Food & DT Key Stage 3


Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

We aim to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently. To build and apply knowledge and understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality products for a wide range of users. To be able to evaluate and test their ideas and work of others. To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn to cook a wide range of dishes.

Teaching and Learning

A range of methods and teaching styles are used to deliver exciting lessons. The skills and knowledge components associated with the course are delivered through project work. They may work individually, in small groups or teams to solve problems. Students learn theory details of products and processes by understanding the activity first hand. ICT is used to supplement this process – students are issued with a range of worksheets designed to improve understanding of each topic. Power Points and video clips are also used. Girls will also use 3D printers, a laser cutter, and scanners.

Assessment for learning                            

There will be regular feedback using ‘closing the gap’ sheets on each unit of work that is marked. Students will be able to improve and reflect on their work.

Success criteria for assessment will be clearly explained to the students. Students will be actively involved in the assessment process through self and peer assessment.

Home Learning

Students are issued with differentiated homework challenges and are able to select the task. They are closely related to classwork. These challenges involve different kinds of activities, such as research, discussing a topic, designing, drawing, learning and preparing ingredients.

Homework is recorded in the student planner and on ‘Show my Homework’ website.


Aprons are required for Food Technology and D&T.

Containers to take food products home.

An accurate set of scales for weighing ingredients in preparation for lessons.

Key Stage 3

Design & Technology

Programme of Study

Year 7Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
FoodDeveloping Practical Skills
Food Preparation
Developing Practical Skills
Developing Practical Skills
D&T Electronic Christmas cards Clock Project Clock Project
Year 8Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Food Healthy eating, developing practical skills and making a variety of products. Healthy eating, developing practical skills and making a variety of products. Healthy eating, developing practical skills and making a variety of products.
D&TPicture frame project using recycled materialsPicture frame project using recycled materials Picture frame project using recycled materials
Additional Information
STEM activitiesFood club in 6 weeks blocks for each year group
How Parents/ Carers can help
Parents are encouraged to take an interest in their daughters work and particularly support her with the homework challenges so that they are completed in full and on time. Ensure your daughter has the necessary equipment and ingredients for lessons.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mrs Haylock

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