Design and Technology is a hand on subject where learners experience evaluating, designing and making a variety of products. Design and Technology encourages learners to study their environment, question the world and to think about how and why things work the way they do.
Learners are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination; they design and make products that solve real life problems within a range of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Cooking and Nutrition is a practical subject providing opportunities for all learners to make healthy, balanced, good quality meals, with a focus on creating predominantly savoury dishes. Learners are taught about nutrition so that they can make informed choices about food and are encouraged to consider nutrition and health in their designing of recipes, preparation and cooking of ingredients. Learners are also given opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of where food comes from and how it is produced.
The teaching and learning that takes place within Cooking and Nutrition is directed at individuals becoming independent with regard to food and associated activities, learning skills for life.
Primary key stage one and two
At Landgate, primary learners are assessed against Primary Learning Ladders which encompass The P Scales (stages 1-9) and National Curriculum Year expectations (stages 10-15).
Primary classes participate in one Design Technology session per week and these alternate half termly between Design and Technology and Cooking and Nutrition. Primary Design and Technology is planned and delivered by the lead teacher.
Secondary key stage three four and Post 16
In key stage three, learners are assessed against Flight Paths which are a breakdown of P scales and National Curriculum year expectations. Learners are placed onto a pathway dependent on their Design and Technology development; ensuring personalised learning.
Design and Technology in key stages four and five is planned and delivered around accredited units of work (either AQA;s or WJEC’s) that are suited to learners’ Design and Technology development, but still set challenges.
Within key stages three, four and five Design and Technology is planned and delivered by a secondary D&T teacher, Mrs C. Davies or the class lead for one key stage five class.