Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

017683 71693

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

Year 7 Design & Technology and Food Preparation & Nutrition

Design & Technology is a broad term used to describe a wide range of subjects.  At KSGS pupils experience, food, resistant materials, Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacture and graphics.

The subject of design and technology enables pupils to develop a wide range of skills. These skills include problem solving, creativity, independent learning, innovation, presentation, ICT and making skills.  All these skills are an excellent preparation for the world of work and further study.

The experiences, which the subject gives to students, are unique and allow the students to apply their knowledge qualities and skills in problem solving and evaluation. Students are encouraged to use Knowledge gained throughout the schools’ curriculum.

Year 7 Curriculum

Product Design

Curriculum areas covered during this year are:

  • Basic Health and Safety for workshop practice
  • Polymer shaping, using heat
  • Timber project using hand tools and power tools
  • Basic CAD & CAM will also be taught in the first term

Food Technology

During the food course students will learn and develop new skills and qualities through these curriculum areas:

  • Basic methods of cooking skills such as bread, pastry and cake methods
  • Diet and Nutrition/Eat well plate and government guidelines
  • Hygiene and Safety
  • Weighing and Measuring
  • Environmental awareness

Within each Key stage area students will extend their existing knowledge through challenging new projects.

D &T Assessment

All students are assessed through a variety of assessment procedures and given a grade 1 to 9 in line with the new GCSE assessment grades. Assessments are made after each project is completed.

Assessment procedures are:

  • Work completed in booklets through a Design, Make and Evaluating criteria
  • Practical Outcomes are assessed to GCSE standards

For more information please go the DATA (Design & Technology Association) website at or contact Mr Kevin Gough.