In KS2, pupils learn about the importance of good design and how to communicate their own ideas whilst working to a design brief. In the workshop they make useful objects in wood, plastic, card and fabric and learn how to use tools and other equipment safely.
Transition to KS3 means smaller DT and food technology classes as pupils improve their practical skills, gaining confidence in the workshop and for the first time, they are introduced to, and work, in the food room.
In KS3 Food technology pupils follow a practical, hands-on, broad curriculum aimed at developing their cooking and preparation skills. Health and safety, nutrition, healthy eating, cutting and using a knife, preparation and cooking skills are the foundation of all work. There is also an emphasis on seasonality, and understanding where our food comes from. Pupils record their understanding in workbooks, watch cooking demonstrations and do taste testing on a wide range of food from other cultures and countries. Generally, pupils get to take home meals they have prepared and made themselves, at least four times a term.
The product design curriculum in KS3 is thorough in developing workshop skills including sawing, filing, sanding by hand and in providing opportunities to use the free-standing machines for drilling, sanding and cutting. Over the two years, pupils are involved in practical workshop activities that lead to improved use of all tools and techniques as they design products that can be made from plywood, softwood, acrylic and modelling foam. Pupils use knowledge gained through the use of various materials to explore techniques, to improve their skills and to create and analyse products. There is a continual emphasis on 3-D drawings for production and media, including the use of ICT, vacuum forming, and use of the plotter to improve presentation.