Design & Technology
Design & Technology Curriculum Intent
The intent of Design & Technology is to develop student’s creative, technical and practical expertise to allow them to perform all tasks confidently and successfully. Through the teaching of D&T we aim to install a love of design and a respect for all the designers, cultures and influences on the world around them.
Through students learning they will gain an appreciation of the ‘real world issues’ that can be solved by clever design and innovation. They will consider how they as designers and manufacturers can have a positive impact on the physical world through their actions and ideas. Students will use their imagination and technical knowledge to solve problems and consider the needs of others; teaching them to be responsible and caring human beings.
A safe learning environment is fostered for students to be able to take risks with their ideas, build resilience when they face challenges and celebrate their successes. The aim is for students to be able to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products that a marketable to a range of users.
Design & Technology is a fundamental subject that educates students in how to analyse and solve problems, produce high quality solutions and learn how to convert ideas into working products. At the heart of the curriculum in the desire to deliver a broad variety of lessons that prepare our students to be successful in the subject and their wider lives.
Food Preparation & Nutrition Curriculum Intent
The intent of Food Preparation and Nutrition is that students develop a love and appreciation for food. We want students to understand how simple it is to prepare their own food and to understand the impact good food choices can make on health and lifestyle.
Whilst students are developing their knowledge and practical skills required for Food, we aim to expose them to a range of cultures and cuisines not just from the UK but places that students may be less familiar with from across the world. Students developing a respect for food, ingredients and traditions of other cultures through food is fundamental to understanding the world they live in.
They learn about all the main food groups and their nutritional value towards a healthy lifestyle. They learn about food storage and hygiene and to think about food providence e.g. how and where it is produced. They develop a wide range of practical skills in the kitchen preparing, cooking, presenting and evaluating savoury and sweet dishes. We also explore the science behind cooking and why certain foods and ingredients behave like they do.
The Food department is really focused on developing well rounded students who do not just excel academically but who become lifelong learners who appreciate and respect food. Students who are able to cook a meal for their friends and family; students who understand the joy of food and cooking; students who respect the social, moral, ethical and environmental issues that relate to food and students who vow to be a force for positivity for levelling up positive change in the world of food.