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Design and Technology

Design & Technology Intent Statement

Objective: Inspiring, creative and practical projects that encourage students to be resilient when problem solving and when faced with new challenges.

At Abbey Park School our aim is to inspire the designers of tomorrow, promote the
importance of an independent, creative mind, encourage curious thinkers and build the knowledge required to effectively question concepts and communicate ideas.
Our department provides high quality lessons to our pupils by covering the following areas of graphics; textiles and resistant materials. We ensure pupils experience a wide range of design tasks and develop their mastery of core knowledge and understanding alongside practical skills to prepare them for exams and future careers.

All of our department teachers are design technology specialists, with specialists in graphics, textiles and resistant materials. Our curriculum is a spiralled five-year-curriculum which is fully laid-out in our curriculum knowledge maps. Pupils will rotate between design technology disciplines in a cyclic rotation across the five years, building on previous knowledge and skills in each area. This allows pupils to link concepts together and develop a deeper understanding of designing and the world around them. Pupils are guided through their topics via their PLCs (personalised learning checklist), which outline all the content covered in each topic. The pupils will also be led through retrieval tasks, both in lesson and at KS4 in homeworks, to keep previously taught content fresh and to help pupils make links between previous knowledge and newly taught concepts.

An integral part of our five-year curriculum is the cyclic teaching of practical skills. Both in KS3 and KS4 pupils will be challenged to complete practical design and make tasks where specific aspects of the iterative design process will be assessed.

Currently our Design technology classes are taught mixed ability at KS3 and KS4. At KS4 we run AQA GCSE Design technology, and the decisions as to which path the pupils take is made by them at a midway break in year 9. The numbers of pupils taking either path is flexible, year to year, based on the cohort. In year 9 pupils are taught up until they make their option choices on a shorter 5 week cyclic rotation. After they have made their official option choices they are given the opportunity to work in their chosen GCSE DT area or the area they feel they focus best. Our intent is to support pupils in their focus and readiness for GCSE as well as supporting the engagement of those who no longer wish to opt into design technology.


At KS3 the pupils are assessed on their theory knowledge and practical outcomes every module. At KS4 the pupils will be assessed periodically through end of topic tests and milestone assessments. These will be used alongside end of year exams, mocks and practical class work to assess pupil progress against target. After an assessment point, both KS3 and KS4 pupils will have a review lesson where they will have the opportunity to reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses from the assessment. This will be highlighted by their teacher through use of WWW (what went well) and HTI (how to improve) comments. Pupils can then fill any knowledge gaps they may have through a MAC (make a change) activity. If necessary KS4 pupils can then be re-assessed to evidence the improvement.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

• KS3/4 Curriculum Maps
• KS3/4 SOWs
• KS4 Theory shared powerpoints
• Termly work scrutinies, learning walks, pupil voice, analysis of review point data
• Milestone Assessments (WWW/HTI/MAC)

IMPACT

Summer 2019 Summer 2018

Whole D&T cohort above national average. Congratulated by AQA for standardisation of NEA

Graphics: Above national average. Actual vs Target         difference: 0.85 . Area of concern: Pupil Premium

Graphics: Actual vs Target difference: 0.29 (Area of concern: middle ability boys)

Textiles: Below national average. Actual vs Target difference: -0.75 . Issue with moderator decreasing marks considerably.

Textiles: Actual vs Target difference: -0.11 (Area of concern: Pupil Premium)

RM: Below national average. Actual vs Target difference:  -1.55

RM: Actual vs Target difference: -0.42 (Area of concern:   middle ability boys)

 

 

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Objective: Inspiring, creative and practical projects that encourage students to be resilient and encourage a love of cooking.  Teaching crucial life skills to enable students to maintain a healthy, balanced and affordable lifestyle

At Abbey Park School our aim is to inspire the chefs and food technologists of tomorrow, promote the importance of an independent, creative mind, encourage curious thinkers and build the knowledge required to effectively question concepts and communicate ideas.

Our department provides high quality lessons to our pupils and we ensure pupils experience a wide range of recipe design tasks and develop their mastery of core knowledge and understanding alongside practical skills to prepare them for exams and future careers.

Our department teacher is a design technology and food specialist.

