Food and Nutrition is taught as part of the Design and Technology curriculum at Key Stage 3. Our aim is for all pupils to know how to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating to ensure they can make informed decisions in relation to their own health and that of those around them.
Pupils learn the importance of seasonality when selecting ingredients to encourage sustainability and why micronutrients are essential to our diet. Pupils will become competent in safely executing range of techniques and confident in the production, adaption and evaluation of a range of predominantly savoury dishes.
At GCSE, they may then move on to the WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality & Catering. This qualification has been designed to support pupils who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study.
We support literacy by…
learning course-specific technology and how to use it correctly.
We support numeracy by…
Helping students practice their numeracy skills by using maths and measurements when using and adapting recipes.
KS3 – Food cards available from: http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/Sheet.aspx?siteId=22§ionId=85&contentId=317
The Eatwell Guide: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-eatwell-guide
8 Tips for Healthy Living: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/eight-tips-for-healthy-eating/
Sensory Evaluations: http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/Sheet.aspx?siteId=19§ionId=83&contentId=308
KS4 – Nutrition facts, diet information: https://www.nutrition.org.uk/
Food Standards: https://www.food.gov.uk/food-safety
Cooking Techniques: https://www.bbc.com/food/get_cooking/
Resources, quizzes, etc: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english
Cooking Tutorials: https://www.chef2chef.net/learn-to-cook/
Hospitality Marketing: http://www.hotelspeak.com/
Managing Hospitality: https://www.themuse.com/advice
Restaurant Experts: https://therestaurantexpert.com/blog/
How will my child be ‘set’ in this subject?
Students will be set in the same manner as their Design & Technology sets in Key Stage 3, and then according to their GCSE options pathways.
How many periods a week will children spend learning this subject?
- Year 7 & 8 – they will learn within their D&T lessons
- Year 9 & 10 – 3hrs per week
- Year 11 – 2hrs per week
What are the career opportunities of this subject?
Employment in hospitality and catering can range from waiting staff, receptionists, and catering assistants to chefs, hotel and bar managers, and food technologists in food manufacturing.
What ‘out-of-classroom’ or extra-curricular learning experiences will my child get?
Pupils and families have the opportunity to join our afterschool cookery club that runs every week, details of which can be found in the extra-curricular timetable (link).
Ms. C. Walsh