Design & Technology
The design and technology curriculum aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world.
Students will have the opportunity to explore the five key curriculum concepts: materials and their working properties, specialist techniques and processes, communication of designs, prototype development and impact on society and the environment.
Design and Technology is a
phenomenally important subject.
Logical, creative and practical,
it's the only opportunity students
have to apply what they learn in
maths and science.
Design & Technology Department - Overarching Curriculum Intent (September 2023) RFSS
Curriculum Vision Statement:
To build an inclusive curriculum which is aspirational for all and empowers our students to make outstanding academic and personal progress.
Design & Technology Curriculum in Context:
In 2022 the IET discovered that there is an estimated shortfall of over 173,000 workers in STEM sectors, with an average of 10 unfilled roles per business in the UK, costing the economy a “shocking” £1.5bn each year. 49% of engineering businesses are experiencing difficulties recruiting workers with the skills they need.
Design and technology is more than a practical subject. The knowledge gained from learning the subject allows pupils to understand how the world around them has been created. Also, through first-hand experiences they can see that things are designed and made to help people in their daily lives. To that end, through designing and making products, pupils are realising their ability to respond to needs and wants, whilst solving real-life problems.
At RFSS the Design & Technology curriculum is collaboratively and coherently planned and sequenced across Years 7- 9/GCSE to ensure that pupils build on all aspects of prior learning and stretches and challenges all pupils regardless of starting point. As pupils progress through Key Stage 3, they are given the opportunity to focus on specific areas of the subject such as Graphic communication, Textiles & Resistant materials. Cultural capital is explored across the key stages by appreciation of the work of others locally, nationally and internationally, each subject identifies and relates to real contextual challenges focusing upon people, communities or businesses.
Curriculum Aims: Our curriculum aims to:
• Excite and ignite our pupils’ interest in design and technology and prepare them to participate in the development of a rapidly changing world.
• To ensure that learners develop technical and practical competencies as well as the wider soft skills valued by employers.
• To have a curriculum which will allow students to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team.
Our broad and balanced curriculum concentrates on developing our students’ key knowledge and skills, and enhances their understanding of the world around them.
We do this by:
• Incorporating elements of KS4 work even in year 7 as we instill in all our pupils high academic rigour and challenge from the outset.
• In Years 7-9, all pupils experience all areas of Design & Technology each year, taught by subject specialist teachers that are enthusiastic about their subjects and share this passion with all our pupils. • Design & Technology staff use academic language consistently and appropriately in their subject specific teaching and learning where pupils are encouraged to use tier 2 & 3 language in lessons both verbally and in extended written work for example in evaluations.
• Plan projects, tasks and challenges to enable students to find areas that they can excel in, that they may never have had the opportunity to see or do.
Our curriculum is focused on the development of communication, character and cultural capital of each individual student, so they become:
• Able to problem solve real contextualised briefs in a variety of materials.
• Able to analyse, critique and evaluate their own work and the work of others.
• Critical and creative thinkers, problem-solvers, evaluators and decision makers.
• Willing to express their own creativity through their designs and are more socially confident to give their opinions.
As a result of our curriculum, students will leave RFSS with a range of practical modern life skills and create a work ethic to prepare students for the world of work.
Please view or download our 'Sequence Overview' document for Design Technology
KindnessWe regularly give ‘shout outs’ for staff who have gone above and beyond and demonstrated an exceptional display of one of our values We encourage and try to support flexible working requests and promote ‘family values’ as something that makes the workforce distinctive. We try to ensure staff have the opportunity to attend personal events or celebrations when requested and within agreed time frame.
CollaborationWe have an active Staff Wellbeing committee who meet regularly to discuss staff wellbeing and workload. We provide all new staff with a ‘buddy’ to provide support and advice. We plan a variety of staff social events across the year. We provide staff with a free lunch on the day of their duty. We have regular staff breakfasts, provide food on all CPD days and occasional treats such as Pizza!
CuriosityWe invest heavily in staff CPD and both promote and support opportunities to develop staff. We provide opportunities for all staff to network and visit other schools to improve their practice and share great ideas.
RespectWe have a Staff Room, where staff can meet, work and even socialise Each faculty has its own staff work room We have regular appraisal conversations to discuss career progression
ResilienceWe promote resilience through our reflective CPD pathways. We have an area in the staff room dedicated to wellbeing which is used to promote health and wellbeing. We share weekly health and wellbeing information.
EndeavourPromote a work life balance by being considerate when sending emails and holding meetings. We will endeavor to celebrate our staff and their achievements on a regular basis, for example; a black tie celebration evening.