Curriculum Information for Design and Technology inc. Food Preparation and Nutrition

In D&T at THS students learn and acquire a wide range of practical skills. These skills are not only essential life skills but are a sound foundation for a multitude of job opportunities that are both relevant for providing our students with local employability options as well as a necessity for a prosperous and successful nation.  Students over the course of KS3 develop a range of basic skills including Health, safety and hygiene, designing, cutting, shaping, constructing, combining to producing complete outcomes.  Skills acquired prepare students to be able to both design and make in wood as well as cook healthy, balanced and nutritional meals. KS3 D&T at THS also offers a technical range of designing and making skills for entry into a level 2 course of study.

In D&T Students follow SOL in two disciplines, food preparation and nutrition and design and technology. Over the course of KS3 students gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and ingredients. They learn about the source, form and functionality of these materials as well as how their use impacts upon the environment. Students are taught about healthy eating and nutrition and about the direct relationship between good diet and good health.  Students are encouraged to consider that their choices as consumers both now and in the future have a part to play in having a sustainable future for the planet. From selecting and using seasonal ingredients to recycling, reusing and reinventing. Students are taught through a variety of design and make projects and stand-alone lessons which have a strong focus on teaching and delivering the knowledge and understanding through a wide range of practical activities.

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Students learn core concepts including health and safety at the start of new projects. They are taught through project work with a planned progression of skills development incorporating elements of design and functions/ purpose of design and solution. Learning is sequenced through the following the natural design process and the level of skill and outcome that can be achieved across year 7, 8 and 9.

Students are actively engaged in the learning process. Students can be expected to develop their knowledge and understanding through progressive practical skills development. This can be through either a series of focused practical tasks or through a design and make project using a range of different resistant materials.

Students are assessed by their practical skills, ability to research, design and make products and through knowledge tests.

Students take part in a planned ‘sustainability’ project at the end of each term. Afterschool enrichment exists in the form of revision and catch-up clubs.

There are a wide range of courses and employment opportunities that follow on from successful learning across D&T subjects. For example, vocational training courses such as construction or hospitality and catering. Or further university courses in architecture, engineering, food production, science and nutrition.