Design and Technology

Design and Technology Statement of Intent


At Shanklea we believe that Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. As they progress through school more resilient materials are introduced for them to work with in construction tasks.  In addition, construction kits are used to allow them to test ideas and model a range of mechanisms. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.  Throughout all of their work health and safety is given prominence, so that the children develop an awareness of their own safety and the safety of others.


Cooking and Nutrition Statement of Intent


As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating; instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the greatest expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.


Subject Content


Key Stage 1


Pupils are taught:

Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.

Understand where food comes from.


Key Stage 2


Pupils are taught:

Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.

Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.

Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.