Food Early KS3Y7 Mainly Designing - Catering for Needs

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D&T Key Resources 
Early KS3 – Mainly Designing
Catering for needs – 2 hours
First published 2015; updated 2016

Generating food products to meet the needs of the consumer. This considers consumer needs and choices and how to plan diets for children, teenagers, the elderly, vegetarians, and medical and religious needs. It considers adapting recipes using alternative ingredients. In the practical session students are asked to adapt a lasagne to meet the needs of a vegetarian consumer.

Key Learning:

  • Identifying the needs of the consumer
  • Factors effecting individual consumer choice


  • Adapting existing recipes to meet a need
  • Applying knowledge of safe working practice

NC 2014 Learning objectives

  • CNB16 How to adapt and use their own recipes
  • CNB3 How to taste and cook a broader range of ingredients and healthy recipes, accounting for a range of needs, wants and values
  • CAN4 That people choose different types of food and that this may be influenced by availability, season, need, cost, where food is produced, culture and religion
  • DA8 Consider the influence of a range of life style factors and consumers’ choices when designing products
  • CNB7 How to use a broader range of preparation techniques and methods when cooking, e.g. stir frying, steaming, blending
  • CNB10 How to store, prepare and cook food safely and hygienically

Free resource also available:  Learning Planner and Assessing Without Levels - Teachers' Guide 

D&T Key Resources

These Design and Technology Key Resources form part of a KS3 plan for D&T learning and a project bank from which you can choose to populate your school’s learning plan. Other resources in the plan cover curriculum areas of Textiles, Systems and Control and Product Design.

These resources have been developed to help teachers who are looking to move their schemes of work from craft-based focused projects, where the craft outcome is the critical factor, towards planning D&T learning units that focus on students’ learning in design and technology.

The resources are designed to enable you to either use the full KS3 learning programme or to plan your own using these available units from the bank. You can use these units with others from the ever growing bank available on the D&T Association website or you can design your own to fit your school’s requirements.

Each learning unit has been designed by starting with selected learning objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum. From here the units have been developed with tasks, activities and experiences which provide opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate what they have learned. Furthermore assessment opportunities have been 'designed in' where teachers can assess whether students have learnt what the unit has set out to teach them. To make them easier to reference in medium and short term plans they have been coded DB1, MA2, MB7 etc. A full reference table of coded learning objectives is included in this pack.

Across all material components of D&T resources have been developed for Early, Mid, and Late Key Stage 3 and are of varying lengths, each with a different theme and approaching the activities from a different learning focus:

  • Mainly Designing            two to five hours
  • Mainly Making                three to four hours
  • Design and Make            six to eight hours
  • Technology in Society    two hours



Each resource pack comprises:

  • Unit of work
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Self assessment worksheets
  • Homework sheets
  • Support resources

Units can be purchased as individual items or as sets across early, mid or late KS3, or as a full set covering the whole of KS3.

This item is not available to purchase using Curriculum Credits.

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