Learning about good nutrition and healthy lifestyles is an integral part of how we develop into effective learners. Life can be better if we eat well and feel well. During Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils will learn a variety of skills and knowledge to support their own development. They will also learn about the science of food and, the wider national and global aspects. Topics will also support further learning for those that choose to pursue their learning at GCSE level.
Safety & Hygiene: personal safety, food safety, hygiene.
Core practical skills & use of equipment: using all parts of the cooker, knives, whisks, and other equipment.
Healthy Eating & Nutrition: nutrients, diet, Eatwell Guide.
Special Diets: Gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose intolerant and others.
Functions of ingredients: functionality of key ingredients in products; focus on the ‘fantastic four’: flour, sugar, egg, butter (& oils).
Foods of the World: foods from different countries and cultures.
Seasonality: British foods, seasonal foods, carbon footprint.
Food Science: reactions that take place upon the application of heat/mechanical processing/use of microorganisms; for example, dextrinisation, coagulation, aeration, fermentation.
Health and Social Care and Child Development: a brief introduction to both courses which are offered as Technical Awards at GCSE level.
Other learning: There may be other activities such as MasterChef, Design and Make Project and, an Enterprise Project.