the overall growth of the economy by 2.5 per cent.




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Miss Sam Rogers, School Business Manager

Hemel Hempstead

(01442) 406020