Key Stage 3

At key stage 3 we offer 6 different materials based experiences:


Metal and plastic



Food technology

Graphics (Computer Aided design)

At crown Hills we offer one of the most varied and all encompassing DT curriculums of any inner city school.

While other schools are side lining technology and reducing the number of lessons or the range of experiences offered, Crown Hills is continuing to improve and develop its allocation for the subject.

STEM is the big buzz word at the moment both in industry and in schools.

Crown Hills has a STEM zone were maths, science and DT work together to prepare students for further studies and careers in this exciting and rapidly developing industry.

Our vision for Design Technology is the contextual application of maths and science linked with problem solving, creativity and practical skills that are at the core of the DT curriculum.

We are pushing this through our STEM projects which are planned and delivered by teaching "teams" involving staff from Maths, science and Design Technology.

Students begin Y7 in Design Technology with a 6 week key skills program to develop the core design skills needed for success in each material area (the program is currently being updated to include practical key skills and independent and enquiry learning skills).

They then rotate through 3 of the 6 material areas completing an extended design and manufacture project in each area (10 weeks in length).

Students now experience one shorter 7 week project so that they can take part in a STEM enquiry project.

This is then repeated in Y8 with anther more advanced key skills program plus projects in the 3 remaining areas and participation in another STEM project.

Pupils the complete 6 shorter 6 week projects in Y9.

These focus on key skills for GCSE coursework and in some cases producing material that could be included in a GCSE coursework project should the pupil opt to continue with DT at KS4.

One aim of the shorter rotations is to allow pupils to re visit all of the different material areas before they make their GCSE option choices for KS4

All projects follow the design process and complete a linear journey through:

Project brief

Research tasks

Developing a simple specification.

Creating a range of design ideas that follow the specification.

Evaluating the ideas with feedback from potential customers.

Developing and improving the idea.

Modeling the idea using light materials (where appropriate)

Producing a final version of the idea.

Final testing and evaluation.

Each of these areas involves developing and practicing key skills before producing the assessed piece of work.

KS4 GCSE courses

OCR Product Design

This is the generic course we use for students taking our Graphics, electronics and resistant material full course GCSE's ( Current teachers: J. Hallett, S. Duis, P. Newbold, S. Henry and R. Hill)

OCR Food Technology (Current teacher: K. Muttock)

Click here for the OCR Web Site

AQA Textiles (Current teachers: S. Duis and M. Panting)

Click here for the AQA Web Site

KS4 Btec courses

Level 1 Construction (Current teacher: B. Parra)

Click here for the EDEXEL Web Site

In our GCSE courses we spend the first two terms of Y10 concentration on a design portfolio or folder for their coursework project.

Course work is worth 60% of the total GCSE grade and the portfolio is worth approximately half of this ( I.e 30% of total GCSE).

The first term will focus on activities such as:

Development of a brief or problem to solve through the project.

Product analysis based research focusing on similar products or solutions.

Customer or client based research using surveys and interviews.

Formulation of a product specification.

The second term will focus on activities such as:

Initial designs (sketching and annotation)


Development of ideas leading to a final concept (often using C.A.D packages like Photoshop or Google sketch up).

The third term in Y10 and the first term and a half of Y11 will focus on practical skills and the manufacturing or modelling of a product in the workshop, followed by testing.

The final term and a half of Y11 will focus on revision for terminal exams.

OCR qualifications have 2 exam units AQA have one longer exam.

Our BTEC Construction course is based mainly on developing practical skills within certain areas of Construction.

There are 2 written units and 4 practical units.

All units have a booklet that must be completed and most have a practical activity to support it .

Although this course is not the equivalent of a GCSE it will offer a good basic grounding for anyone who is considering pursuing a career in Constuction and prefers practical based activities.

The main practical activities we will be doing are:

Carpentry and Joinery

Painting and decorating


Trowel operations

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