Food Early KS3Y7 Mainly Making - Practical Skills Building

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D&T Key Resources
Early KS3 – Mainly Making
Practical skills building – 8 hours
First published 2015; updated 2016

This covers the introduction to the kitchen environment, food safety and safe working, establishing routines and building basic culinary skills. It considers at food safety through personal hygiene and the 4 Cs, as well as healthy eating principles. Practical lessons have students making baked beans on toast, a fruit salad, ratatouille and bolognaise.

Key Learning:

  • Principles of food safety: the 4Cs and basic bacteriology
  • Principles and application of health and safety in a kitchen environment
  • Introduction to equipment and utensils
  • Healthy eating: the Eatwell Guide and eight tips


  • Knife handling skills: bridge hold and claw grip
  • Use of hob, grill and oven.
  • Heat control, simmering, dry frying
  • Dough making

NC 2014 Learning objectives

  • CNB10 How to store, prepare and cook food safely and hygienically
  • CNB12 How to select and prepare ingredients
  • CNB13 How to use utensils and electrical equipment
  • CNB1 The importance of a healthy and varied diet as depicted in the Eatwell Guide and eight tips for healthy eating
  • MB7 Follow procedures for safety and hygiene and understand the process for Risk Assessment
  • EA2 Actively involve others in the testing of products

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 learned 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.

Curriculum Credits cannot be used to purchase this item.

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