Essential Characteristics of a Designer at St. Alban's
• Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
• An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
• The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
• The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
• The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
• A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
• The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
• The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
• A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.
At St. Alban's we use the Essential Curriculum which is built on threshold concepts for long term memory.
The essentials Curriculum follows a simple model as outlined in our
At St Alban's we use the Curriculum Companion for Design and Technology to support our approach.
The Curriculum Companion is designed to aid teachers in helping pupils to form an Design Technology Schema within their long term memories. The Curriculum Companion by Chris Quigley helps the children to reach the milestones at the end of Year 2 , 4 and 6 through knowledge webs and POP tasks (explained below)
Milestones are the goals that pupils are aiming for. At St.Alban's we beleive the route to those goals is not as simple as stating the goal - pupils need a strong schema, based on knowledge - vocabulary and tasks to meet the milestones. The Curriculum companion we use provides teachers with three elements to help the pupils meet the milestones.
- The knowledge needed to build an art and design schema - this is presented in various kknowledge categories
- The vocabulary needed to articulate an understanding of art and design.
- Tasks that help the teacher identify if the children have made that progress -- POP tasks or proof of progress tasks.
The Curriulum Companion for Art and Design is made up of Knowledge webs and Pop Tasks.