Food Technology & Catering

Food Technology

Food Technology is taught throughout KS3, as a department we aim to teach the students how to produce food, starting from the very basics right through to understanding the importance of having a healthy lifestyle and making the right food choices. The subject also hopes to enable the students to take ownership of their learning and take pride in the final outcome.

In Year 7 the students start with a theme called “the Dough Factory” which helps them understand the bread making process and how they can turn that bread product into other products like Pizza. This helps the students move nicely onto the next topic of “Italian foods” which helps students understand the Italian culture.

In Year 8 students start the year with a huge focus on healthy eating and healthy lifestyle choices, we aim to link this very closely to current issues. The students are taught how to make food products healthier by changing high fat and sugar ingredients.

Currently Year 9 students are completing a level 2 qualification in International Cookery. Foods from all around the world are investigated and produced within the lesson.  This course really allows the students to take a real ownership of their cooking as they design meals for themselves. The practical work is backed up with a written and photographic portfolio.

GCSE Catering

GCSE catering is delivered in KS4 and students opt to take this subject.

The course offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within Catering in a vocational context. It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education. It will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work. The course encourages the investigation and study of Catering in a variety of contexts and uses a range of assessment techniques to enable the candidate to respond through practical and investigative work.