Food Preparation

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Phillip Cornish - Head of Food Preparation and Nutrition - phillip.cornish@swale.at

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Subject Overview

Instilling a love of cooking in students will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. At KS3 students at PCS will be taught to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health, cooking a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet. They should become competent in a range of cooking techniques and use utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways.

We hope that students will gain an awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes. They should  understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.

KS3

1 double lesson a fortnight for 40 weeks or 1 double lesson a week for 20 weeks.

  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health

  • cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet

  • become competent in a range of cooking techniques [for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes]

  • understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients

Year 7

Basic skills
Health & safety
Eatwell Guide
Vegetarian
Cake making methods
Healthy Eating

Year 8

Health & safety recap
Types of Bacteria
Breads
Pastry
Multicultural & special diets
Afternoon Tea

Year 9

Eatwell Guide
Dietary Needs
Energy
Factors affecting Food Choice
Food Labelling

KS4

Year 10

Hygiene and Safety
Food Poisoning Bacteria
Food Preservation
Food Spoilage
Raising agents
Vitamins
Minerals
Diet Related Health Issues
Planning and modifying recipes
Sensory analysis
Food Provenance

Year 11

NEA 2

Introduction to task
Research
Questionnaire
Menu analysis
Moodboard
Own Skills
Analysis of Research
Possible Dishes
Trial Dishes
Evaluation of Trial Dishes
Final Menu
Timeplan
Ingredients and Equipment
Dish 1,2&3 and Evaluation

Homework

Homework is set in KS4 to develop understanding and support classwork including:

Revision for topic tests

Research for Non-exam assessments

Evaluation and project write-ups.