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Free Design & Technology KS4 Teaching Resources for Secondary Teachers

GCSE Design & Technology

Pupils at Key Stage 4 will be studying Design & Technology in order to gain a GCSE in the subject. There are various GCSE courses that secondary schools offer in this curriculum area. Examination boards produce specifications that influence the Key Stage 4 Design Technology curriculum that pupils follow.

Pupils will pick a specific course of Design & Technology (such as electronics, textiles, etc…) which they will study in more depth and detail than what they have done in previous key stages.

Pupils may be studying Resistant Materials. This engages pupils in designing and making products using a range of materials and techniques. They work with wood, metals, plastics and other additional materials. Pupils are taught to analyse a task, consider design in light of user needs and undertake appropriate research. They evaluate their work against a product specification that they have created.

Food Technology

Food Technology may be an option offered to Key Stage 4 pupils. They design and make food products. Pupils develop their understanding of food properties. For example: the function of starch, protein, sugar and fat. They consider nutritional value of food. Pupils will analyse products and how they meet specific needs of the consumer. They undertake research and create criteria for their products against which they can evaluate the quality and success.

The Morrisons site would be great to use when explaining the topic of growing food as they provide guides, tips, cards and activities in that area of learning. There is also a range of lesson plans for themed garden ideas (which can tie in with a landscape design D&T course).

Other Courses in this Area

There are also courses that may focus on: Electronic Products, Graphic Products, Systems and Control and Textiles. The ability to evaluate products, carry out research to arrive at design specifications and produce high-quality products to meet these underpin courses. Each course is studied in depth and a form of project will be asked of the pupil to reperesent all that they have learnt and what level of skills that they have.


14 Key Free Teaching Resources

Practical Action

Practical Action

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

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Marks and Spencer

M&S have some great resources for KS4 Design & Technology teachers to use.

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Computer Arts

Computer Arts is a site for Design & Technology sites as it provides tutorials on ICT and creation for teachers and their pupils to use.

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A useful site for anyone studying or teaching Design & Technology or Careers as it provides information on construction.

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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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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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DTOnline provides information on all Design & Technology subjects.

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

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

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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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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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