CDT at the Polygon School
At the Polygon school, we believe that CDT is an important tool in changing and improving the lives of young people. We operate a strong ethos of inclusion and enjoyment, whilst building confidence and raising the self-esteem of our pupils. We believe it is important that our pupils learn as many transferable skills, such as developing good communication skills, teamwork skills, problem-solving skills, creative skills, developing pupils’ imagination, and building their resilience. Our Department aims to provide our pupils with a variety of opportunities to build cultural capital including external competitions creating wider experiences for all.
We believe that CDT promotes SMSC and British values through educating our pupils to think about the impact their designing and making has on the environment and its people. We investigate sustainability and how this is applied to designing new products which are paramount if we are to protect the world’s natural resources. Pupils are also encouraged to grow and develop a sense of social responsibility, mutual respect, and care for each other, this is uppermost in our teaching of acceptable behaviour and the pupil's self-regulation and accountability.
Mutual respect is engendered through the process of group discussions and peer feedback. We empower pupils to take criticism positively and to articulate their views in a respectful and sensitive way.
Key Stage 3 (years 7-9)
The primary objective at this key stage is for our pupils to develop their confidence and interest and basic competence in CDT. We aim to do this by pupils working through a variety of different learning activities. CDT is an inspiring, motivational, rigorous, and practical subject. At this stage, our pupils are encouraged to develop their thought processes through planning, discussion, and developing their practical skills. Projects are linked to long term plans aimed at each pupil to build new skills, also by offering them the chance to be creative and imaginative by producing a variety of products using different mediums.
This is taught through collaborative and team learning. We value all contributions and celebrating these as well as pupil outcomes. We try to instill in pupils that the journey is more important than the outcome because that is where true understanding is achieved.
Pupils will design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge in resistant materials, electronics, textiles, and product design in disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing, and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising, and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
All pupils have the opportunity to complete AQA award units which help to build up a portfolio of certificates that demonstrate their design and practical skills. Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to complete an Entry Level qualification.
Pupils will continue to develop and build on the skills they have learned during KS3, as well as enhance their in-depth knowledge of various materials and the design processes. They will learn to investigate given tasks by analysing a given problem and the consumers; needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing and investigating a range of ideas, products, and developing systems. Pupils will combine their practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, and functionality to find creative solutions to a variety of given problems.
KS4 pupils are encouraged and given the skills to become independent learners who can evaluate and modify their designs and build their projects. Pupils will learn self-evaluation and reflective skills which all contribute to help build their resilience and problem-solving skills.
NCFE Level 1 Award in Creative Studies- Craft
The qualification is graded at Level 1 pass/Merit/Distinction. Distinction*
(equivalent to GCSE grades 4-1)The qualification consists of 4 units that all need to be passed to achieve the external qualification, all units achieved will be certificated:
Pupils will have a mix of theory and practical lessons to research different topics, developing initial ideas, and evaluating them, selecting an idea to build, then work independently demonstrating safe use of equipment and tools.
As a department, we expect positive outcomes for pupils and hope to see an increase in participation levels and engagement across the school. Positive progress can be monitored through; the emotional literacy data, progress in pupils class workbook, achievements of accredited awards, and KS4 qualifications.
We further support our pupils by signposting potential career paths and opportunities for further education in engineering, construction, and motor vehicle maintenance.