At St Leonard’s Lower School, we are growing and learning together with God’s Love. Our Christian values are embedded in all that we do.
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We intend to teach Design and Technology as an inspiring and practical subject. Children will use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Where possible we will try to link our design topics to other areas of learning (History, Geography, Science and Art).
As well as designing, making and evaluating products, pupils will also be taught about cooking and nutrition. We believe that instilling a love of cooking in pupils will enable them to creatively become independent, gaining steps and preparing them to look after themselves. We believe that it is important that pupils learn the importance of a balanced diet and food hygiene.
In KS1 pupils will be taught how to design, make and evaluate, but also to gain specific technical knowledge such as exploring how things can be made stronger and using mechanisms. In KS2 pupils will also design, make and evaluate products, but their technical knowledge will develop and build on existing skills to strengthen and reinforce more complex structures, use mechanical systems in their products, understand and use electrical systems in their products and apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.
Cooking and nutrition in KS1 will teach pupils to use basic principles of a healthy, varied diet to prepare and ensure pupils understand where food comes from. KS2 pupils will develop their knowledge of balanced diets and apply their skills from KS1 in order to prepare and cook a variety of dishes using a range of cooking techniques. KS2 pupils should also be taught to understand seasonality and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.
We believe that teaching pupils in practical and creative lessons how to design, make and evaluate products will help to prepare them for life after school. We believe that we are teaching life-long skills of how to craft and make products for themselves and also vital skills in how to cook a balanced, healthy diet. 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.