Design Technology which also includes Food, is concerned with the investigation and selection of materials and equipment to develop the students’ designing and making skills. The evaluation of current products and self-assessment are skills that are also encouraged.
Key Stage 1&2 students have lessons every week in the school workshop and follow the Technology programme of study from the International Primary Curriculum. The topics they work on include resistant materials and textiles and also the introduction of some basic electronics. Key Stage 3 students follow the national curriculum and access this via a series of focused practical assignments that may be adapted to allow all students to achieve in line with their abilities. In addition to this there is a thriving Enterprise scheme run with Key Stage 4&5 students to enable them to gain an understanding of the principles of setting up and running a small business. Key Stage 4 students have weekly Food input and the ‘License to Cook’ programme is used during the lessons. These students also follow the ASDAN Food Wise Short course curriculum to help them learn about budgeting, independent cooking and healthy living.
Students at St Joseph’s have been working together, collaborating with families, staff and in particular the food technology team, and are proud to announce publication of our St Joseph’s Recipe Book. All the recipes in our cookbook are also written with Makaton descriptions making it easy to use.