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Design & Technology

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Airedale Academy's Design & Technology

Curriculum Intent Statement

As a member of Northern Ambition Academies Trust, we ensure that our curriculum is ambitious, rich in skills and knowledge, develops independent learning, promotes diversity, curiosity and tolerance of other cultures alongside incorporating the Trust’s values of Ambition, Bravery and Respect.

We believe Design and Technology helps us to understand and give meaning to the world in which we live. We aim to make our students think about the world we are living in and the materials and products we use and rely on.

We aim to provide students with an all-round experience that is exciting and ensures that our students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking. 

At the centre of our subject is practical skill, independence, creativity and imagination. 

Airedale Academy's Design & Technology curriculum intent:

·        Students will use creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values,

·        Students will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art,  

·        Students will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens,

·        Students will evaluate past and present designs and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world,

·        Students will produce high quality products,

·        Students will have an awareness of how Design and Technology makes an essential contribution to the real world.



·        Students have 1hour per week in rotation with Food and Nutrition, this results in 2 Terms of study per year at KS3,

·        Students access the KS3 National Curriculum for Design and Technology in Years 7 to 9 to progress to the OCR Cambridge National in Engineering Design qualification at KS4,

·        Students complete a range of Design, Manufacture and Analysis (DMA) projects

·        Students practice how to communicate design effectively using a range of 2D and 3D drawing techniques including Computer Aided Design (CAD),

·        Students work with a range of materials and systems selected for their working properties,

·        Students manufacture products using a range of tools and equipment including Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM),

·        Students analyse, evaluate designs including the use of research,

·        Students use a range of Technical language, tier 3 vocabulary, targeted for assessment,

·        Students are assessed on Practical Skill, Independence, Communication of Design, Analysis, Evaluation and their comprehension and use of Technical language.



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

·        Students will design and make high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users,

·        Students will have used materials and systems that include timber, metals, polymers, paper and board, mechanisms and electronics,

·        Students will critique and evaluate their ideas and products as well as the work of others,

·        Students are prepared for post 16 learning or routes into local employers in manufacturing or trade based employment,

·        Students are able to make a positive contribution to modern creative industries.