At Key Stage 2 Design and Technology offers students the opportunity to develop their designing and making skills. Students are encouraged to explore and evaluate existing products and structures and to plan and create designs of their own. Through this subject, students will be acquiring and refining their practical and creative skills – working safely with materials, components, tools and processes – as well as applying cross-curricular skills such as questioning and explaining, interpreting and evaluating, fair testing and measuring. Students will also develop their use of ICT, using controls to make things happen and handling data.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students build on the skills they acquired during Key Stage 2 and will study Design and Technology alongside Food and Nutrition. In each subject area they will design, make and evaluate their own products. In Design and Technology students develop skills in all areas of the design process and learn to value the world they live and work in, one that considers sustainable designing and making. They are taught to consider real problems and how the design process can help them in analysing, researching, designing, modelling, developing and evaluating possible solutions to problems. In Food and Nutrition students follow basic recipes with increasing independence, learn about a range of cooking processes such as selecting and preparing ingredients, using utensils and electrical equipment. They learn about the importance of healthy eating and the basic principles of nutrition.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students follow the GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition scheme of work. A wide range of skills are taught to cover all basic food preparation skills such as fruit and vegetable preparation, meat preparation and cookery, up to more advanced skills such as sauces, pastries, enriched bread dough making and shaping. This will allow students to be able to independently produce a range of dishes both sweet and savoury.