The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
- (to have fun.GCMS)
In GCMS every pupil has access to the Design and Technology curriculum.
The subject is divided into three distinct yet interdependent areas:
Resistant Materials (RM), Food/Textiles, Art/Design.
KS2: One hour lessons. Each year 5 class is divided between the RM and FT rooms and rotates on a half termly basis.
In year 6, two classes are divided between the three rooms and rotate on a half term basis
KS3: Two hour lessons. Year 7, year 8 are organised like year 6.Year 8 also have an extra one hour lesson each week.
The pupils have access to a wide range of materials and some dedicated equipment
Homework is given on a regular basis. This may involve specific research, completing a set task, the further development of ideas and planning already begun in a lesson or to bring in a relevant resource. The aim is to encourage initiative and more independent learning.