Creative Technologies

Creative Technologies at Derby Cathedral School is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. We provide students with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own designs, products and works of art. Through working creatively and applying their technical knowledge, we prepare students to contribute confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students learn how to take risks and solve problems becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Our key stage 3 curriculum is planned to build upon the foundations developed at key stage 2, the curriculum is designed to be ambitious but accessible for all to raise students’ aspirations.

Our design and technology curriculum is delivered as a rotation in key stage 3 with all students studying resistant materials, graphics and food preparation and nutrition. Alongside this students will also have a weekly art lesson. It is important that students transfer knowledge and skills across these materials areas to develop their creativity and tenacity.

Throughout key stage 3 students are regularly required to recall prior knowledge, we have an equal emphasis on acquiring knowledge and developing practical skills, this enables us to check understanding and help students to remember more. Progress is demonstrated through practical outcomes and the understanding of characteristics and properties of different materials, equipment and ingredients. This deepens students learning and allows them to remember learning for longer.

Our position in Derby city is a great advantage to our subject, as a city of innovation we are provided with real life contexts and cutting edge technologies on our door step. These opportunities inspire our students to design for the future and solve real life problems for real people which in turn develops our fellowship values.  Our curriculum is enriched with opportunities to collaborate with many local companies and take part in visits to Derby museum which will provide inspiration for art and design projects.

Developing our students’ literacy and numeracy skills underpins many areas of our curriculum, these skills are developed through reading current news articles, interpreting recipes, reading as a group, measuring/ weighing and working out ratios to name but a few. We value the power of talk in the classroom environment to develop speaking, reading and listening skills.

Art and Design

Art and Design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We develop cultural literacy in student to enjoy art galleries, identify different techniques and media used in well-known works of art and recognise cultural reference points throughout history. By the end of key stage 3 students will have increased proficiency in drawing, painting, sculptures and clay work. Students will learn to evaluate their own work, work of peers and work of artists with integrity to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work. Throughout the course of studying art and design, students will be exposed to the art in Derby Cathedral and use this to inform and inspire their own ideas.

Design and Technology

Through looking at past, present and future design and technology, students develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. The DT curriculum is based around a series of projects, students work through the full design, make and evaluate process using a wide variety of materials and to fit a range of real- life briefs. Students will be aware of wider influences including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Making mistakes is inevitable as we test, refine and develop products, students quickly learn that DT is a safe environment to experiment with ideas and strengthen humility.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Food is a vital part of our daily lives and is essential for life. Our objective is to nurture students’ practical cookery skills to give them a robust understanding of nutrition and to be able to cook for themselves and others. The majority of dishes made are savoury, it is important that students learn how to make healthy choices for life. Students will understand the economic, environmental, ethical, religious and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes and diet and health choices. Dishes made at DCS will contribute towards many religious and spiritual events including Christmas and Easter cookery.

Engineering Design

Through research and practical activities, students understand how market requirements and opportunities inform client briefs and use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas. Engineering design also encourages them to consult with a client and, with its practical focus, engages students in producing, testing and evaluating a prototype in the form of a model.

 Health and Social Care

Health and social care provides students with a hands- on taste of the sector and the skills and confidence to take their next steps working in this field. Students explore the human lifespan development, develop their understanding of health and social care services and values and apply their learning to create a health and wellbeing plan for an individual.

Creative Technologies Curriculum Plans


Miss C Radford Head of Creative Technologies
Mrs A Gibson Second in Department - Teacher of Art
Mrs J Young Teacher of DT & Cathedral Link Teacher
Miss M Foulkes Teacher of DT
Mrs K Borroff DT Technician
Mrs S Kamran DT Technician
Mrs C Floyd DT Technician



In Creative Technologies, homework is set on a fortnightly basis. The majority of our homework is set using knowledge organisers to aid learning that happens in the classroom. Occasionally students will be set larger art projects that will span over several weeks.

Practical skills learnt in the classroom will be consolidated and expanded upon at home by the use of knowledge organisers.


In resistant materials, graphics and food technology students will be assessed in three different areas: making, technical knowledge and recall. It is important that equal emphasis is put on practical work and theory knowledge.  Students will have one summative assessment in each design and technology rotation and receive regular formative feedback throughout the year, this is in the form of verbal feedback, self and peer assessments and a RAG self-reflection.

In art students are assessed in three different areas: planning and intent, use of media and analysis and evaluation.  Students complete Start Now tasks at the beginning of each lesson, these are then self-assessed and inform areas of study for the next lesson. Students complete one summative assessment per unit of work and receive verbal feedback on their art work regularly.

Study skills & Revision

Students are encouraged to study both practical and theory skills at home. All students have knowledge organisers to support theoretical knowledge and we also recommend accessing the following websites:

Year 7 Knowledge organisers

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Year 8 Knowledge organisers

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Year 9 Knowledge organisers

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KS4 subject specifications:

During Key Stage 3 your child will work to design and make products using a range of materials including electronics, food, metal, paper, acrylic and wood. Students will also develop a knowledge and understanding of structures, systems and control and manufacture. We hope that they will enjoy the projects offered.

In order to provide your child with high quality materials we therefore request a voluntary contribution of £10 per pupil towards the costs of materials. It means that your child can take home everything that they make during the year.

Students will be provided with all the necessary specialist equipment for all areas of the creative technologies curriculum. We just ask students to bring a plastic container to each food practical lesson to take their baked goods home.