Science, Computing, Design Technology and Food Technology Curriculum Overview

Science at Sandside Lodge School is about developing students’ ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills.

Computing resources have the potential to extend students’ learning. They provide opportunities to come up with ideas, try things out and problem solve in a responsive environment. 

Food technology at Sandside Lodge School allows  students to develop their life skills.  These skills aim to equip students with the knowledge to support them to be as independent as possible throughout their lives. 

Design Technology and making usable objects gives students a real sense of achievement. They benefit from experiencing their own progress, the practical application of their ideas and seeing the functionality of the object they have made.  Engagement with the task improves attention span, patience, persistence, skills and commitment.

In all the subjects listed knowledge and understanding is drawn from across the curriculum and helps to develop and enable numeracy, literacy and communication skills that can be applied in practical ways. This consolidates skills from other lessons and reinforces learning with positive outcomes.

Attitudes
  • Encouraging the development of positive attitudes to science.
  • Building on our pupil’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
  • Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and responsibility.
  • Providing our students with an enjoyable experience of science, so
    that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and may be motivated
    to study science further.
Skills
  • Giving our students an understanding of scientific processes.
  • Helping our students to acquire practical scientific skills.
  • Developing the skills of investigation – including observing,
    measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating,
    interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
  • Developing the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
  • Developing the use of ICT in investigating and recording.
  • Enabling our students to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data.

Teaching Science

Science has attainment targets and a statement of breadth of study.

These are:

  • Plants
  • Animals, and Humans
  • Everyday Materials
  • States of Matter
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Seasonal Changes
  • Forces and Magnets
  • Electricity
Design    Students will:
  • evaluate existing objects to give them a starting point for their own designs. This could mean handling an object, taking it apart and examining the pieces.
  • draw or sketch objects to help to understand how they are made.
  •  research product designers (where appropriate).
Make    Students will:
  • follow or plan a sequence of actions to make a object.
  • select materials suitable to the object.
  • use a range of tools and equipment when making their objects.
  • use fine and gross motor skills to make objects.
Evaluate    Students will:
  • evaluate the finished product to say if it meets their design plan.

Food Technology at Sandside Lodge School allows for students to develop their life skills. 

The key areas are:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Cooking
  • The journey of food.

These skills aim to equip students with the knowledge to support them to be as independent as possible throughout their lives. 

We look at what the students themselves like to eat as this motivates them.

We teach the skills and approaches for them to work as independently as possible and use equipment safely.

We use skills learn in other areas, such as:

  • reading a recipe carefully
  • weighing and measuring
  • reading digital and analogue clocks
  • fine and gross motor skills
  • team work
  • resilience
  • working safely
  • evaluating the food created

 

Computing is cross-curricular and comes in to many subjects as a research or presenting skill.

We develop students’ digital skills, encouraging them to handle and communicate information, solve problems, pose questions and be creative in using digital technology.

Where appropriate we aim to cover:

  • publishing
  • presenting
  • coding
  • managing data
  • art and design
  • music and sound
  • film and animation

For many students computing is a key part of their communication, using devices to make their needs, wants and choices known to others. This is key to our Total Communication Environment and English skills.

 

For all the subjects listed in this area the emphasis is on exploration, creative approaches, research, and skills.

We support students to think differently, take risks and build resilience when things don’t go to plan. Subjects like these support team work, problem solving and fine motor skills.

 

Science

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Design Technology

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Food Technology

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