“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
In the Food Department your child will be challenged and motivated to be creative and develop a greater knowledge of what it means to have a healthy mind, body and soul. We introduce new foods to our pupils and encourage them to think ‘out-of-the-box’ with new design ideas and by creating new recipes. They will develop a range of practical cooking skills that will teach them valuable life skills and allow them to produce healthy, balanced products that can be enjoyed.
All pupils in the school access Food Technology lessons and will take part in practical cooking from Year 1 to Year 11.
What pupils will learn
Key Stage 3
Healthy Living/ Basic Cooking skills/ Multi-Element Dishes
Food Commodities/ Food Choice and Nutrition
Key Stage 4 – Level 1/2 Technical Award in Hospitality and Catering
What can I do with a qualification in Hospitality and catering?
Studying Hospitality and Catering at KS4 can lead on to further study at A Level and university or alternatively a vocational route into the Hospitality and Catering sector. Not only will this qualification provide life skills but it can also lead into careers in the hospitality industry which may include managerial roles in catering establishments, chef or food production roles, food stylist, dietetics, or food manufacture.
Key Stage 4 – GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
What can I do with a qualification in Food and Nutrition?
Studying Food Preparation and Nutrition at KS4 can lead on to further study at A Level and onto university. Not only will this qualification provide life skills but it can also lead into careers such as Dietetics, Food Development and Manufacture or also food production.
What learners need to be successful
In Food Technology, pupils need a positive attitude and a pen or pencil to write with. Sometimes, they will need additional ingredients if the food they are making requires them.
Successful learners need good team work skills, the ability to follow a recipe and work independently, numeracy skills to work out costings and scale-up recipes and good research skills.
How pupils’ learning will be assessed
Key Stage 1 to 3 pupils are assessed on their practical skills and their abilities to follow recipes, work independently and hygienically, and be organised, using equipment safely. They will also be assessed on their use of sensory vocabulary and design ideas. Formative assessment takes place regularly, giving pupils feedback on what they can do to improve their work and understanding.
There will be written assessments every four weeks. The work will be regularly marked leading up to these assessments and pupils will be provided with verbal feedback weekly. They are given DIRT (directed independent reflection time) at the start of each lesson to reflect on previous learning and make improvements. They will be expected to act on feedback and annotate their feedback logs with comments based on their reflection.
Key Stage 4 option subjects will also be formally assessed through coursework projects and the end of year exam. Each week, pupils will be provided with verbal feedback and will reflect and respond to this feedback and make improvements. They will also have ample opportunities to peer and self-assess their work.
Examinations for food-based subjects will take place in May and June so ongoing revision is important. Some revision materials will be provided for the pupils, with mock examinations taking place in the lead-up to the exam period.
LINK: Food a Fact of Life
LINK: BBC GCSE Bitesize
LINK: NHS Healthy Eating
Years 9 to 11 will receive regular homework; this may be in the form of revision or activities to further develop their learning.
Pupils can attend catch-up sessions as part of period 6 to assist with completing coursework or leading up to exams.
The Rotary Young Chef of the Year competition runs from September to February. This is for pupils in Year 9 and above. Pupils need enthusiasm for cooking and the ability to demonstrate a range of practical skills to be suitable candidates. Chosen pupils will have a ‘cook off’ to compete for a place at club level. The finalist from the school competition will then enter the district competition against other schools. This is an excellent opportunity and previous candidates have thoroughly enjoyed it.
How parents can help with their child’s learning
Parents can support pupils with extended learning projects and revision, whilst also supporting through their child attending catch up sessions and revision classes and encouraging them to complete their work to the best of their ability.
Cooking with children at home is an excellent activity that will allow you to spend quality time together. Many easy recipes can be found for free on the internet and buying ingredients often works out cheaper than buying a ready-made product. There are also lots of how-to videos on the internet to help learn cooking techniques together.
As children get older, they can be encouraged to take part in more and more cooking activities as they become more able to use equipment such as cookers safely. Examples might include making breakfasts and sandwiches, heating soup or beans and peeling vegetables.