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Ferndown Middle School
Peter Grant Way Ferndown Dorset BH22 9UP


Design & Technology

Design and Technology is the inspiring, creative and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world.

At FMS the pupils are encouraged to use creativity and imagination to design and make a variety of products that solve real and relevant problems. The pupils are encouraged to take design risks, be resourceful, innovative, enterprising and creative.

Pupils use processes, machinery and hand tools to cut and shape different materials and to create quality products based upon their own designs. The pupils learn and develop their skills through making and creating.

“Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: It is an inventive, fun activity.” -James Dyson


Food Technology is challenging, creative and practical; an essential life skill which prepares the young people of Ferndown Middle School for life after education and beyond.

In food technology students are taught about diet and nutrition, food hygiene and safety awareness in practical situations. Practical food preparation and handling skills are a key aspect of our Food Technology curriculum, as is teaching them about ingredients their functions and uses, so they can make their own informed decisions. Food Technology embraces the basic principles of food education, but pupils are also encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills through problem-solving and having the opportunity to celebrate creativity, in a safe and supportive environment.

At last, the value of developing food knowledge and cooking skills has been recognised at policy level, as being important in its own right as a life skill. The pupils at Ferndown Middle School experience a challenging and rigorous Food curriculum, which will fully prepare them not only for their GCSE, but also for life.

“Tell me and I forget, show me and I may remember, let me do it, and I learn; learning through making works.” – Prue Leith.