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360o of a Design and Technology Workshop


We start Year 7 by introducing some drawing skills and techniques that students will be using and building upon throughout their time at Fernwood. We then move on to a range of projects covering electronics, computer aided design, architecture, metal work and wood work. We aim to give Year 7 students a variety of projects that will inspire them, as well as begin their learning journey into Design & Technology. All of our projects incorporate a range of Design & Technology skills that provide our students with a solid learning foundation should they choose to progress with the subject in KS4.
We recommend that all students, on top of their standard school equipment, have a set of colouring pencils, glue stick, scissors, and drawing pencils. By having these pieces of equipment, students will be able to complete homework to the standard expected. As a department, we provide students with project booklets and a plastic project folder. This project folder allows your child’s booklets to remain neat and tidy, and increases their levels of responsibility. Whilst in lessons, we will provide access to software used throughout Year 7 in computer aided design lessons. Your child will also have access to a wide range of industry standard equipment and machinery that will be used throughout their time in Design & Technology.
Your child will make a small pine storage box to their own design, an acrylic LED night light using computer aided design and manufacture, and a pewter cast keyring using a mould of their own design. They will then move onto an architecture project where students will work in teams to design and model a building. All projects incorporate a design element, manufacturing and problem solving.
The Design & Technology department is extremely well facilitated. We have three workshops and three dedicated graphics suites. Within the workshops we have a range of machinery including pillar drills, braising hearths, belt sanders, as well as more advanced machines that your child will learn to use throughout their time at Fernwood. Some machinery is age restricted however, so your child will not be able to use all of the machinery we have on offer. Each workshop is also fitted with a range of hand tools. We have three 3D printers and a resin printer. Fernwood incorporates computer numerically controlled manufacturing into some of our projects, and to support this we have a CNC router, CNC milling machine, and CNC lathe, as well as a large-bed laser cutter.
We run several clubs and activities across the Design and Technology department. At Christmas we run a ‘Christmas Craft Club’ where students in Years 7 & 8 can make a small decoration to take home. They will use skills from the projects they have completed.

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
0115 9286 326 |
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