Food Technology is taught throughout years 7&8 at Woodlands and can then be chosen at an option subject in year 9 as a Level 2 Award in Hospitality & Catering. Both Food Technology and Hospitality & Catering provide an opportunity for pupils to not only develop real-life skills but to also engage in a hands-on practical experience. Pupils are encouraged to develop healthy eating and living habits by raising awareness. As a subject Food links into many areas of the curriculum including PSHRE, Science, Product Design, English, Maths and PE making it an incredibly important part of our curriculum.
At KS3, we offer a broad range of study closely aligned to the National Curriculum, including:
- Kitchen and food safety
- Basic food preparation skills and techniques
- Eat well guide: healthy eating and nutrition
- Seasonality, commodities and ingredients
- Food production and provenance
At KS4, we have selected the WJEC exam board, believing it to be the most accessible in terms of the choice of topic and the most applicable to the real world of work post 16 education.
- Food preparation, cooking methods and culinary terms
- Food legislation and environmental health officers; kitchen and food safety
- Job roles, work contracts, types of food service provider, types of establishments and customers
- Nutrition and menu planning
- Environmental concerns
Beyond the classroom
In previous years we have actively encouraged parents and pupils to prepare food together in classes linked to a Jamie Oliver cookery program. Wellbeing cookery classes have also been run.