The Design and Technology curriculum has been designed to build on 6 threshold concepts (see table) this is the basis for the sequence of the learning and unlocking of knowledge needed to progress.
Students will be expected to work in a variety of specialised classrooms safely, using tools, machinery, utensils and equipment correctly and with precision. They will increase their proficiency of using materials and ingredients throughout their time at Padgate making links with each specialist area.
The three main curriculum areas taught are; Product design, Food and Nutrition, CAD CAM/Textiles, they are interleaved throughout key Stage 3. Each area of specialism is linked by one key design brief that is presented as a challenge question.
This we believe will allow students to make clear links with wider issues in Design so they can develop, design and make outcomes that will prepare them for future life, applying knowledge and understanding to real and relevant design briefs considering their own and other’s needs.
TC 1 – Working safely
To be able work safely using a range of materials and equipment. Understanding how to use these effectively underpins the skills and concepts learnt during the five year plan.
TC 2 – Product Analysis
Examining existing products underpins our own development of creative solutions. Understanding how products are successful is crucial to developing our own products.
TC 3 – Work of designers
Designers, nutritionists, artists and craftsperson’s tells us of our past, present and future, shaping and influencing our lives in significant ways. Understanding where key pioneers of DT have shaped our lives plays an important role in the understanding of DT.
TC 4 – Forming an opinion
To be able to analyse and evaluate our own work and form an opinion on others work, forms the basis of being able to strengthen a visual perception.
TC 5 – Application of techniques and processes
Using materials, tools and equipment to create our own products. Designers often take creative journeys exploring materials, ideas and processes. Creative and experimental outcomes develop during the creative process. Products do not always need to be ‘completed’ to be complete!
TC 6 – Nutrition
Nutritional science studies the physiological process of nutrition interpreting the nutrients and other substances in food in relation to maintenance, growth, reproduction, health and disease of an organism. This leads to happier, healthier lives!
Director of Studies - Expressive Arts & Sport & Teacher of Design
Teacher of Design