The aim of Food and Nutrition at the Castle View School is to give students the opportunity to use their creative and technical skills to make a wide range of good quality dishes.
Food and Nutrition is a practical subject and students learn and develop their skills from making a range of food products. As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.
The study Food safety and Hygiene, nutrition, Diet and Health is very important to our pupils because they have opportunity to learn and cook using the recommended Eat well guide. The knowledge acquired will help to address some health challenges associated with poor diet such as obesity and type two diabetes which cost the NHS more than £5 billion every year.
As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
In KS3, Pupils are taught to:
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health
- Cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
- Become competent in a range of cooking techniques [for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes]
- Understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.
- Planning and preparing for practical lessons
- Research tasks – producing leaflets, reports, food diaries
- Evaluating practical work and suggesting improvements/developments
- Revision tasks.
The scope of career choices is almost endless as we all have to eat to live and to stay fit and healthy; we eat at home, school, work, on the go, and as a social activity. These career opportunities could all begin with studying Food and Cookery as part of your Key Stage 4 curriculum, leading to an NCFE Level 2 V Certificate in Food and Cookery.
This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in food and cookery. It will provide them with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of the skills required for a career in food.
This qualification aims to:
- Focus on an applied study of the food and cookery occupational area
- Offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a significant core of knowledge and theoretical content with broad-ranging applicability.
- Provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.
The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:
- Prepare and cook using basic skills
- Understand food and its functions in the body and in recipes
- Understand balanced diets and modification of recipes for health
- Plan and produce dishes for a purpose.
Throughout the delivery of this qualification, the following core areas and transferable skills are evident:
- Research skills
- Problem-solving skills