In Design and Technology, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively to improve quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users critique
- evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
This is understood by all stakeholders from headteacher down to students as it is developed within our curriculum map and then fed into individual lessons. Evident within DT department lessons and the variety of content. Through varied activities that we engage in, we strive to deliver high quality lessons that enable students to make accelerated progress. Evidence in and around school especially within the department that shows the curriculum in action from displays, books and key stage 3 folders. 100% participation by students in all lessons, including those who have SEND through differentiated tasks.
Health and safety is paramount in every lesson and by the very nature of Design Technology in education. Students' academic potential is challenged in year 7 and 8 by the implementation of theoretical knowledge though unit teaching, home learning booklets and unit tests.