Design and Technology at Ark Kings

At Ark Kings Academy, our DT curriculum is designed to achieve the following aims:

  • Pupils become proficient designers through developing the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world, as well as critique, evaluate and test ideas and products, and apply their understanding of the principles of nutrition
  • Pupils solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values

Design and Technology Curriculum Overview

 

DT Curriculum Overview: Outline of taught and assessed content

The table below outlines the whole curriculum overview for this subject area, and shows the journey that students take throughout Ark Kings.

Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

EYFS

Textiles

Fine motor and weaving

Food and Nutrition

Chapatis

Construction

Continuous provision area

Food and Nutrition

Toast and toppings

Construction and Key Skills

Continuous provision area

Food and Nutrition

Sandwich and fillings

Year 1

Textiles

Loom fish

Construction

Scuttlers

Food and Nutrition

Jacket potatoes

Year 2

Textiles

Weaving cards

Construction

Balloon racers

Food and Nutrition

Easy pizzas

Year 3

Textiles

Cushion cover

Construction

Zoetrope

Food and Nutrition

Omelette

Year 4

Textiles

Sampler

Construction

Electric correx creepers

Food and Nutrition

Pasta and tomato sauce

Year 5

Textiles

Hand puppet

Construction

Electric steady hand game

Food and Nutrition

Curry

Year 6

Textiles

Repair kit

Construction

Electric fan racer

Food and Nutrition

Roast Dinner (community)

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Curriculum Aims: 

In the Secondary Phase Design Technology aims to ensure that all students develop creative, technical, and practical expertise to perform everyday tasks confidently. 

Students use their knowledge and understanding to design, make and evaluate. 

 

In Art and Design, Key Stage 3 students develop their textiles skills, underpinned by the design process of design, make, and evaluate. 

All students in Key stage 3 develop and practise their textiles skills in in our Art Department. Students are taught how to design and create either a piece of bunting, using identity as a decorative theme, or, a pair of slippers using the theme of nature.   These projects include important skills, including hemming, applique, attaching buttons securely, embroidery, printing, batik, patchwork and various fabric manipulation techniques. 

Students become competent in selecting and preparing specialist tools for specific techniques during KS3, to prepare for a more independent approach as they progress to KS4.  At this time students have the opportunity to progress and experiment with the different techniques offered, leading to larger scale textiles pieces using the sewing machines, making items such as shirts, jackets and dresses. 

The evaluative element of these projects allow for students to reflect on their work and enjoy a sense of achievement having created a unique piece of work.  

 

Students also have a Food and Nutrition Curriculum Block in Key stage 3. Students are taught how to cook and principles of nutrition of healthy eating. They learn food hygiene, cooking skills and prepare a healthy nutritious meal that fulfils a brief. Students spend time preparing and cooking a meal and then evaluate it. This prepares students for leading independent, healthy adult lives.