The Design and Technology Department at Gaynes School encompasses a range of media and processes within Design and Technology, including Product Design, Graphic Products, Textiles and Food and Nutrition.

The aim of The Design and Technology department is to offer students the opportunity to explore the subject content through a variety of creative and practical activities which promote innovation, creativity and problem solving. Students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing, making and evaluating.

Our students will complete a range of projects that focuses on generating and developing design ideas, mechanisms, structures, electronics and computer aided design and manufacture. These skills are promoted alongside the more traditional skills of realisation in wood and plastic.

We have updated the subject content at KS3 for Food Preparation and Nutrition in line with the new National Curriculum. This involves more exploration of food and nutrition, linked to a range of healthy recipes. There is an approximate 80% savoury to 20% sweet split. Students study a range of topics, including the Eat Well Guide, the 5 main nutrients, energy balance, nutrition through the stages of life and more.

Our aim within Food and nutrition is to equip our students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about their own food choices in order to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and in later life. With a wide range of practical food lessons across KS3, the subject allows students the opportunity to experience foods that they may not have come across or tried outside of school.

Head of Department – Miss H Lloyd

Outside the Classroom

We have proposed school trips in place for the next academic year to broaden our student’s knowledge and experiences of design. They are:

  • Design Museum
  • V&A
  • Jimmy’s Farm