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Design and Technology

Curriculum Intent

Design and Technology is a valuable and practical subject which allows our students to contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves as well as their local and global communities. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of different contexts, considering their own, and others’ needs, wants and values. The curriculum combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems. It can improve analysis, problem solving, practical capability and evaluation skills and students are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. We aim, where ever possible, to link to other disciplines such as Maths, Science, Computing and Art.

Design and Technology – Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 

Curriculum Map - DT

Curriculum Map - DT Food & Nutrition

Golden Threads - Knowledge


All KS3 students are encouraged to use subject terminology as they evaluate their dishes under these headings:

  • Appearance
  • Texture
  • Taste
  • Aroma

Golden Threads - Diversity


The subject of food allows a very diverse approach to be followed.

Y7 and 8 investigate food miles, seasonality and local produce. This encourages students to think about where their food comes from and the different cultures that it reflects.

Y9 students research different dietary needs and consider how to maintain a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.

Golden Threads - Cultural Capital

Cultural Capital

Y7 and 8 consider where food is produced and how dishes reflect different cultures.
Y9 students are encouraged to discover recipes from different cultures and to compare these to dishes they are more familiar with.

Golden Threads - Vocabulary


All KS3 students soon discover that Literacy is an important part of all Food and Nutrition lessons.

Students are encouraged to write their own recipes and develop evaluating tools to discuss the WWW. and EBI
(What went well and Even better if!)