Technology Department Staff

Electronic Products / Materials / Graphic Products / Food Technology

Mr S Hirst- Teacher of Electronic Products and Head of Department
Mrs N Lane - Teacher of Graphic Products
Miss C Pelle - Teacher of Food Technology

Mr T Fitton - Level 3 Teaching Assistant
Mrs C Warburton - Technology Technician

Technology Department Vision:

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. 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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils 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. Design and technology makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Further Information:

To find out more about the curriculum Siddal Moor delivers, please contact the school and ask to speak to the Assistant Headteacher - Curriculum.

Key Stage 3 Technology Curriculum Overview:



Year 7 - Materials and Manufacturing

Wooden desk tidy / phone holder

  • How to accurately mark out using a steel rule, try square and marking gauge.
  • Cutting using tenon, coping and fretsaws.
  • Cutting a groove using a chisel and mallet.
  • Drilling and sanding using a pillar drill and vertical linisher.
  • Joining wood objects using PVA glue.
  • Finishing using glasspaper, varnish, wood stain or beeswax.

Nut and bolt sculpture

  • Cutting mild steel bar using hacksaws.
  • Filing and drilling mild steel bar.
  • Brazing.
  • Plastic dip coating.
  • Using a tap and dye to create a screw thread.
  • Adding a counter balance weight.

Year 7 - Graphic Design

Computer design project- Mug making

  • Serif Draw X8 program- drawing, image manipulation, typography design
  • Logo design
  • Mug design
  • Sublimation printing

Year 7 - Food Preparation and Nutrition


  • Understanding the importance of nutrition
  • The importance of a balanced diet taking into account government initiatives such as 5-a-day and Eatwell plate
  • Function, source, excess and deficiency of Macronutrients and Micronutrients
  • Health and Safety

Subject Skills:

  • Knife Skills
  • Safe use of portable and fixed equipment
  • Preparation of fruit and veg
  • Presentation of food products

Year 8 - Electronics

Joint project with Graphic Design

Board game with electronic dice

  • Developing microcontrollers circuits and programmes.
  • Flowchart design
  • Using circuit simulation programmes.
  • Drilling printed circuit boards.
  • Populating and soldering components onto printed circuit boards.
  • Downloading programmes to microcontroller circuits and basic fault finding.
  • Case design, using CAD (computer aided design).
  • Case manufacture.

Year 8 - Graphic Design

Joint project with Electronics

Board game with electronic dice

  • Serif Drawplus X8 program
  • Graphic design components
  • Game design
  • Making game boards/ cards/ counters
  • Packaging/ surface developments

Year 8 - Food Preparation and Nutrition


  • Understanding of health-related diseases, including obesity, diabetes, skeletal disease anaemia and coronary heart disease
  • Understand the link between food/diet and health
  • Ways to prevent health related diseases
  • Importance of a healthy lifestyle

Subject Skills:

  • Sauce making skills
  • Cooking methods
  • Prepare, combine and shaping, pastry making

Year 9 - Electronics

Electronic maze game

  • Circuit simulation.
  • Using environmental sensors in circuits.  (LDR light sensors)
  • Voltage dividers.
  • Using circuit simulation software to develop printed circuit boards.
  • Drilling, populating and soldering printed circuit boards, following their own designs.
  • Transistors used as electronic switches.
  • Timing circuits.
  • Latch circuits.
  • Maze design using CAD (computer aided design).  Using more advance design tools.
  • CAM (computer assisted manufacture), using a computer controlled milling machine to cut out their maze design.
  • Product assembly. 

Year 9 - Graphic Design

Responding to design brief

  • Serif X8 program
  • Graphic design components
  • Graphic design project- sketching, research skills, experimentation with components, evaluation

Year 9 - Food Preparation and Nutrition


  • Understanding of food safety principles focusing on the purchase, storage and cooking of foods correctly
  • The ‘danger zone’ and bacterial multiplication
  • Signs and symptoms of food poisoning
  • Sources and identification of bacterial contamination

Subject Skills:

  • Selecting and adjusting cooking times
  • Judging and modifying sensory properties
  • Working safely with high risk foods


Technology Examination Courses:

Subject Title:Board:Subject Code:Qualification:Course DetailsCourse Specification
Design and Technology: ElectronicsWJEC603/0776/6GCSE (9-1)Link to Course DetailsLink to Course Specification

Design and Technology: Graphic Design

NCFE603/0845/XLevel 1/2 CertLink to Course DetailsLink to Course Specification

Design and Technology: Food Preparation and Nutrition

AQA8585GCSE (9-1)Link to Course DetailsLink to Course Specification

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) Electronics Curriculum Overview:


ELECTRONICS - Course material

Delivered across year 10 and 11 and examined through two 1.5 hour written examinations in June during year 11.

Unit 1
1.1  Electronic Systems
1.2  Circuit Concepts (Current, Voltage and Power)
1.3  Resistive Components in Circuits
1.4  Switching Circuits
1.5  Application of Diodes
1.6  Combinational Logic Systems

Unit 2
2.1 Timing Circuits
2.2 Sequential Systems
2.3 Interfacing Digital to Analogue Circuits
2.4 Control Circuits
2.5 Operational Amplifiers

NEA (non-examined assessment)

During the summer term of year 10 and the autumn term of year 11, students will be completing the NEA task.

They will be asked to research, design, develop and test a circuit.  Using their own subject knowledge, they will need to combine different circuits together to effectively solve a problem that they identified themselves.

Course overview and assessment

Students will be engaged in short project work and practical activities throughout the course, to help them put into practice they electronic theory they are learning in each unit.  Each unit is supported with online assessment activities that give immediate feedback to students, enabling the students to quickly identify areas that they may need to work on. As the course progress each unit is revisited through related material and exam style questions, this is to help embed subject knowledge and prepare students for the end of course examinations.


Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) Graphic Design Curriculum Overview:

GRAPHIC DESIGN- Course material

10 hour practical based examination. This represents 50% of overall grade.

Unit 1
Introduction to Graphic Design. Students learn the 6 key components of graphic design.

Unit 2
Graphic designer study. Students will choose a designer of their choice and create a piece of work inspired by their work.

Unit 3
Responding to a design brief. Students will work through a given brief to produce a final outcome.

Unit 4
Presentation and portfolio. Students will research types of portfolio and create their own.

NEA (non-examined assessment)

4 units of coursework. Each worth 12.5% of the overall grade.

Students will undertake a 10 hour examination. This will be a given brief, which students will work through to produce a final outcome.

Course overview and assessment

Students will work through the first 3 units of coursework in Year 10. Each unit is assessed internally.

During Year 11, students will engage in exam preparation for the first term, with the examination taking place in February.

Unit 4 will be completed in term 2 of Year 11.


Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) Food Preparation and Nutrition Curriculum Overview:



This information is being updated and will be online soon.


NEA (non-examined assessment)

Course overview and assessment

Some products produced by Technology students: