Food Technology

Subject Overview

In Food technology we aim to produce confident skilled cooks and nutritionists. We study food and nutrition from a wider variety of different cultures and social groups. Pupils cook every double period and therefore develop cooking skills and confidence in food very quickly

Teaching and Learning

Pupils will attend two lessons per fortnight in K.S.3. These are arranged as one double block to enable practical sessions to take place. At. K.S.4 pupils can opt to study either Food and Nutrition or Hospitality at G.C.S.E. In K.S.4 the lessons are organised as one double block per week and one single block per fortnight. Cooking normally takes place in the double block and theory lessons are addressed in the single block.

Year 7

Terms 1 and 2

Module 1: No Place Like Home. – A Basic introduction to the food technology rooms and equipment

Module 2: Vegetarian Starter – Alternatives to meat and the nutritional requirements needed from a balanced healthy diet.

Terms 3 and 4

Module 3: Money in Your Pocket – Biscuit making and the need for consistency in food production. One-off, batch and continuous flow production. The production and standardisation of food products.

Terms 5 and 6

Module 4: Healthy Eating Part.1 – The major food nutrients and their roles in the healthy body. Packaging and food labelling.

Year 8

Terms 1 and 2

Module 5: Bread: The role of staple foods in different global diets.

Module 6: Pies and Pastry Products. The role of pastry in a variety of different food products both sweet and savoury.

Terms 3 and 4

Module 7: Healthy eating Part.2 – Continuation of the role of nutrients in the healthy body. The rise of the so called ‘Super Foods’.

Terms 5 and 6

Module 8: Our Bodies. – What do we need from food and the different social functions of food.

KS4 Course(s) offered

Food and Nutrition: The examination board for this subject is AQA. Students study a variety of different topics in Yrs.’ 9 and 10 (please see below) They are required to undertake one extended study or Controlled assessment. This task is begun at the end of Yr10 and continues into Yr. 11. The final grade a student obtains at G.C.S.E. is weighted 60% Controlled Assessment and 40% final exam.

Year 9

Terms 1 and 2

Module 1: Celebrity Chefs. – A range of different multicultural recipes forms the basis for looking at the rise of the Celebrity Chefs in modern British culture.

Module 2: Airline Food – The constraints placed upon food production in the airline industry. Working to a brief and meeting consumer needs.

Terms 3 and 4

Module 3: – Healthy Eating; Adaption of recipes in order to make them more healthy. What do we mean by healthy foods and what common health issues can be avoided by adapting recipes.

Terms 5 and 6

Module 4: – Soups and Stews. How these common food products can be adapted to meet a variety of different needs.

Year 10

Terms 1 and 2

Module 5: Bread: A continuation and a more in-depth look at bread making and the various ways this staple food has been used throughout the world.

Module 6: Celebration Cakes. The four major ways of cake making and how different design can meet different target group’s needs. Decorating cakes and the different methods of industrial decoration of food.

Terms 3 and 4

Module 7: Healthy eating Part.3 –An in-depth look at the different health issues raised by poor diets.

Terms 5 and 6

Module 8: Controlled Assessment Primer. This final module address all of the essential elements that are needed to complete a successful controlled assessment in Year 11.

Year 11

Terms 1 to 4

There are no specific modules as such for these terms. Rather the pupils will be working on their controlled assessment task. The pupils choose form a range of, usually 15, module titles. Examples of module titles are ‘Food for Summer festivals’, ‘The Great British Bake-off’ ‘Food for Café Culture’ etc.


Students are assessed through homework’s and end of module practical assessments. At the end of each year a formative examination is taken by all year groups. At KS4 60% of their mark is made up of a controlled assessment and 40% end of K.S. exam.


At K.S.3 homework is set once per fortnight in accordance with the homework timetable. Examples of homework tasks set are usually of three main types: Research, Designing and Planning. For example; ‘Research the reasons people may choose to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle.’ ‘Design three different decorations for the top of muffins sold at a Christmas Fayre’ and ‘Plan for the product you wish to make at the end of your vegetarian starters module, include a list of ingredients you will need to have ordered for you

At K.S.4 homework is set once a week in accordance with the homework timetable. Homework is set to support learning for the G.C.S.E. course and may include a wide variety of extended answer questions as well as more focused tasks such a graphical and design work.

Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework:

Teaching Staff

Katrina Casterton - Food Technology Teacher, Head of Year 9 -
Ursula Duffy - Food Technology Teacher -
Clare Newnham - Food Technology Technician -


Need Help?

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01273 581100