Curriculum Matrix

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The Key Stage 3 Curriculum Matrix board is a valuable tool to help you plan your Design and Technology curriculum at Key Stage 3.

It has been is designed to do a number of things including:

  • provide a resource to be used for curriculum planning in departmental meetings
  • present a map of the department’s current KS3 D&T schemes of work
  • visually highlight coverage of national curriculum requirements
  • show the breadth and balance of work in each material area
  • plan for continuity and progression.

The resource consists of a laminated wall planner matrix representing Year groups 7, 8 and 9 and the number of weeks in the year. Two sheets of repositionable printed vinyl stickers are provided that can be placed on the matrix. In addition blank stickers are provided which can be customised. The stickers are colour coded to indicate material area etc. and also indicate when an aspect is introduced or revisited. Student activity is defined under these headings:

  • Mainly making
  • Mainly designing
  • Design and making
  • Exploring technology in society

A well-planned curriculum should provide a range of sectors across different material areas. Schools use the resource as an excellent focus for school department development days. In the best cases, neighbouring schools have come together for a day to share experiences and exchange ideas. They then engage in either single school or multi school groups using the Matrix to plan a new curriculum. It is the discussion that is so valuable and the exchange of ideas that takes place generally leads to schools benefitting from each other.

This item is not available to purchase using Curriculum Credits.
First published 2011

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