Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

017683 71693

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

Year 9 Design & Technology and Food Preparation & Nutrition

Design & Technology is a broad term used to describe a wide range of subjects.  At KSGS pupils experience, electronics, 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 informative information gained throughout the schools’ curriculum.

Year 9 Curriculum

Product Design

Projects include:

  • Working with polymers and timber.
  • Problem solving.
  • Manufacturing and launching a real model rocket.
  • CAD & CAM design.


Food Technology

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

  • Advanced cooking skills.
  • Diet and nutrition for specific groups.
  • Investigating food science.
  • Plan and prepare a 3 course meal for a specific group cuisine.
  • Hygiene and Safety Award
  • 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 key stage grade using the National Curriculum levels. Assessments are made after each project is completed.

Assessment procedures are:

  • Work completed in booklets through a Design. Make and evaluate criteria
  • Practical Outcomes are assessed to GCSE standards using the new 1 to 9

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