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Design & Technology
Design & Technology

The Design and Technology curriculum at Blackminster has been planned to promote analysis, evaluation and creativity. It is taught as a separate subject in purpose built, well equipped rooms by specialist teachers and allows students to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to life and employment in a fast changing world. Students are helped to develop their imagination, sensitivity and creative responses to a wide range of aesthetic experiences.

Throughout their time at Blackminster students work within the Resistant Materials and Food Technology areas of Design and Technology.
Within the Resistant Materials facet of the subject they are introduced to and guided in the use of workshop tools and machinery, developing small motor skills, identifying and managing hazards to ensure that they are able to work safely, and evolving the confidence to work independently.

Graphic skills are also promoted to enable students to record, develop and communicate ideas clearly on paper in addition to supporting technical vocabulary so that they are able to express and describe and technical processes. Confidence to record and communicate ideas also allows students to flourish creatively with individual work, and work positively and constructively in paired and group work, developing the cooperative and social skills needed when working as a team member in problem solving activities.

Food Technology

The Cooking and Nutrition curriculum is divided into four key areas Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical Knowledge. It is taught as a separate subject in purpose built, well equipped room by a specialist teacher and allows students to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to life and employment in a fast changing world. Students are helped to develop their imagination, sensitivity and creative responses to a wide range of aesthetic experiences.

Throughout their time, pupils build on practical skills with handling food, working with others and working to tight time constraints. The overall focuses are:
• Year 6 : Eatwell Plate and looking at a balanced and varied diet
• Year 7: Dietary requirements of different age groups, medical conditions and life style choices (diets)
• Year 8: Seasonality, availability of ingredients and food miles to adapt recipes
Some of the products pupils make in Cooking and Nutrition that enable them to access the curriculum are as follows:



Here at Blackminster we promote the use of good, standard English and pupils are taught how to write a recipe using the correct structure and format – this contributes to their overall assessment in Cooking and Nutrition.

Resistant Materials