Welcome to the D&T Department

“Give a man a fish, and he will be hungry again tomorrow; teach him to catch a fish, and he will be richer all his life.”

Food is a vital part of our daily lives and is essential for life. As our students become adults and have busy lives, it is easy to choose food which has been ready prepared. However, it is more nutritious and often cheaper to cook simple, delicious food.

At Toot Hill School, students develop their knowledge and understanding of nutrition, healthy eating, food preparation, hygiene, cooking techniques, and sensory characteristics.

We;

Purposefully give our students vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

Develop understanding that will allow students to become discriminating consumers of food products, enabling them to participate responsibly in society in an active and informed manner.

We educate our students to demonstrate integrity and encourage them to understand the environmental factors which affect the inequalities in food distribution on a global scale and give them an understanding of the need to minimise ‘food waste’ starting with their own practise.

Encourage the development of complex skills and resilience in a safe environment, allowing students to demonstrate determination and act on feedback.

Allow students to explore a number of multicultural perspectives through food. Students will enhance their understanding, appreciation and acceptance of people from a variety of cultural backgrounds through the preparation of food from different countries.

Empower students to enable them to follow a recipe and substitute ingredients and cooking methods as appropriate, demonstrating an understanding of food choices e.g. veganism, allergies and healthy eating.

Encourage our students to develop an awareness and acceptance of diversity within our community.

Our ambition is that through Food Technology, students are able to explore the richness, pleasure and variety that food adds to life.

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future."

Robert L. Peters

At the core of Design and Technology is creativity and imagination. Our desire is that students will learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Design and Technology is a practical and valuable subject that enables children and young people to contribute actively to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and country. Our subject teaches them to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable.

Our long-term aim is to produce young adults who are adaptable, resilient, creative and well equipped to take their place in a changing society. We strive to foster a distinctive and dynamic partnership between students and staff in the department through our level of care, support and professionalism.

We aim to:

Develop imaginative and original thought.

To promote the development of curiosity, enquiry, initiative, ingenuity, respect, reflection, determination and pride.

To foster awareness, understanding and expertise in those areas of creative thinking which can be expressed and developed through investigation, planning, designing, making and evaluating.

To encourage the acquisition of a body of knowledge applicable to solving practical / technological problems operating through processes of analysis, synthesis and realisation.

To stimulate the development of a range of communication skills which are central to the creative process in order to convey effective design thinking.

To encourage technological awareness, foster attitudes of co-operation and social responsibility, and develop abilities to enhance the quality of the Environment.

Develop the power of creativity through the process of investigation, analysis, designing, making and evaluation, both as an individual and as a group member.

Enable an awareness of and provide opportunities for the use of new technologies to help with the realisation of creative ideas.

Develop the art of constructive criticism and the skills of self and group assessment.

Encourage a safe working practice within all areas of Technology.

Our ambition is that we equip students with the confidence to take risks, the resilience to persevere and the problem solving skills to overcome difficulties both within the curriculum and within the wider world.

September 2021

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