Design and Technology

Our Design and Technology curriculum aims to equip children with skills for life. Projects enable children to expand their knowledge and understanding of production as well as developing their ability to think creatively, solve problems, take risks and be resourceful, innovating and enterprising.

Across all year groups, children design and make something with a purpose. Projects are often cross-curricular and support a broad range of subject knowledge, drawing on ideas from subjects including Science, History, Geography, Music and Art.  A design project will reflect the current learning and will have a practical use or an aesthetic outcome.

At Drapers’ Maylands Primary School, we provide opportunities to explore different types of food and drink, looking at the ingredients they are made from and the preparation and cooking processes involved. The children apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet as well as developing an understanding of seasonality and knowing where and how a variety of ingredients are grown.

‘Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn-I love it!’ Jamie Oliver

Food Technology at Maylands is designed for children to develop skills for cooking (chopping, grating, slicing etc) and nutritional knowledge whilst having fun. In our purpose built Design Technology room, there are sinks and ovens so that children learn to prepare meals and other items often linked to their class studies. From simple cutting to more advance culinary skills, the children at Maylands develop the essential skills of the kitchen.

Children begin to learn the principles of food science and the confidence to explore food as a creative craft, developing a passion for their culinary flair and vital life skills.

At Maylands we passionately believe in the importance that the children understand where different types of foods come from. We grow and harvest our own fruit and vegetables in the garden beds and orchard, supporting the children’s understanding of what makes a sustainable future.

Throughout the year all children learn new skills and practice those previously taught, exploring foods from the community and wider world. This is celebrated in the summer with a Maylands’ MasterChef Competition where children from Reception to Year 6 compete for the prodigious title.