Year 7 Design Technology


  • Recognise familiar characteristics in existing products.
  • Identify different cultures & write about their different needs.
  • Identify seasonal ingredients and foods.
  • Select images of similar products/foods from other sources such as the internet, books & catalogues.
  • Record your findings.
  • Compare images of products/foods and label them.
  • Explain what you like and don’t like about each image.


  • Record a design idea by using pictures and words to show what you want to do.
  • Reproduce designs using pictures or models to describe your idea.
  • Recognise that your design/dish has to meet a range of needs.
  • Clarify ideas using words, labelled sketches and models to communicate design details.

Technical Knowledge

  • State what you are making and what tools/equipment are being used.
  • Show some knowledge and understanding of why you are using the tools/equipment and materials/ingredients that have been suggested.
  • Explain the order of your work choosing appropriate materials/ingredients, processes, equipment and machinery including computer aided manufacture.


  • Choose and use tools/equipment and materials/ingredients with help.
  • Select tools to show how you can join materials or combine ingredients in a variety of ways.
  • Demonstrate using tools with some accuracy to cut, shape and assemble materials, ingredients and components.


  • Write about you own work and how your product works.
  • Make observations of the work of past and present designers.
  • Recognise what you have done and list things that you could do better in the future.
  • Write about new technologies.
  • Identify and summarise what has been a success and failure.
  • Suggest improvements for you design.
  • Explain how designers impact on society

Food, Cooking & Nutrition

  • Identify some of the important nutrients required in a balanced diet.
  • Define the function of all nutrients required for a varied diet.
  • Explain the difference between a healthy diet & an unhealthy diet.