Product design

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous, and practical subject encouraging students to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At Easington Academy, we encourage students to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Students acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art when designing and making. 

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. Students design and create products, carefully considering their function and purpose, that are relevant to a range of sectors (such as the home, school, leisure, society, enterprise, industry and the wider environment). 

When designing and making, the students are taught to: 

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.  

  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.  

  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.   

Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. 

Curriculum information

Year Group




Year 7 Design Technology

Block Bots

•Design Brief

•Isometric Drawing


•Product Analysis – ACCESSFM

•Practical Workshop Skills

Polymorph Keyring




•Jigs and Templates


•Smart Materials

Year 8  Design  Technology

Desk Tidy

•Isometric Drawing

•One Point Perspective


•Product Analysis - ACCESSFM

•Design Bried & Specification

•Practical Workshop Skills

Steady Hand Game


•3D Printing & Laser Cutting


•Testing and Evaluation

Year 9  Design  Technology

Phone Holder

•Design Brief and Identifying a Client

•Timber Theory

•Practical Skills

•CAD CAM (laser cutter)

•Isometric, exploded and 3rd angle orthographic drawing


Pewter Keyring

•Metals Theory

•Jigs and Templates

•CAD CAM (2D Design and Laser Cutter)

•Polymer Theory



Year Group




Year 10  Design  Technology

New and Emerging Technologies

New and emerging technologies 


•Market pull/Tech push 

•Fashions and trends 

•Automation, FMS, JIT 

•Planned Obsolescence. 


Mechanisms and Systems 



•Gear ratio 

•Programmable components 

Material Properties,  and Environmental Impact




Practical Workshop Skills Speaker Project 

 - Timber Joint Base

Designing and Making Principles


•Primary and Secondary Research

•Product Analysis (ACCESSFM)

•Writing a Design Brief and Specification

•Design Ideas

•Polymer Theory 

•CAD CAM (2D Design & Laser Cutter)

•Card Modelling

•3rd Angle Orthographic Drawing 



•Practical Workshop Skills Speaker Project – CAD CAM Lid

Designing and Making Principles

•Electronics Theory

•Industrial Processes

•Practical Workshop Skills Speaker Project – Speaker Circuit

Live NEA Brief

Year 10 Engineering

Topic Area 1 

•Design Strategies

•Iterative Design Process

•Interpreting a Design Brief


•Product Analysis

•Design Specifications

•Design Ideas

•CAD (Google SketchUp)

•3rd Angle Orthographic Drawing

•Isometric and Exploded Drawing

•3D Modelling

Topic Area 2 

•Design Specification

•Scale of Manufacture

•Manufacturing Processes

•Shaping, Joining, Forming & Finishing

•Production Costs


•Product Analysis

•Product Disassembly

•Components & Materials

•Virtual Modelling

•Production Plan

•Making a Prototype

•Evaluation Against Specification

Topic Area 3

•Engineering Drawings – Oblique, Block Diagrams, Flowcharts, Circuit Diagrams, Isometric, Orthographic. 

•Working Drawings

•CAD Drawings

•Live Brief Announced.


Year Group




Year 11 Design Technology


•Investigating Context

•Primary & Secondary Research

•Producing a Design Brief and Specification 

•Generating Design Ideas 

•3D Modelling


•Developing Design Ideas 

•Making a Prototype 

•Analysing and Evaluating Against Specification 

Exam Preparation 

Year 11 Engineering

Developing and Presenting Engineering Designs

•2D & 3D Sketching

•Oblique, Isometric, Exploded and 3rd Angle Orthographic Drawing

•CAD Drawing (Google Sketch Up)

•Design Development


3D Design Realisation

•3D Modelling

•Making a Prototype


Exam Preparation

I enjoy learning about the different materials available and learning how to design products allows me to be creative.
Year 10 student
It's good because it keeps me interested in my work as we cover a range of topics. Practical lessons are fun and engaging and the designing and drawing aspects allow us to take control of the work we produce
Year 9 student