In KS3 we aim to develop an enthusiasm for cooking and an interest and knowledge in how food is important for good health.
Pupils studying food technology will usually cook every week. We choose recipes that will teach the students to use the hob and the oven. They will learn how to choose and use the correct knives and other equipment for food preparation and they will learn about basic food hygiene.Pupils learn how to follow the recipes in class after watching a demonstration.
Most of the recipes we use are from the Licence to Cook programme of study. The recipes have been chosen for their suitability to use in a one hour lesson and where possible have been adapted to follow the healthy eating guidance of the eat well plate. We start with simple snack foods and progress to main meals. In year 8 pupils are given a challenge to cook a meal of their choice.
Pupils need to bring in a container to take their food home in and sometimes a container to cook in – for example apple crumble. We also ask that you provide a tea towel as this reduces the daily laundry. If these are labelled it helps us to return them if left at school. An ingredients sheet will be given to each pupil at the start of each unit of work which includes dates and information about what is needed each week.
We hope the pupils enjoy their lessons and we hope you will enjoy what has been cooked. Please contact the class teacher if you have any feedback.
In year 9 all pupils follow the Jamie Oliver BTEC in Home cooking skills. You can find more information at Jamies home cooking skills
Pupils will take either the level 1 or level 2 award at the end of year 9. If they take the level 1 award they may continue with the level 2 in year 10 and 11. Level 2 pupils will progress to a GCSE qualification, currently GCSE WJEC Catering.