Design and Technology

 Curriculum Maps and Overviews


In Design Technology we learn how to see the problems and challenges that people from all experience in their everyday lives. We learn to explore these problems so that we can create working prototype designs that resolve them as best that we can. 


Design and Technology at St Joseph’s Catholic College allows students of all abilities to demonstrate their creative flair, problem solving abilities and practical skill within the subject disciplines of Design and Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition. Students are taught in a carousel of modules which are grounded in both design context, practical competence and knowledge of tools, equipment and materials. Each module is a standalone unit but will build upon their prior experiences and acquire new knowledge, skills and attributes applying these both independently and collaboratively in a range of contexts.

We want students to learn a range of practical skills. We want student to be able to confidently identify and resolve real world design problems. But we also want students to be able to explain what they are doing using subject specific terminology. Therefore teaching and learning within the department has three broad aims:

  1. How do we identify and then iterate design resolutions for everyday design problems
  2. How do we use tools, equipment and materials to realise our design intentions
  3. What are the words that we use to describe and critically evaluate our design decisions

The subject will equip the students with the necessary skills to meet their own and the needs of others in an ever changing and unpredictable world. They will consider carefully and 'design for our tomorrows' through new, emerging and digital technologies.

Curriculum in action

Across the modules that make up KS3 students are given the opportunity to:

  • Acquiring and applying knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts.
  • Providing opportunities to inquire, investigate, analyse, design, model and test, manufacture, review and evaluate.
  • Exposure to real problems that are both design and technical based_ a Empathy arid understanding of peoples wants, needs and difficulties. I Experience of a range of materials, components, systems, ingredients, tools and processes including new and emerging technologies.
  • Climate for learning that is formative, stimulating, engaging, supportive and inspiring.
  • Celebrating and embracing failure and using this to enhance design thinking

In our Design and Technology Lessons Students will be exposed to opportunities where they can develop

  • Resilience, articulation, communication, problem solving, design & technical thinking, decision making
  • I Thinking about and 'designing for our tomorrow'.
  • The application of science and mathematics in a practical context.
  • Communicating ideas through a wide range of media
  • Empathising with individuals and situations and suggesting potential solutions
  • Making things a reality — design to make.
  • The subject is forever evolving and never stands still — this speed of change makes it unique.
  • We need to be equipping our students to be creative thinkers and problem solvers to enable them to succeed in the future. Design & Technology's core principles allow this to take place.

Career opportunities / pathways:

What career opportunities / pathways could taking DT at GCSE or A-Level open up to students?

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