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Design and Technology - Food

Key Stage 3

As part of their rotation within food, students are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.  We hope this will instilling a love of cooking and also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity.  Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables students to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Throughout Key Stage 3, students are encouraged to use their creativity and opinions in their practical work.  The majority of Food Technology lessons contain practical elements as students are assessed on their ability to prepare and cook a range of foods safely and hygienically.  All students will cook  a variety of both sweet and savoury dishes to equip them with the skills required to eat a healthy and balanced diet after leaving school.

In Year 7, students will be developing basic skills using a wide range of healthy foods. The Healthy Eating unit aims to provide students with the knowledge of healthy eating, a balanced diet and recent government initiatives.  All students in Year 7 are encouraged to follow basic recipes that allow them to express their creativity and imagination alongside developing key skills in food preparation and hygiene.  Students are taught how to chop foods safely and hygienically as well as how to use equipment correctly.

During Year 8, students will continue to develop their basic skills practiced in Year 7.  In this unit of work, their skills will be combined with knowledge of food ingredients and nutrition.  Healthy eating is still a very strong focus at this stage coupled with a raised awareness of budgeting for ingredients, the provenance of our food and the impact this has on the choices we make.  Alongside practical work, students are encouraged to develop their written work by evaluating  products, taste testing shop bought items and using technical language.

During Year 9, students develop their independent learning in Food Technology.  In Year 9 they focus on cooking a variety of food from different cultures with healthy alternative dishes.  This allows students to understand a wide range of dishes with different cooking properties and nutrition, and opens up more opportunities for students to cook their own ideas for healthy and balanced meals.


Key Stage 4

Food at GCSE is an optional subject, and Food is a popular choice with many students choosing we offer.  The GCSE is assessed by 50% examination and 50% practical exam / investigation.


Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE (9-1) is a new course and will encourage learners to develop and demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking using a variety of food commodities, cooking techniques and equipment.  Their practical skills will be widely developed and are examined alongside a written exam.  This new GCSE will provide them with a wide range of opportunities and skills whilst developing their knowledge and understanding of food, nutrition diet and health.