The Food Technology department is responsible for teaching pupils from Reception (usually around 4-5 years old) up to year 10 (around 15 years old) about food and nutrition. The department’s curriculum is designed to provide pupils with a comprehensive understanding of the importance of a healthy diet and to develop their skills in preparing and cooking food.
In Reception and early years, pupils learn about different types of food, where it comes from, and how it is prepared. They also learn basic food safety and hygiene practices. As they progress through the years, they learn more advanced cooking techniques, such as baking, grilling, and frying, and how to make healthy food choices.
Year 7 and 8 pupils usually learn about the basics of cooking and nutrition, including food groups, healthy eating habits, and food safety. In year 9, pupils often explore more advanced topics and work on gaining their BTEC level 1 qualification on home cooking skills, where they secure how to independently cook for themselves and others.
In year 10, pupils have the opportunity to gain their BTEC level 2 qualification in home cooking skills – this will enable them to independently cook and follow recipes, understand where food is from and enhance their skills set, how to economise when cooking and understand the Eatwell guide in depth which allows them to understand how to have a healthy balanced diet.
Overall, the Food Technology department aims to educate pupils about the importance of healthy eating habits and to develop practical cooking skills that will enable them to make informed food choices and prepare nutritious meals
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Beech Hall School Parent – Summer ’23