Design and Technology

Key Stage 3: Textiles, Food Technology and Resistant Materials

Key Stage 4: Hospitality and Catering

Through the design and technology curriculum pupils develop skills in all areas of the design process. It is a subject that is inspiring, rigorous and practical in preparing all young people to value the world they live and work in; one that considers sustainable designing and making. Pupils are taught to consider real problems and how the interactive design process can help them in analysing, researching, designing, modelling, developing and evaluating possible solutions to problems – whilst also developing independent learning as well as group work both in and out of the classroom. Pupils will be challenged with a range of designing and making tasks that use a variety of techniques, materials (tools, ingredients and equipment) and processes. In addition to this, pupils are given frequent opportunities to discuss wider issues, such as technological development, sustainability and responsibilities of designers, manufacturers and chefs. Design technology is a subject relevant to whatever the pupil chooses to do later in life.

In the design and technology curriculum:

  1. Pupils will have a rich and powerful knowledge of a range of techniques, processes and skills that will enable them to design and make products that work within the context of a design brief.
  2. Teachers will use the best of what is thought and said to allow pupils to develop creativity, critical thinking and collaboration to effectively build achievement and nurture individual talent and innovation.
  3. Planning, delivery and assessment of the four key concepts will be strategically sequenced to ensure that the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of design and technology is secure and builds in complexity and challenge throughout their learning journey.
  4. Continuously takes pupils on an exciting and engaging learning journey both in and outside of the classroom exploring a vast range of real life design problems and how to solve them for a modern sustainable world thus developing the cultural and moral capital of our pupils, taking them beyond the classroom experience.
  5. Pupils will develop literacy and numeracy skills which will allow them to confidently articulate their design ideas, work with precision and engage with their peers to critically analyse their own work and that of others.
  6. Adopts an inclusive approach which allows all pupils explore the wider issues that affect society. Pupils will be exposed to the conceptual knowledge, skills and understanding to flourish in their future learning and employment.
  7. Provides pupils with the necessary social, analytical and problem solving skills that will allow then to contribute to the world of the future.

Curriculum Intent