For Design and Technology (D&T) in Years 7 – 9 students spend a two lesson per week, for one term per year in each of Construction, Food and Nutrition and Textiles.
Year 7 outline
In Food and Nutrition, there is an emphasis on healthy eating, focusing on the benefits of eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, the Eatwell Guide; and 8 Tips for a Healthy Diet. Students make fruit salad, toasties, soup, flapjack, sweet and savoury scones, fruit muffins and shortbread. The students learn about food hygiene and safety, use of hob oven and grill, and shopping skills.
Year 8 outline
In Food and Nutrition there is a continued emphasis on healthy eating, with a focus on energy balance and in particular the nutritional needs of teenagers. Students learn how to make a variety of sauce based dishes such as Bolognese, Italian tomato sauce and macaroni cheese. They investigate carbohydrate commodities, and bake healthier option cakes and puddings. In addition, they learn to make shortcrust pastry. Students create their own sauce recipe dishes, to meet the current nutritional guidelines on energy balance.
Year 9 outline
Students continue learning about nutrition. They examine the importance of reducing sugar, and the need to include iron rich foods in their diets. Students make multi-cultural recipes such as bread based pizza, curry and stir fry before selecting and cooking a recipe from a named culture and making adaptations to make it healthier. The final (not so healthy!) project is based on baking, where students experiment with glace, butter-cream, fondant and melted chocolate processes before using their creativity to design and make an ‘Ultimate Cup-Cake’ for a class competition. They learn about food safety, quality control, planning, and the functions of ingredients.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups of 22 students.
The lessons are fun and varied, with an emphasis on practical activities with associated knowledge and skill development. Students will most often provide ingredients for their cooking of family style dishes, which can then be taken home to share and enjoy.