Food Mid KS3 Y8 Mainly Designing - Multicultural meals for mates

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D&T Key Resources
Food Mid KS3
Y8 Mainly Designing
Multicultural meals for mates
– 2 hours
First published 2015; updated 2016

In this unit students will investigate designing multicultural meals that are suitable for teenagers. They will develop and understanding of different needs and wants and demonstrate an understanding of the need for a healthier ethnic dish using different research methods, then generate possible design solutions including costs.

Key learning:

  • Considering individual likes and dislikes to develop a suitable savoury food product
  • Adapting standard recipes to meet the need of the consumer


  • Costing a recipe using a spreadsheet
  • Applying knowledge and understanding of cookery methods
  • Applying knowledge of basic nutrition

NC 2014 Learning objectives

  • DA2 Use research including the study of different cultures to identify and understand users’ needs
  • DA8 consider the influence of a range of lifestyle factors and consumer choice
  • MA2 Produce costings using spreadsheets for products they design and make
  • CNB3 How to taste and cook a broader range of ingredients and healthy recipes, accounting for a range of needs, wants and values
  • CNB10 how to store, prepare and cook food safely
  • CNB17 How to cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet

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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.

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