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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.


Head of Department Mrs A Sargent

Design Technology students at Moorside High School will be using an iterative design approach to widen their understanding of a variety of materials and manufacturing processes through a series of design and make projects. They will develop an awareness of the current social and environmental impacts that Design Technology has during the entire product lifecycle.

This means they will learn about types, sources and properties of a variety of materials, which is carried out via application. Students will learn a range of processes used to manufacture products as scale models or working prototypes, applying investigation strategies to inform the development of their designs. Innovative design strategies will be adopted to ensure their product is fit for purpose. This will develop analytical and evaluative skills and be promote confidence to self-reflect, which leads to further exploration of ideas. This supports understanding how to identify and fulfil client needs to ensure a successful and marketable product. The students will have a grounding in the specialised technical tools, processes and techniques needed to fully achieve in their chosen fields in KS4. They will also explore design concepts throughout all years, enhancing problem solving abilities through critical thinking and various other approaches.

Within the Design and Technology rotation, students will study Cooking and Nutrition which will equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. Food is a vital part of our daily lives and is essential for life. As our students become adults and have busy lives, it is easy to choose food, which has been ready, prepared. However, it is more nutritious and often cheaper to cook simple, delicious food. At Moorside High School, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of nutrition, healthy eating, food preparation, hygiene, cooking techniques, and sensory characteristics.  Our curriculum will encourage students to cook and enable them to make informed decisions about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as develop vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life. Students will develop basic culinary skills as well as a basic understanding of nutrition and healthy eating principles so that they can build confidence when working in the kitchen to design, prepare and make a range of well-balanced food products using basic catering equipment in a safe and hygienic way. All students will be given opportunities at KS3 to develop the key skills and principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition highlighted in SOW, enabling them to think, communicate and innovate like a designer and instilling the imperative knowledge and skills to enable them to access and thrive in the KS4 curriculum and beyond.

Each school year is structured in a carousel approach, whereby all students will be taught by specialised teachers who fully understand the requirements of their field and will teach and differentiate in a way that is best suited to each individual learner. All KS3 students are provided with a 2 lessons of  DT weekly. Through the KS3 curriculum students develop skills in all areas of the design process. It is a subject that is inspiring, rigorous and practical preparing all young people to value the world they live and work in, one that considers sustainable designing a making. They are taught to consider real problems and how the iterative design process can help them in analysing, researching, designing, modelling, developing and evaluating possible solutions to problems – whilst also developing independent learning as well as group work. Throughout KS3, students will be challenged with a range of designing and making tasks that use a variety of techniques, materials and processes, as well as a range of materials, tools and equipment including CAD and CAM. In addition to this, DT students are given frequent opportunities to discuss wider issues, such as technological development, sustainability and responsibilities of designers and manufacturers.

Design Technology is a subject that we believe is a life skill – relevant to whatever the students do later in life. The carousel consists of Cooking and nutrition; Graphic design; Textiles; Engineering and Product Design. This breadth of subjects will enable all students to enjoy every opportunity that Moorside High has to offer, allowing them to learn beneficial life skills and to be fully informed of their future academic choices.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

Over the course of the year pupils will rotate across the different areas of Design & Technology to complete the following projects:

  • Food & Nutrition - Please click here for the student ingredients list
  • Engineering – Fidget Spinner Project
  • Graphic Design – Cultural Confectionary Box Project
  • Product Design – Shoe Keyring Project
  • Textiles – Juggling Pyramid Project
  • Healthy Lifestyle

Year 8

Over the course of the year pupils will rotate across the different areas of Design & Technology to complete the following projects:

Year 9

Over the course of the year pupils will rotate across the different areas of Design & Technology to complete the following projects:

  • Food & Nutrition - Please click here for the student ingredients list
  • Engineering – Ditch the Dirt Project
  • Graphic Design – Movie Promotion Project
  • Product Design – Upcycled Lamp Project
  • Textiles – Multifunctional Cycle Safety Armband Project

Year 10

Design & Technology

  • Autumn Term 1 - new and emerging technologies, energy generation and storage, developments in new materials, specialist tools and equipment
  • Autumn Term 2 - systems approach to designing, mechanical devices, materials and their working properties
  • Spring Term 1 - selection of materials or components, forces and stresses, ecological and social footprint, specialist techniques and processes
  • Spring Term 2 - sources and origins, using and working with materials, stock forms, types and sizes, scales of production, specialist techniques and processes, surface treatments and finishes.
  • Summer Term 1 - Designing and making principles in relation to the following areas: investigation, primary and secondary data, environmental, social and economic challenge, the work of others, design strategies, communication of design ideas
  • Summer Term 2 - prototype development, selection of materials and components, tolerances, material management, specialist tools and equipment, specialist techniques and processes


