Food Technology/ Hospitality/ Home Cooking skills
In KS3 we aim to expand the students’ skills and knowledge of different foods and cooking methods. At the beginning of the year we work on building up basic practical skills as well as food safety and hygiene. As the year progresses we move on to expanding students’ tastes, we introduce new foods into the lessons through tasting lessons and a cultural cooking programme which focuses on a different country and their cuisine each week.
Jamie Oliver home cooking skills
In years 10 and 11 students participate in this btec programme at either level one of two, the course is largely practical and is focused on producing well balanced affordable foods from scratch. Throughout the year students learn a wide variety of professional cooking techniques and use these at the end of the year for their final assessment. The final assessment involves students planning, preparing, cooking and analysing a meal for four from scratch, a very useful life skill with a qualification attached.
Currently we are teaching BTEC hospitality level 2, this is a mixture of practical and theory modules. The course is assessed by some internal and one external exam as well as a practical cooking assessment. The course teaches students practical working skills for within the hospitality industry and gives them knowledge and skills to carry through into a career in the industry.
Firmly linked with our other courses, we also offer a cooked lunch once a week prepared and cooked in the food technology room by both staff and pupils. The lunches are usually linked with the themes of the lessons that week, so the pupils have had a chance to try all of the new foods that they will get to enjoy at lunchtime. Students also help to serve the lunch to each other, which is a practical use of their hospitality skills from lessons.