We have a designated room for Food Technology where pupils learn a number of skills to ensure their safety and understanding of food is important in their daily lives. The understanding of a healthy lifestyle, where food comes from, seasonal foods and how basic ingredients can form nutritional meals for pupils to share with their families. Food technology broadens their knowledge and skills and encourages them to become independent for the future.
- off-site trips to Tesco, local farms and restaurants to learn about where our food comes from, and the service trade
- cookery competitions against other schools, including mainstream
The KS3 curriculum gives pupils in years 7,8 and 9 a broad, yet balanced variety of cooking skills.
In Year 7 we will cover Basic skills and Food Hygiene and additional projects of Fruits and Vegetables, Tea time treats, and Cooking for the family.
In Year 8 pupils will continue to build on Basic Food Skills and Safety. Pupils learn valuable skills and techniques which can be used in Year 9. We will cover Multi-Cultural Foods, Special Occasion Cakes, Traditionally British, and Cooking on a Budget.
In Year 9 we will cover projects of Pastry, Meals for 1, Methods of Production theory/practical, and Mini Team Projects.
Pupils are encouraged to give peer to peer assessment and feedback, and to self-assess, using differentiated evaluation records and speaking and listening techniques, alongside the continuous feedback and support from staff.
Parental support is crucial to enhance pupil learning. Parents can help their child by:
- supporting their child with understanding the importance of good hand and personal hygiene.
- providing hairbands for their child to use during the lesson, as all hair beyond shoulder length must be tied back.
- supporting their child to work alongside them in the kitchen to carry out simple cooking tasks, and recognising any equipment used.
- encouraging their child to help carry out everyday household chores e.g. washing up, drying up, putting equipment dishes away