  • Autumn Term 1 - LO1 The design cycle, Identifying design needs, Information informing the design brief. The relationship between design brief and specification, The design phase.
  • Autumn Term 2 – LO1 The optimise phase, The validate phase. LO2 User needs, Product safety, Product requirements.
  • Spring Term 1 – LO2 Product requirements, Manufacturing considerations: scales of production, Durability, resilience.
  • Spring Term 2 - LO2 Manufacturing considerations: standard and premanufactured components, Manufacturing considerations: DFMA, Manufacturing considerations: disassembly, Production costs, Regulations and Safeguards.
  • Summer Term 1 –LO3 Market Pull/Technological Push, Cultural and fashion trends, Legislative design requirements/ signs and symbols, Iconic design, Life Cycle Analysis.
  • Summer Term 2 –LO3 Sustainability, End of Life, Environmental Pressures, New and emerging materials, New and emerging technologies.  

Graphic Design

  • Autumn Term 1 - Unit 1: Introduction to graphic design - Colour & Line
  • Autumn Term 2 - Unit 1: Introduction to graphic design - Typography & Tone
  • Spring Term 1 – Unit 1: Introduction to graphic design - Imagery & Composition
  • Spring Term 2 - Unit 2: Graphic design practice - A01: Understand the work of recognised graphic designers
  • Summer Term 1 - Unit 2: Graphic design practice - A02: Produce a graphic design inspired by the work of a chosen graphic designer
  • Summer Term 2 - Unit 2: Graphic design practice - A03: Review their graphic design

Health & Social Care

  • Autumn Term  - Component 1 - Human Lifespan Development
  • Spring Term - Component 1 - Human Lifespan Development
  • Summer Term - Component 2 - Health & Social Care Services & Values

Hospitality & Catering

  • Autumn Term 1 – Unit 1 - LO4: Know how food can cause ill health
  • Autumn Term 2 – Unit 1 - L01: Understand the environment in which hospitality and catering providers operate
  • Spring Term 1 – Unit 1 - L03: Understand how hospitality and catering provision meets health and safety requirements.
  • Spring Term 2 – Unit 1 - L02: Understand how hospitality and catering provision operates.
  • Summer Term 1 – Unit 1 - L05: Be able to propose a hospitality and catering provision to meet specific requirements.
  • Summer Term 2 – Unit 1 - General revision and exam technique

Year 11

Design & Technology

  • Autumn Term 1 – Spring Term 2 – NEA (Non-Exam Assessment) worth 50% of qualification
    • AO1: Identify, investigate and utline design possibilities to address needs and wants.
    • AO2: Design and make prtotypes that are fit for purpose.
    • AO3: Analyse and evaluate: design decisins and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others & wider issues in design and technology.
    • AO4: Demnstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of: technical principles & designing and making principles
  • Summer Term – Exam Revision & Technique

Graphic Design

  • Autumn Term 1 - Unit 3: Responding to a graphic design brief - A01: Understand the requirements of a graphic design brief A02: Produce their final graphic design idea 
  • Autumn Term 2 - Unit 3: Responding to a graphic design brief - A02: Produce their final graphic design idea, A03: Review how they met the brief 
  • Spring Term 1 – Mock Assessment & External Assessment - AO1 Identify graphic design possibilities, AO2 Explore ideas and experiment with graphic design components, AO3 Produce a completed graphic design, AO4 Evaluate graphic design decisions/aspects 
  • Spring Term 2 - Unit 4: Graphic design portfolio - A01: Understand working in the graphic design industry, A02: Produce a graphic design portfolio
  • Summer Term 1 – Unit 4: Graphic design portfolio - A02: Produce a graphic design portfolio, A03: Review their skills as a graphic designer

Health & Social Care

  • Autumn Term - Component 3 - Health and Wellbeing
  • Spring Term - Component 2 - Health & Social Care Services & Values

Hospitality & Catering

  • Autumn Term – Unit 2 - LO1: Understand the importance of nutrition when planning meal, LO2: Understand menu planning
  • Spring Term – Unit 2 - LO3: Be able to cook dishes