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General overview of Design Technology

In Design Technology at Harris Academy Morden, lessons are focussed around providing students the opportunity to engage in an inspiring, rigorous, and practical projects. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. The food lessons are focussed around developing everyday life skills to promote independence within and outside of the classroom. The aim is to heighten awareness of the integral part that food plays in children’s health, well-being and attainment. Lessons are designed to motivate change in behaviour towards food, such as exposure to different types of ingredients and dishes to encourage healthy eating. Students acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as ICT, mathematics, science and art. Students learn how to cook so that they are capable of feeding themselves and others affordably, now and in later life. This knowledge enables students to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, and be enterprising and capable citizens.


Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing of making. In Design Technology, students utilise their knowledge to make connections across other subjects delivered at the school. Students are provided the opportunity to work in industrial contexts through cross-curricular projects delivered in ICT. As part of this project, students understand how mechanical and electronic systems are used in products. Through high level of creative thinking in computing, students are able to generate functioning solutions in Design Technology.


Please see the document below for details of the Intent, Implementation and Impact for  Technology at Harris Academy Morden