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National Strategies for Design and Technology

Links to resources supporting the development of the national curriculum for design and technology
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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 Curriculum in Action

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Pupils' work online

"This is one of the most useful resources I've come across to support the national curriculum. Seeing actual pupils' work alongside commentaries helps me see how all of the advice and guidance translates into practice." - Head of Technology, North Yorkshire

Link to National Curriculum in Action

This website uses pupils' work and case study materials to show what the National Curriculum in D&T looks like in practice.
The examples given show:

  • the standard of pupils' work at different ages and key stages
  • how the programmes of study translate into real activities
  • effective use of ICT across the curriculum

Accommodation for design and technology

Planning

Design and Technology is a single subject involving a variety of activities that require a range of specialist facilities. In a new building, therefore, Design and Technology spaces should be grouped together, allowing pupils to make maximum use of a range of facilities and strengthening departmental identity. Ideally, the Design and Technology suite should be on the ground floor with easy access for the delivery of materials. It is also useful to locate the department near to others with which there may be links (for example, electronics facilities may be shared with the science area, and there are often strong links with the art and design department too).

Link to the DfES Building and Design Unit website


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


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


Examinations

Department for Children, Schools and Families Qualifications Website

The Qualifications Website offers a range of information for parents, teachers, pupils, lecturers, students, employers and anyone with an interest in qualifications.

Link to the DCSF Qualifications Website


Gifted and Talented

What do we mean by gifted and talented?

Gifted and talented children are those who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop these abilities).

Link to the DCSF site for Gifted and Talented


Art and design

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The importance of art and design

In art, craft and design, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

Link to the National Curriculum for Art and Design

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

Link to the QCA schemes of work for Art and Design at Key Stages 1 and 2/a>

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

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