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The importance of design and technology

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from the new Programme of Study for Key Stage 3

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 and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world,pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Link to The revised PoS for D&T at KS3


National Strategies for Design and Technology

Links to resources supporting the development of the national curriculum for design and technology
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Mathematics

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The importance of Mathematics

Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society as a habit of mind for its use in the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. It is essential in public decision-making and for participation in the knowledge economy.

Link to the National Curriculum for Mathematics

Link to the new National Curriculum for Mathematics at Key Stage 3

Link to the Primary Framework for mathematics

Link to the Framework for teaching mathematics: Years 7, 8 and 9

Link to the National Curriculum in Action site for Mathematics


Information and Communication Technology

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The importance of information and communication technology

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.

Link to the National Curriculum for ICT

Link to the new National Curriculum for ICT at Key Stage 3

Link to the QCA schemes of work for ICT at Key Stages 1 and 2

Link to the QCA schemes of work for ICT at Key Stage 3

Link to the National Curriculum in Action site for ICT


Science

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The importance of Science

The study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

Link to the National Curriculum for Science

Link to the new National Curriculum for Science at Key Stage 3

Link to the QCA schemes of work for Science at Key Stages 1 and 2

Link to the QCA schemes of work for Science at Key Stage 3

Link to the National Curriculum in Action site for Science


Religious Education

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The importance of Religious Education

Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

Link to the National Curriculum for RE

Link to the new National Curriculum for RE at Key Stage 3

Link to the QCA schemes of work for RE at Key Stages 1 and 2

Link to the QCA schemes of work for RE at Key Stage 3

Link to the National Curriculum in Action site for RE


Design and Technology

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The importance of Design and Technology

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 and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Link to the National Curriculum for Design and Technology

Link to the new National Curriculum for Design and Technology at Key Stage 3

Link to the QCA schemes of work for Design and Technology at Key Stages 1 and 2

Link to the QCA schemes of work for Design and Technology at Key Stage 3

Link to the National Curriculum in Action site for Design and Technology


English

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The importance of English

English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In studying English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Pupils learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.

Link to the National Curriculum for English

Link to the new National Curriculum for English at Key Stage 3

Link to the Primary Framework for literacy

Link to the Framework for Teaching English: Years 7, 8 and 9

Link to the National Curriculum in Action site for English


Music

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The importance of Music

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

Link to the National Curriculum for Music

Link to the new National Curriculum for Music at Key Stage 3

Link to the QCA schemes of work for Music at Key Stages 1 and 2

Link to the QCA schemes of work for Music at Key Stage 3

Link to the National Curriculum in Action site for Music