During Key Stage 3 (years 7 & 8) all pupils have three lessons a week of Food Technology. These lessons consist of one single lesson & one double lesson for a six week block on the rotation with Art, Design Technology & Computing.
Pupils engage with focused designing, making & evaluations of their food dishes. Food hygiene & kitchen safety is covered along with the correct methods needed to prepare ingredients – for example, peeling & chopping; the rubbing in method & the all in one method. The function of the ‘Eatwell Plate’ & the role of nutrients are researched along with how to shop for ingredients. The importance of portion sizes & the seasonality/cost of fresh produce are also discussed.
Food dishes the pupils make include recipes such as: soups, smoothies, muffins, cakes, pizza, scones, pancakes, flapjack, chilli wrap, fish bake, flat bread & bread rolls.
During enrichment sessions pupils from Key Stage 5 (years 12 & 13) are offered to take part in lessons once a week for a term.
All ingredients are provided with the pupils making & testing various short recipes to give kitchen confidence in readiness for life away from home – when at university for example.