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Smithdon High School

Design Technology

WHY ARE WE TEACHING A KNOWLEDGE-RICH CURRICULUM; HOW IS IT DIFFERENT?

Our Design Technology curriculum is designed around high-quality outcomes that aims to develop creative and technical expertise in students. We wish for students to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world, understanding that the world of design is limitless, and ever changing.

WHY ARE WE TEACHING THIS CONTENT?

We want our pupils to 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.

WHY ARE WE TEACHING IT IN THIS ORDER?

Projects are structured throughout KS3 in order to monitor and control the outcomes that students achieve and ensure that they apply taught skills consistently as a cohort. The projects in KS3 allow more freedom on design and outcomes as students gain knowledge and experience throughout the years. Structured projects will enable students to feel more confident when given more design freedoms in KS4 as they will have gained the necessary basic skills to have more choice at KS4.

WHAT DO PUPILS NEED TO REMEMBER AND BE ABLE TO DO IN THIS SUBJECT?

Pupils need to be able to work on project briefs and specifications and from this create an iterative design process informed by research and findings. 

WHAT METHODS DO WE USE TO HELP PUPILS SECURE THIS KNOWLEDGE IN LONG-TERM MEMORY? 

Methods used are quizzing at the start of each lesson, with a mixture of more recent questions but always including questions from previous topics and previous years. We use and display key words used in art so that students become more familiar with subject specific terminology and learn how this terminology is present or can be used in their own work.

WHAT METHODS DO WE USE TO HELP PUPILS SECURE THIS KNOWLEDGE IN LONG-TERM MEMORY AND APPLY IT IN COMPLEX TASKS?

We draw comparisons and connections between current and previous units so that pupils can find technical and practical themes that run throughout. These connections enable students to produce work and writing that reflects their knowledge and skills learnt in prior techniques and processes. We also revisit knowledge learnt in previous years in lessons and formal assessments.

To view the Design Technology Curriculum Overview click here.

More information on the Design Technology Department can be found here