KS3 Food and Nutrition

Year 7

Pupils develop a basic understanding of food safety and the nutritional requirements of a healthy diet through 18 weekly practical sessions. Pupils use the departmental recipe and theory books to learn basic food preparation techniques with particular focus on fruit and vegetables. They will learn how to use the cooker, hob and grill and a variety of smaller pieces of equipment. Food science will be introduced during the course with the students taking part in a some experimental work.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
– Food safety

– Basic food preparation skills

– Nutrition

– Basic food preparation skills

– Main meals

– Basic food preparation skills

Year 8

The skills learnt in Year 7 are developed and additional skills introduced along with costing recipes. This is supported by instruction on a range of more advanced food preparation and cooking techniques and will include experimental work with food. They will also study various types of staple foods e.g. pasta, rice and bread, incorporating healthy eating and nutrition.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
– Food safety

– Food preparation skills

– Healthy eating

– Food preparation skills

– Food preparation skills

Year 9

The techniques used in Year 9 increase in complexity to include skills such as sauce making, curries and pastry making, with the emphasis on international cuisine. This will prepare pupils for further study at GCSE level along with a more in depth knowledge of food science.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
– Food poisoning

– Advanced food preparation skills

– International cuisine

– Advanced food preparation skills

– International cuisine

– Advanced food preparation skills

Extra curricular activities

We run a number of interhall competitions each term – Year 7, Year 8 andYear 9 Master Chef, where all the finalists receive a Master Chef recipe book and the winner receives a Master Chef trophy.

Assessment: Pupils are assessed each lesson which can be either or all of the following; self assessment, peer assessment and teacher assessment. KS3 have a formal practical assessment every 6 weeks.

Homework:

Homework consists of a variety of differentiated tasks which will aid pupil learning and demonstrate pupil understanding on a regular basis.

Homework is set on a weekly basis. 

Useful Information:

Lunchtime support clubs are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Useful websites:

 5 ways I can help my son/daughter
1 Talk to your child about what they have been studying in school. Ask them to explain key concepts to you.
2 Allow them to cook as often as possible.
3 Watch cooking programmes/ visit food fairs and discuss techniques being used.
4 Encourage them to read around the subject.
5 Talk to them about their progress and attainment.