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Curriculum Rationale: Design and Technology

Our design and technology curriculum aims to help pupils use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve problems within a variety of contexts. Pupils will learn how to design products that consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Pupils will see how design and technology draws on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Our curriculum will help pupils evaluate past and present design and technology and develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

We aim to ensure that all our pupils who are disadvantaged or have any special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have access to a carefully planned curriculum. Our curriculum aims to provide pupils with SEND with explicit systematic teaching and rehearsal of knowledge. We also ensure that these pupils have the time they need to study important subject content in design and technology.

Curriculum Intent: Design and Technology

The King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool design and technology curriculum has been developed to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 in order 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 

  •  understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


Year 7 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 8 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 9 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 10 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 11 curriculum overview [click here]


For each curriculum overview, additional documentation is available upon request. This documentation outlines more precisely the exact subject knowledge that your child must know and remember. These documents also include the types of teaching activities that subject staff have chosen to help your son/daughter learn the curriculum here at King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool.


In order to check of how well our pupils are learning the curriculum, teachers use a full range of assessment techniques. This includes diagnostic questions to reveal your child’s preconceptions and common misunderstandings in design and technology questioning and end of topic/learning cycle assessments.