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Oakridge School & Nursery

Working together to succeed

'Working together to succeed'

Design and Technology

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing and making. 

As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. We strive to instil a love of cooking in pupils, as we believe this can open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity.  Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. As part of our cross-curricular curriculum, cooking has been linked closely with areas being studied in humanities and science.

Teachers take every opportunity to teach design and technology within the context of the Creative Curriculum. Each topic will have a ‘Big Question’ that will be discussed, which encompasses one or more of 6 core themes that runs across all our curriculum subjects;

  1. Democracy
  2. Social Mobility and Aspirations 
  3. Equality and Diversity (Role of Women)
  4. Technology and Progress
  5. Environment
  6. Culture and Society


Cross-curricular links provide children with a secure understanding of the learning taking place. Some examples include making fire engines in KS1 linked to the Great Fire of London topic, designing and making Viking Longboats, creating models of Early Islamic civilisation architecture and building Anderson shelters in KS2.