Food Mid KS3 Y8 Design and Make - Design and make your school lunch

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D&T Key Resources
Food Mid KS3
Design and Make
Design and make your school lunch – 8
First published 2015; updated 2016

Working within national constraints of the School Food Standards students will design an appropriate main meal for school lunches. They will know how to plan, prepare, adapt and cook a suitable meal for a given need, understanding the requirements for it to be nutritious and healthy. Practical sessions include adapting, preparing and evaluating their dishes against set criteria. They will also understand the benefits of a balanced school lunch and suggest further recipe ideas compared to the Eatwell Guide group of foods.

Key Learning:

  • Understanding the constraints associated with production of school meals
  • Understanding of a wider range of ingredients and cookery methods
  • Costing and nutritional analysis of recipes


  • Preparation and cooking of a variety of ingredients
  • Application of good food safety practices
  • Use of a wider range of equipment
  • Research and trialling of suitable dishes
  • Handling high risk food

NC 2014 Learning objectives

  • CNB1 The importance of a healthy and varied diet as depicted in the Eatwell Guide and eight tips for healthy eating
  • CNB10 How to store, prepare and cook food safely and hygienically
  • CNB16 How to adapt and use their own recipes
  • CNB17 How to cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
  • DA8 Consider the influences of a range of lifestyle factors and consumer choices
  • EA1 Evaluate their products against their original specification and identify ways of improving them
  • MA2 Produce costings using spreadsheets for products they design and make

 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.

 This item is not available to purchase using Curriculum Credits.

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