DT Cooking and Nutrition

“Basic cooking skills are a virtue… the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill.”
Anthony Bourdain.

The intent of our food technology curriculum is to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating, instilling a love of cooking in all pupils. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill for pupils now and in later life. Throughout their time at Eden, we aim to encourage independent learning through practical participation. The department ensures that our students have a wider understanding of environmental impacts on our choice of foods and why there should be more encouragement to buy ‘in season’ Our pupils learn about multicultural foods and experience how different cultural foods influence our everyday food choices. This enables our pupils  to have a clear understanding of different religions and ethical beliefs and how these have influenced our western lives. Pupils also have a clear understanding relating to food choices and the impact on the environment relating to food waste.

The department has a strong focus and drive to develop independent learners and promote high standards of academic achievement through making and evaluating dishes. The department has a strong belief that all our pupils should be independent, enabling them to develop personal responsibility and self-motivation and to consider the needs of others. This equips our pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital to succeed in life.

At KS2 and KS3 we follow the National Curriculum for Food Technology programme of study.  Pupils will have an understanding on how to apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet following the guidance from the Eat well Guide. Pupils will be able to prepare and cook a wide diversity of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques and  will have an understanding of the term seasonality and how this can be applied to menu choices. Pupils will gain extensive knowledge where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed. Pupils will also be aware of taste, texture and smell and how to season and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes in later stages of Key Stage 3.

The impact of the knowledge and understanding enables students to cook a variety of dishes building on their skills from Year 7 through to year 9 where they will be able to make a variety of international dishes to a high standard.   Pupils in Key Stage 3 will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics and science. Pupils will be competent in a range of cooking techniques, food technology is the practical science of chemistry, preservation and processing of food. It allows for creativity, innovation and problem solving allowing them to make informed choices about food, diet and value for money.  It also allows for students to work in partnership with their peers in the practical lessons and peer feedback allows for students to develop their confidence within the kitchen environment. Pupils regularly take part in ongoing formative assessments throughout practical lessons and develop their confidence working under pressure during summative assessments. This pathes the way for them to access BTEC Home cooking Skills in KS4.

In KS 4 pupils study BTEC Level 1 and 2 pathways .  Pupils will build upon their prior knowledge of food health and safety gained from KS3, to inform their further study into professional  food hygiene and safe food preparation. The course also aims to  develop awareness of global issues such as, food poverty, consumerism, food waste, ethical purchasing and the environmental effects of meat production which closely links to PSHE and Geography. At Eden we embrace opportunities for learners to discuss ethics, beliefs and values and we embed this into our creative subjects as well as the academic. We want our learners to form and justify their own opinions about the economic and environmental impact of the food industry  and inspire them to be responsible, eco-conscious consumers.

These qualifications are recognised throughout the world of work and further study. Due to their GCSE equivalency they also boost the opportunities of students focusing on the Eden vocational pathway, to access college courses.  The Careers available to pupils upon completion of their study include but are not restricted to: kitchen porter, chef, waiting staff, restaurant work, baker, farming, food scientist, nutritionist, teaching and travel and tourism.

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“Eden is a life-transforming school where we provide the best education for young people who have complex social, emotional and mental health needs.”

Jen Ashworth, Headteacher