RRSA Link – Articles 1, 2, 13, 29, 31
Article 29. Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
A high quality design and technology (DT) curriculum should enable a proficient delivery of a rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils will be able to design and make a wide range of products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
The department’s aim is to be able to engage all learners in a wide range of technological disciplines at KS3 covering Textiles, Graphic Design, Resistant Materials and Food and Nutrition. This will provide the necessary tools and knowledge for a further exploration of Design and Technology at KS4, offering students access to a choice of Graphics, Textiles, GCSE Design Technology and/or Food Preparation and Nutrition. This provides all learners with opportunities to work in a range of domestic and local (such as home, health, leisure, and culture), and industrial contexts (engineering, manufacturing, construction, food, energy, agriculture (including horticulture) and fashion.)
The design and technology curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils explore a coherent three step process of ‘Design, Make, Evaluate.’ This will provide the structure of all DT disciplines across KS3 and KS4. The curriculum will be differentiated to the needs of different students and student groups to ensure that all students make good or outstanding progress regardless of starting point.
When designing and making, pupils will be taught to:
Cooking and Nutrition
As part of their work with food, pupils will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Across both key stages, our DT curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. It is our aim to create a comprehensive curriculum that promotes safety, passion, creativity and discipline within the kitchen, as well as important social factors such as food source ability, ethical eating and the development of national cuisines.
Teaching staff will:
The Design and Technology curriculum will:
The Curriculum Leader will produce a report on:
The Curriculum Leader and their SLT line manager will review this policy at least once a year and assess its implementation and effectiveness.
Graphics - Drawing, lettering, colour theory, logo design, printing – Creating own logo or brand working to a design specification
Woodwork – Researching different materials, measuring and sawing wood, using drills and tools - Constructing a wooden catapult – Completing product analysis and market research using ACCESS FM (Aesthetics, Cost, Customer, Environment, Size, Safety, Function, Materials)
Textiles - sewing, dying, embroidery, embellishments – Studying African masks and printing techniques to create own fabric final piece
Food tech – Working safely in the kitchen, how to create a balanced diet, 7 components of a balanced diet (EatWell guide), basic cooking techniques – mise en place, knife skills, cleanliness while working, understanding sensory tests for professional evaluation of meals. Learn the background of where Pizza comes from – Historical and Geographical context
You will make – Fruit salad, Scones, Fruit Crumble, Pizza!
Art club(s) & Extra-curricular – work on independent project, developing and refining key drawing and painting skills. + Annual art competitions with external agencies such as the Royal Academy Summer Show (All years) and Aspex Youth Platform/Workshops, Exhibitions (change yearly)
House competitions – Christmas card design (All Years)
DT Club(s) & Extra-curricular – BAE Roadshow, UTC STEM Taster day (Years 7 & 8), Bake club, Engineering club
Year 8 – Time to take your options! Choose between:
Fine Art, Art Graphics, Art Textiles
Food Preparation and Nutrition, Resistant Materials
Year 9 – Foundation Year – (Year 10 working on Component 1 [sustained projects] until Component 2 [NEA] in year 11)
Extra-curricular – Art intervention and catch up sessions, artist-led workshops, gallery visits, plus competitions
Extra-curricular – Southsea Food Festival, Network with BoxxFresh, Apprenticeships with local restaurants, Culinary school visits
60% Component 1 (Portfolio including one sustained project) 40% Component 2 (Externally set assignment spread over 15 weeks culminating in a 2 day, 10 hour exam)
Year 10 – 11 Fine Art, Textiles and Graphics
Year 10/11 Resistant Materials
Year 10/11 Food preparation and nutrition