This statutory subject is part of Design and Technology. The main aim set out by the Department for Education is to ensure that all pupils ‘understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook’.
The National Curriculum states:
‘As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils 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 Enfield Grammar we therefore offer all boys the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through a range of projects and tasks (for example, looking at World Food or investigating the School Food Plan and making healthy option school canteen products) so that we fully meet the Programmes of Study set out below:
Cooking & Nutrition is taught to all boys at Enfield Grammar School in Yr 9.
By the end of Year 9, pupils should be able to:
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health
- cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that you are able to feed yourself 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 your own recipes]
- understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.
What did boys last year think about Cooking & Nutrition?
‘I have enjoyed the project as we were able to research our dishes and then challenge ourselves which can show a variety of skill and sophistication’
‘I feel more confident and less reluctant to cook; I will definitely be cooking at home now’
‘I have learnt how to cook different styles of food and I have also learned different cooking techniques’
Key Stage 4
Currently AQA GCSE Food Technology is offered in as an optional subject in Year 10 & 11. (This will be replaced nationally by GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition from 2016. This new GCSE will form an excellent progression route from KS3 Cooking and Nutrition.)
GCSE Food Technology develops an understanding of food through a range of designing and making tasks, encouraging creativity whilst building strong practical skills. The Specification for the examination board AQA can be seen below: