Design & Technology

The Design and Technology department at Longfield Academy are committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all which provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for students. One which allows students to work independently and as part of a team. We aim to ensure that learners develop technical and practical competencies as well as the wider skills valued by employers. Our main priority is for students to be problem solvers, who are not afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students will become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The department firmly believes that students learn best by ‘doing’ and by allowing them to experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment. This is achieved through imaginative teaching that embraces new technologies and resembles modern industrial processes, whilst retaining the best of traditional practices. At the heart of this, is the desire to deliver a curriculum in which students produce high quality outcomes. Students must learn about the social and ethical responsibilities of designers and engineers and the importance of managing finite resources with care.

The department, along with Engineering, have close links both to Cummins and additional employers through various STEM projects.

Year 7

Year 8

Half Term 1

Half Term 1.2

Half Term 2

Half Term 2.2

Half Term 3

Half Term 3.2

Design In The Style Of- 

Making In The Style Of/CAD

Design In The Style Of- 
Making In The Style Of/Evaluation

Design For A User
Making For A User/Production Planning

Design For A User
Making For A User/Evaluation

Year 9

Half Term 1

Half Term 1.2

Half Term 2

Half Term 2.2

Half Term 3

Half Term 3.2

NEA Style Project-
Modelling/Project Planning

NEA Style Project-Making/Evaluation

Electronics

Mechanical Systems - Movement And Force

Year 10

Half Term 1

Half Term 1.2

Half Term 2

Half Term 2.2

Half Term 3

Half Term 3.2

Exam preparation -  Theory- Materials

Technical skills – storage box

Exam preparation -  Theory – Making Principles

Technical Skills – storage box

Health and safety checklist

Exam preparation -  Theory – New and Emerging Technologies.

NEA Style project / Designing for a user.

Design ideas/ development/ making

Exam preparation -  Theory – Design Principles.

NEA Style project / Designing for a user.

Design ideas/ development/ making

Exam preparation -  Theory – Energy, materials, systems and devices.

NEA Style project:

Designing for a user.

Making/ production planning/ evaluation

Exam preparation -  Theory – Common specialist technical principles.

GCSE NEA beginning:

Research / Brief and specification

Year 11

Half Term 1

Half Term 1.2

Half Term 2

Half Term 2.2

Half Term 3

Half Term 3.2

GCSE NEA:

Design ideas / development

GCSE NEA:

Design ideas / development /Mock revision

GCSE NEA:

Modelling / development / Manufacture

GCSE NEA:

Manufacture / Evaluation / Revision

Revision