Purpose of study
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils 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 and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming 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. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
Look at the table below to see what each year group studies across the year.
“Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment and creativity.”
Over the last few years we have worked in collaboration with the SIL Food Advisory team to ensure that our children are taught skills which enable them to cook recipes whilst also applying principles of nutrition and health eating. Cross curricular links have ensured that all our lessons are taught with curriculum intent, implementation and impact.
Each year group from Nursery to Year 6 has benefitted from these lessons and they have been very successful across the school. The children’s food technology skills have improved because of the progression of skills planned throughout each year group and the children really look forward to the sessions.