Food preparation & Nutrition
As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. - Department for Education
Cooking and Nutrition has become a very popular choice with our pupils at KS4. We offer a 3 year GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition or Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering.
At KS3, our focus is building a knowledge and understand of safe and hygienic working practices in the kitchen along with developing practical skills and theoretical knowledge of healthy eating and balanced diets. As per the Department of Education, the primary focus is savoury dishes and developing and ability to prepare a range of foods using different techniques, methods and skills. These skills are built upon in Year 7 and 8 through a 3-subject rotation (shared with Design Technology and Graphic Design), and prepare our pupils to live healthy lifestyles and make positive food choices, as well as give them sound foundations for Food Preparation and Nutrition at KS4 if they choose to opt for this subject.
Within KS4, pupils are challenged to learn more about the science behind food, healthy eating, how foods work in the body and the implications our food choices have on the environment and world around us. The course provides pupils with the opportunity to delve into interesting and thought-provoking theory, apply their knowledge and understanding in written and practical work, and participate in food science experiments and relevant, up-to-date task briefs to challenge their creativity and practical skill.
Our goal is to inspire our pupils to be creative and imaginative, enabling them to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
We encourage our pupils to draw on knowledge from other subject areas: mathematics, science, computing and art predominantly, although depending on the context of our projects, they could draw upon knowledge from other areas of the school curriculum. It is important that our pupils see the bigger picture when it comes to designing and making.
Through cooking and nutrition, we encourage our pupils to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through evaluation of the past and present design and technology, we encourage our pupils to develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
High-quality cooking and nutrition education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of our nation.