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Food Technology
Department Aims
One aim of the Food Tech department is to encourage students to enjoy cooking, through learning skills, adapting recipes and creatively combining ingredients. However, students also need to learn about healthy eating, developing a balanced diet and learning about nutrients and their function. The Food Technology department aims to provide students with the ability to achieve success in this subject in KS3 and GCSE.
Department Ethos
“Eating for health; cooking for fun!”
Department Staff List:
- Mrs S Wharton (Head of Department)
- Mrs P Morrison (Technician)
- Ms A Morrison
Key Stage 3 Information
In Key stage 3, the Food Technology department encourages students to develop their practical skills, learn how to use basic equipment and build self confidence in their ability to make an edible outcome. We encourage students to modify their eating habits and think about a balanced diet. To this end the department only allows chocolate to be used once in the module and suggests savoury alternatives to traditionally sweet dishes. Students are assessed through designing, planning, making and evaluating, as well as an end of module test. They are encouraged to aim for the ‘Active Kids Get Cooking’ 1 & 2 star chef awards.
Key Stage 4 Information
The Food Technology Department follows the AQA Design and Technology: Food Technology course. Students are taught in mixed ability groups for the GCSE course. The course is assessed through coursework / controlled assessment worth 60% of their final grade and a written examination. The coursework consists of design folder and supporting practical work. All coursework deadlines are set by individual staff. We want the students to believe that they can be successful, but to realise that their success depends on their effort. A Catch-up club for KS4 students is available after school for 1 hour 30 minutes on 2 / 3 days a week.
Any other information
During the school year all students have the opportunity to enter a variety of food based competitions e.g. Make it with Mince, Rotary Club young Chef, Food Writer’s Guild. These competitions are open to all students whether they study food or not. The department also encourages students to ‘Grow their Own’ food in school, linked to the school garden and at home. All students are expected to bring the following equipment to lessons:
• Pen
• Pencil
• Ruler
• Rubber
• Ingredients for practical lessons
• Container for dishes made

Students know a week in advance the recipe for the dish to be made. Recipes can be adapted to suit any special dietary requirements students may have e.g. allergies, diabetes, vegetarian etc. For KS3 students a copy of the scheme of work and recipes used for year 7 and 8 are in the relevant year group’s FT room on Fronter. KS4 students have their own room which includes coursework help sheets, PowerPoints used in class, KS3 recipes to refer to and a photograph folder where photos of their coursework dishes are available.

Homework

Homework is set by the class teacher. Part of the homework each week is to prepare for the practical lesson and depending on the topic being studied the homework may take various forms, such as research, mini-projects, written pieces or dish evaluations. Failure to complete homework by the deadline set, including forgetting ingredients, will result in a detention of up to 45 minutes.
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