The Design and Technology curriculum is comprised of four subject areas: Textiles; Resistant Materials, Graphics and Food and Nutrition. Product Design is also taught at KS3. Students in KS3 rotate through all of the disciplines. Our curriculum provides a breadth of study which enhances the requirements of the National Curriculum for England. By continually evaluating schemes of learning, we reflect current changes in national law, educational practices and culture in order to prepare pupils with the knowledge, skills and mastery for everyday living, future study and the world of work. This is recognised through our pupil voice sessions which take place throughout the year.
Our spiralised curriculum begins in Year 7, before separating into individual disciplines under the umbrella of GCSE Design and Technology and GCSE Food and Nutrition at KS4. We work in partnership with our transition teams to embed our curriculum in the primary phases and ease the transition from KS2 to KS3.
The design technology curriculum focuses on the iterative design process: design; make; knowledge and evaluate. Teachers teach lessons that use the core principles of TEEP and CLEAR in order to develop students’ knowledge, skills and mastery in the subject areas making links where possible across the whole school curriculum. Key designers and chefs are a focus in KS3 and KS4 inspiring students to create independent projects based on a class design topic.
The department creates learning environments which are flexible enough to meet the needs of all young people and to ensure that pupils feel that they belong to our creative community as well as building confidence in becoming independent learners. Progress is monitored through a planned system of assessment. This process is aligned with whole school systems and data points, but also considers our KS3 rotations. Reflection and evaluation are central skills in a practical subject; consistent use of Personalised Learning Checklists encourages pupils to become accountable for their own progress and to make informed Options choices.
The curriculum in Year 9 allows personalised guidance to support forthcoming GCSE study and pupils are given the opportunity to opt into a Design Technology or Food Preparation module in terms 5 and 6. The aim is to achieve the best foundation from which to progress to the next stage of study, without constraining choice for pupils not taking DT at GCSE.