Key to developing departmental schemes of work is a good understanding of the National Curriculum 2008 Programmes of study. The new programme represents considerable developments in how the subject is defined and also what is required to be taught. The starting point for schools is look at two key features of the new curriculum:
The revised version of the Importance Statement provides a good starting point to stimulate reflection on the nature of design and technology as a subject and how it plays a central part in all pupils education. Developing from the importance statement are the Key Concepts. These concepts underpin the study of design and technology. Pupils need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.
This activity breaks down the importance statement into key features. In pairs or groups, examine each part of the statement and identify the key features. Then examine the design and technology key concepts and cross reference these by putting their code in the appropriate column. A completed version is also included, referenced against the key concepts.
Please click HERE to download these resources (.doc)
This activity enables a department to explore what it is currently doing to address each of the key concepts and how it could strengthen each aspect. It is very useful in developing a teams understanding of the implications of the new programme and also focuses attention on the areas which are most in need of development.Please click HERE to download this resource (.doc)
The non-statutory cross curricular dimensions reflect the major ideas and challenges that face society and have significance for individuals. They can provide powerful unifying themes that give learning relevance and help young people make sense of the world.
Please click HERE to download the Developing Compelling Learning activity (.doc)
Activity 4This is a short RAG assessment activity that can be used to stimulate a departments thinking about where it is in its development of D&T provision. It also requires teachers to think about the purpose of D&T and its contribution to the whole curriculum.
Please click HERE to download the 'Where are we now' activity (.doc)
Activity 5Auditing the departments current scheme of work? This document can be used to cross reference the departments scheme of work including their projects, against the new against the new programme of study.
Please click HERE to download Range and content... (.pdf).