Food & DT Key Stage 4


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 4

Child Development

Programme of Study

Students follow the OCR syllabus.

Specification number: J818

Link to the specification: WWW.OCR.ORG.UK-CAMBRIDGENATIONALS

R018Written examination
Health and well-being for Child Development
Written examination
Health and well-being for Child Development
R019Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years 30 hours 25%
R020Understand the development of a child from birth to five 30 hours 25%
Accreditation StructureLevel 1/2 Distinction, Merit, Pass
Additional Information
Revision sessions
Catch-up or improvement sessionsCareers guidance associated with working with children
How Parents/ Carers can help
Support your daughter with ensuring she has completed homework tasks which will be put on SMHW. Guidance with selecting a child to study under five.Key                      Textbook  Child Care and Development  6th edition  P Minett  ISBN 978-1-444-11713-4  (
If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?
Mrs Haylock
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