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Aquisition of knowledge and skills

Cooking and Nutrition


Whilst studying the cooking and nutrition aspect of D&T, every child in Year 3 researched, designed, made and evaluated the iterative process of creating a healthy pizza. After developing our understanding of the origins of pizza, the making process began!

"Yeast is used to help the dough expand when it goes into the oven, it grows larger in size." - Amy, C3


"My favourite part of the day was when I cut the food using the plastic knife. I cut peppers, chicken and pineapple." - Jake, C4


"I found kneading the dough to be a little tricky, I'm going to practise this at home so I get better at it. Then, I'll be able to make my own healthy pizza at home whenever I want to with my mum and dad!" - Riley, C3

Moving pictures


To begin with, we learnt about the history of moving pictures including exploring some of the first moving picture books including exploring simple pop up books. We then looked at examples of levers and linkages in order to develop an understanding of how moving pictures work and how we could use them to create our very own moving pictures. 

"I enjoyed learning about the technical knowledge before we created our own moving images - it was so much fun!"- Keara, C2


"We learned about sliders, levers and linkages. I liked that we could design our own cards and decide which mechanisms to use."- Callum, C2


"After evaluating my product, I decided that next time I would include an extra pivot so that I could have another star shooting across the sky."- Ava, C2

Making a Healthy Pizza


As part of the cooking and nutrition aspect of the D&T curriculum, each child in Year 3 made a healthy pizza. To begin with, we explored the origin of pizza and where the name for the 'margherita pizza' came from. 

Once we had an understanding of the origins of pizzas, we learnt about the process of making a pizza which includes: making the dough, leaving the dough to proof, adding toppings, and leaving it to cook. 

"I chose to use tomatoes and olives on my pizza to ensure that I have a healthy and varied diet." - Cody, C2


"I loved making my Pizza! My favourite part was testing the food and preparing it by myself as I've never done this before." - Isla, C2