Technology (textiles, food, illustration and animation)


The technology department has created a positive environment for learning and encourages individuality and originality, raising the self-esteem of students by valuing their ideas and opinions and celebrating individual and collective successes. We have an up-to-date learning environment where students have access to a wide range of materials and facilities. Students have access to both a domestic and commercial catering kitchen, in which they have the opportunity to learn and develop practical skills to produce a wide variety of appetising, healthy and nutritious dishes.


In year 7, students take part in a rotation that includes textiles, food, illustration and animation projects. Students have the opportunity to use a variety of materials, tools and techniques, many of which they will not have used before.


Students look to Norwich architecture for their inspiration, exploring what Norwich has to offer with its history and culture. They explore a range of textiles techniques, including embroidery, applique, printmaking and direct painting. They learn to form opinions on their own work and the work of others. In year 8 students build upon the skills learnt in year 7, their work is inspired by cells in nature. They develop new skills with tie dye and painting too.

Year 7 projects include:

Norwich Architecture

Year 8 projects include:



Students learn how to handle food safely and hygienically whilst gaining confidence using a wide variety of kitchen equipment. They have the opportunity to develop a wide range of dishes using a variety of ingredients. They come to understand the importance of eating a healthy, well balanced diet.

Year 7 project: ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ focuses on food preparations skills. It gives students the opportunity to practice food hygiene, food preparation, knife skills, cooking skills and experiment with ingredients. Students are introduced to the Eat Well guide, which provides information about the different nutrient value of key food groups.

Dishes include:

  • Fruit salad, fruit crumble
  • Bread and pastry products
  • Pizza
  • Healthy cakes

Year 8 Project:  ‘Let’s Keep Cooking’ gives students the opportunity to further develop their practical skills.  They will understand how to develop and adapt dishes in order to meet peoples’ dietary requirements. Students will understand why people may choose or have to follow specific diets. Dishes include:

  • Bolognaise sauce
  • Burgers
  • Quiche
  • Healthy cakes

Illustration and Animation

Students look at the work of a wide range of artists and designers.  They create their own illustration work and their own animation using a range of different techniques and software.

Year 7

Roald Dahl illustration project

Shadow puppets animation project

Year 8

Map illustration project

Stop frame animation project


OCR GCSE Textiles Art and Design

GCSE Textiles Art and Design is an experimental and creative course where students have the opportunity to develop their skills in textiles. They explore fashion design and making, including dressmaking techniques and further textiles techniques.

Coursework is 60% controlled assessment. These units are set by the teacher. Students will work in sketchbooks. The practical exam is worth 40% of the overall grade.  Students are given an externally set theme for which they have eight weeks to prepare, culminating in a 10 hour practical exam spread over two days in the textiles room. There is no written exam.

WJECC GCSE Hospitality & Catering 5569 QN 601/7703/2 unit 1&2

Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry.

Students will take one exam at the end of year 11. They will learn about what types of establishments provide hospitality and a catering service, plus job opportunities in the industry. How caterers ensure they are working safely. How food poisoning can be prevented and what laws need to be considered when providing hospitality and catering.

Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action.

Students learn to safely plan, prepare, cook and present nutritious dishes. This is an internally assessed practical exam. The students have four hours to prepare, cook, and present two dishes under controlled assessment conditions.


Students have the opportunity to access a wide range of enrichment activities including clubs, trips to galleries, Graduate Fashion Week, exhibition opportunities, visiting artists and other creative ventures.  There will be inter-house baking, charity bake-offs, and the opportunity to take part in a UCAN food and nutrition enrichment activity.

Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe. This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.


The UK creative industries generate more than £100bn a year for the UK economy.

Textiles students are encouraged to look to a huge range of art and design careers, as well as fashion design. These include fashion designer, printmaker, interior design, and art and design careers.

The turnover in the catering and hospitality industry for ‘accommodation and food services’ reached £98b in 2017.  An estimated 1.75 million people were employed in hospitality at the end of June 2018.

The sector offers a wide variety of job roles and opportunities at many levels, including baker, bar person, barista, butcher, cake decorator, catering manager, chef, consumer scientist, counter service assistant, events manager, executive chef, food factory worker, food scientist, head chef, head housekeeper, housekeeper, kitchen assistant, kitchen porter, pastry chef, publican, receptionist, restaurant manager, restaurateur, sous chef, waiter, wedding planner.