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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

Age Related Expectations
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3


“The NHS spends around £6billion a year on diet-related diseases, which is thought in part to be due to poor levels of knowledge about healthy eating in schools and at home.” – Telegraph 2013

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.

“Simple cooking is a fundamental skill that every person should master – it is at the heart of tackling obesity and will enable future generations to understand food, diet and nutrition, and put together healthy meals for their entire lives.” – Ed Balls

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.

Age Related Expectations
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3

Ingredient Lists
Year 5
Year 6A Tuesday Group – Cheese and Onion Round
Year 6A Thursday Group – Cheesy Naan
Year 7 Rotation 2
Year 8 – Rotation 1
Year 8 Rotation 2


Recent Design News
We are proud of a broad and varied curriculum that gives all pupils the opportunity to succeed. Here is a flavour of some of the activities that form part of our regular schedule of events in Design. Click on an event to find out more.

FMS Christmas Bake Off
FMS Set Up for Panto
FMS Create Festive Gingerbread Houses
FMS Funds ‘Let’s Get Cooking’
FMS – On Your Marks, Get Set, Cook!
Year 8 Explore Farm to Fork

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