Product Design Mid KS3 Y8 Mainly Making - Salad Servers

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D&T Key Resources
Product Design Mid KS3 –
Mainly Making
Salad servers – 2-3
First published 2015; updated 2016

Students develop an understanding for a basic product: salad servers and explore how design can improve the product. They investigate a range of options before producing a specification, making examples and considering finishing techniques.

Key learning

  • Understand the different needs to the client using the product
  • Develop design that show understanding through making


  • Manufacture using appropriate tools and equipment
  • Develop a successful product that relates to the client’s needs

NC 2014 Learning objectives

  • DA1 - Develop detailed design specifications to guide their thinking
  • MB7 - follow procedures for safety and hygiene and understand the process of risk assessment
  • MB2 - use a broad range of material joining techniques including stitching
  • MB9 - use a broad range of manufacturing techniques including handcraft skills and machinery to manufacture products precisely
  • MB11 - apply a range of finishing techniques, including those from art and design, to a broad range of materials including textiles, metals, polymers and woods
  • TK2 - about the physical properties of materials e.g. grain, brittleness, flexibility, elasticity, malleability and thermal

Free resource also available:  Learning Planner and Assessing Without Levels - Teachers' Guide 

D&T Key Resources

These Design and Technology Key Resources form part of a KS3 plan for D&T learning and a project bank from which you can choose to populate your school’s learning plan. Other resources in the plan cover curriculum areas of Textiles, Food and Systems and Control.

These resources have been developed to help teachers who are looking to move their schemes of work from craft-based focused projects, where the craft outcome is the critical factor, towards planning D&T learning units that focus on students’ learning in design and technology.

The resources are designed to enable you to either use the full KS3 learning programme or to plan your own using these available units from the bank. You can use these units with others from the ever growing bank available on the D&T Association website or you can design your own to fit your school’s requirements.

Each learning unit has been designed by starting with selected learning objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum. From here the units have been developed with tasks, activities and experiences which provide opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate what they have learnt. Furthermore assessment opportunities have been 'designed in' where teachers can assess whether students have learnt what the unit has set out to teach them. To make them easier to reference in medium and short term plans they have been coded DB1, MA2, MB7 etc. A full reference table of coded learning objectives is included in this pack.

Across all material components of D&T resources have been developed for Early, Mid, and Late Key Stage 3 and are of varying lengths, each with a different theme and approaching the activities from a different learning focus:

  • Mainly Designing               two to five hours
  • Mainly Making                   three to four hours
  • Design and Make              six to eight hours
  • Technology in Society      two hours



Each resource pack comprises:

  • Unit of work
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Self assessment worksheets
  • Support resources

Units can be purchased as individual items or as sets across early, mid or late KS3, or as a full set covering the whole of KS3.

Curriculum Credits cannot be used to purchase this item.


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