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Free Design & Technology KS3 Teaching Resources for Secondary Teachers

Design & Technology at KS3

At Key Stage 3, pupils develop practical skills and think creatively in order to design and make products that meet the need of target users.

In designing and making, pupils consider aesthetic, technical and economic concerns. They explore how products have been designed and made in the past and present. Key Stage 3 pupils develop their critical evaluation by analysing existing products to inform their own design ideas. This evaluation incorporates consideration of users, their needs and the context in which products are used.

In each area of Design & Technology that students take part in they are asked to design and make a product that they can analyse and also show the skills that they have learnt. Analysing and evaluation every part of their product will teach students key skill that they can use in their lives in future projects.

The Curriculum

At KS3, the curriculum includes resistant materials, systems and control. Pupils may access the area of food technology or textiles.

The study of resistant materials and textiles includes using a range of techniques, including handcraft and the use of ICT in design. In systems and control, pupils consider practical applications of mechanics, electronics and pneumatics. The study of food in Key Stage 3 includes developing practical skills, techniques and the use of equipment. Pupils learn to plan and cook meals or make a product. They consider safety, hygiene and healthy eating models.

Waitrose helps when teaching the food topic of D&T, Teachers can use this site to educate their pupils on healthy eating, the food industry and there are videos to support classes. This site has a list of recipes that are easy to follow and can be used in a lesson. TV Chefs are featured on Waitrose which may encourage students in the food area. They may be inspired to be like them.


12 Key Free Teaching Resources

Practical Action

Practical Action

Inspiring resources on sustainability, climate change, renewable energy and global learning

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Useful tool for teachers as they can create, save and edit rubrics that can be accessed from just about anywhere.

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BNSC British National Space Centre

BNSC has teachers resources and video clips that educates students about Space.

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Create word clouds in a number of subjects by using Wordle.

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Dyson have created a Telescope Game that can be played on the web or IPhone which is brilliant for Design & Technology and Science students.

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Selection of Free Drawing Lessons covering a range of topics from ABC.

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BSI British Standards

This is a Design & Technology site that can be used with KS1, 2 & 3 students in helping them understand British Standards.

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DTOnline provides information on all Design & Technology subjects.

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Patent Office

Patant Office offers different packs that can be used in Enterprise, Business Studies and Design & Technology for all ages.

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Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is a downloadable piece of software that can be used to construct and design multiple ideas and also can be used in many school subjects.

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Waitrose offers information on how production, the benefits of good food and its importance.

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Morrison’s have lesson plans, tips, guides and more that Primary and Secondary School teachers can access about schools growing their own food.

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