The National Curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils understand food and nutrition and have opportunities to learn to cook. In meeting this aim schools without access to a teaching kitchen, nearby kitchen or mobile kitchen may have to adapt what they teach accordingly to the facilities available.
It also aims to ensure that, working in fields such as materials (including textiles), horticulture, electrical and electronics, construction, and mechanics, they:
- develop valuable practical skills and use these safely with a range of resistant and non-resistant materials, drawing media, tools and equipment, in both 2-D and 3-D
- design and make well-crafted products that are fit for purpose
- develop and use a range of common practical skills, in contexts such as mechanical, diagnostic and repair tasks
- understand and, where appropriate, use the design cycle of planning, developing prototypes, modifying, making and evaluating
- know about good design, everyday products and use correct technical terminology
- investigate the rich history of design and technological innovation in Britain and further afield, from the Industrial Revolution onwards, as well as current innovations.