Food & Nutrition

Welcome

Welcome to the Food & Nutrition page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.

Curriculum Intent

The Food & Nutrition Curriculum aims to help pupils to develop the skills and knowledge to make and implement healthy food choices. The core skills and knowledge are based around the themes of Diet (food and drink), Consumer Awareness, Cooking (Food Preparation and Handling skills), Food Safety and Active Lifestyles.

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Implementation


Pupils in Years 7 and 8 will have one lesson a week studying Food & Nutrition for half of the academic year. For the other half of the year, pupils will have one lesson a week studying Design & Technology.

Pupils will:

  • Prepare and cook dishes, taste food and perform investigations hygienically and safely.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare, cook and serve a range of decisions with precision.
  • Demonstrate understanding of food provenance, production and processing. They will examine where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed, and consider sustainability, food security and the impact on the environment.
  • Apply healthy eating and nutrition knowledge.
  • Demonstrate and apply awareness of consumer preferences and the reasons for choices made.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of food science in a practical and meaningful way

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme


Pupils will be following the KS3 curriculum, with an additional focus on safety & hygiene and healthy eating & nutrition, in addition to developing practical skills.
Pupils in all classes will be closely monitored to identify and address any aspects of the curriculum that need additional attention.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

AQA Food Preparation & Nutrition 8585 is a creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure pupils develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials.
At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing pupils' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition. Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:
• Food, nutrition and health
• Food science
• Food safety
• Food choice
• Food provenance

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme

All pupils studying Food Preparation & Nutrition in Year 9 completed their KS3 Food & Nutrition unit of work before lockdown so can start their GCSE course straight away.
Year 10 pupils are revisiting the unit covered during lockdown, checking understanding, before starting the Year 10 curriculum.
Year 11 are continuing to work on their mock GCSE Food Preparation Assessment, in preparation for their 3hr practical exam. Upon completion of the mock pupils will be well prepared for their GCSE assessment, worth 50% of their overall grade.

Key Stage 4: 2020 – Changes to content (where applicable)  

The only changes that have been made are for the assessment.

Task 1: Food Investigation (15%) has been removed for Year 11 2020-2021. Task 2: Food Preparation Assessment was released 1st September (normally 1st November) and marks will be scaled up so it accounts for 50% of GCSE (normally 35%). 

The final written exam remains the same.

Key Stage 4 - How will our pupils be assessed?


All assessments will take place in Year 11.
Practical Investigations (50%) completed in lessons and homework.
Task 1: Food Investigation (15%, 10 hours)
Practical investigation into the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.
Task 2: Food Preparation Assessment (35%, 20 hours)
Plan, prepare, cook, present and photograph three dishes to fit the task set by the exam board in a three-hour session.
Written Exam lasting 1 hour 45 minutes (50%)


Key Stage 4 - How have our pupils progressed so far?

Food Preparation & Nutrition
2019
2020
4+ "Standard" Pass
74%
74%
5+ "Strong Pass
54%
48%



Key Stage 4 - What Can It Lead To?

This course can lead to many further and higher education courses and careers in food product development, biotechnology, food manufacturing, sports nutrition, teaching, dietetics, consumer research, catering, food journalism and photography, environmental health, and many more.

Accommodation & Resources

Food & Nutrition is taught by extremely experienced subject specialists. There are two dedicated Food rooms which are very well equipped for practical work with a wide range of equipment. In addition, there are banks of laptops and up to date textbooks and digital resources for pupils to use.


Summary

Food and Nutrition is an exciting, challenging and creative subject which focuses on the knowledge and practical cooking skills to ensure pupils develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this subject focuses on nurturing pupils' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition. They enjoy acquiring practical skills, working safely and confidently as individuals and also as part of a team.