Our curriculum is a spiralled five-year-curriculum which is fully laid-out in our curriculum knowledge maps. Pupils will rotate between design technology disciplines and food preparation and nutrition in a cyclic rotation across the five years, building on previous knowledge and skills in each area. This allows pupils to link concepts together and develop a deeper understanding of planning; preparing; cooking; presenting and storing ingredients and dishes as well as preparing them for future key life skills.

Pupils are guided through their topics via their PLCs (personalised learning checklist), which outline all the content covered in each topic. The pupils will also be led through retrieval tasks, both in lesson and at KS4 in homeworks, to keep previously taught content fresh and to help pupils make links between previous knowledge and newly taught concepts.

An integral part of our five-year curriculum is the cyclic teaching of practical skills. Both at KS3 and KS4 pupils will be challenged to complete practical design and make

tasks where specific aspects of the food core competencies and skills will be assessed.

Currently our Food, preparation and nutrition classes are taught mixed ability at KS3 and KS4.  At KS4 we run AQA GCSE Food, preparation and nutrition.  The decisions as to which path the pupils take is made by them at a midway break in year 9. The numbers of pupils taking either path is flexible, year to year, based on the cohort.  In year 9 pupils are taught up until they make their option choices on a shorter 5-week cyclic rotation. After they have made their official option choices they are given the opportunity to work in their chosen GCSE DT or GCSE FPN area.  Our intent is to support pupils in their focus and readiness for GCSE as well as supporting the engagement of those who no longer wish to opt into food, preparation and nutrition.

At KS3 the pupils are assessed on their theory knowledge and practical outcomes every module.  At KS4 the pupils will be assessed periodically through end of topic tests and milestone assessments.  These will be used alongside end of year exams, mocks and practical class work to assess pupil progress against target. After an assessment point, both KS3 and KS4 pupils will have a review lesson where they will have the opportunity to reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses from the assessment; as highlighted by their teacher through use of WWW (what went well) and HTI (how to improve) comments. Pupils can then fill any knowledge gaps they may have through a MAC (make a change) activity. If necessary KS4 pupils can then be re-assessed to evidence the improvement.

 

KS3 and KS4 DT Curriculum Maps

Click below in 'Related Documents' to view curriculum maps. 

 

APS Curriculum Map D&T KS3 (205KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms.

APS Curriculum Map D&T KS4 (179KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms.

APS Curriculum Map FPN KS4 (141KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms.

Covid-19 adaption to Curriculum

Within the academic year 2020-2021 and the re-opening of schools curriculum areas have made adaptions to their offer due to the different working and learning conditions.  Below are the curriculum plans in light of being Covid-19 safe and working within our C-19 safety requirements.

 

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T5&6 2021 - Miss Parsons (137KB)

Curriculum plan for term 5 and 6 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T5&6 2021 - Miss Pegg (131KB)

Curriculum plan for term 5 and 6 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning T5&6 2021 - Mr Quant (131KB)

Curriculum plan for term 5 and 6 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning T5&6 2021 - Mr Stroud (126KB)

Curriculum plan for term 5 and 6 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T5&6 2021 - Miss Tighe (130KB)

Curriculum plan for term 5 and 6 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T3&4 2021 - Ms Parsons (133KB)

Curriculum plan for term 3 and 4 in response to C-19 and return to school

C19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T3&4 2021 - Miss Pegg (127KB)

Curriculum plan for term 3 and 4 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T3&4 2021 - Mr Quant (128KB)

Curriculum plan for term 3 and 4 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T3&4 2021 - Miss Stacey (127KB)

Curriculum plan for term 3 and 4 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T3&4 2021 - Mr Stroud (122KB)

Curriculum plan for term 3 and 4 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T1&2 - Miss Parsons (135KB)

Curriculum plan for term 1 and 2 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T1&2 - Miss Pegg (132KB)

Curriculum plan for term 1 and 2 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T1&2- Mr Quant (131KB)

Curriculum plan for term 1 and 2 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T1&2 - Miss Stacey (130KB)

Curriculum plan for term 1 and 2 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 D&T Curriculum Planning - T1&2 - Mr Stroud (124KB)

Curriculum plan for term 1 and 2 in response to C-19 and return to school