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This Charter helps to implement the intent of the art & design curriculum every lesson by every teacher. 

Textiles Secondary Curriculum Intent 

The Textiles curriculum at Fulwood Academy is designed to prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences of Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise 

Students will study core technical, designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth. 

Students will be encouraged to: 

  • Demonstrate their understanding that all design and technological activity takes place within contexts that influence the outcomes of design practice 
  • Develop realistic design proposals as a result of the exploration of design opportunities and users’ needs, wants and values 
  • Use imagination, experimentation and combine ideas when designing 
  • Develop the skills to critique and refine their own ideas whilst designing and making 
  • Communicate their design ideas and decisions using different media and techniques, as appropriate for different audiences at key points in their designing 
  • Develop decision making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and resources when managing their own project work 
  • Develop a broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and practical skills to develop high quality, imaginative and functional prototypes 
  • Be ambitious and open to explore and take design risks in order to stretch the development of design proposals, avoiding clichéd or stereotypical responses 
  • Consider the costs, commercial viability and marketing of products 
  • Demonstrate safe working practices in design and technology 

Pupils should aim to:  

  • Develop creative, technical & practical expertise. 
  • Build and apply knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make products for a range of users 
  • Critique and evaluate ideas & products. 

Pupils should be taught to:  

  • use research and exploration, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs 
  • identify and solve their own design problems. 
  • develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations 
  • use a variety of approaches to generate creative ideas. 
  • develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches. 
  • select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely. 
  • analyse the work of past and present designers and others to develop and broaden their understanding 

Implementing the intent through the Charter: 

  • Ensure all lessons begin with a Do It Now Activity that encourages short, medium and long-term recall, so that key links can be made between the intertwining aspects of the subject. 
  • Ensure that learning objectives are clear and concise, as well as making links to the ‘Big Picture’.  
  • Model key artistic, technology and creative concepts and techniques to inspire students and secure understanding.  
  • Use key subject specific language to enable pupils to articulate creative concepts with accuracy in both the spoken and written word.  
  • Use a range of effective questioning strategies to draw out deeper understanding of key concepts. 
  • Build in regular opportunities to check for understanding during the lesson, so that misconceptions can be identified and further progress made. 
  • Check that new learning is being retained to the working memory at the start and end of lessons. 
  • Ensure pupils take pride in their work and provide clear evidence of development and understanding of knowledge and skills.