Food Preparation and Nutrition

Welcome to the Food Department

Miss K Ridgers – Curriculum Leader for Design & Technology (Acting)

Mrs I Pinheiro Guerreiro

Miss S Solaymantash

Mr C Johnson

Key Stage 3

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. Food is taught throughout the year, with students having 1 hour of lesson time a fortnight in KS3.


Year 7 – Healthy Eating

Students will develop their understanding of health and safety in the kitchen including how to keep themselves and others safe, how to use specialist equipment, and how to store and prepare food safely. The focus of the learning is on healthy eating and understanding nutrition. Students focus on how to eat healthily through developing their knowledge of nutrients and balanced diets. They will learn how to cook a variety of dishes throughout the year that introduce them to basic food preparation skills.


Year 8 – British Cuisine

Students will focus on understanding British Cuisine and the many cultures that influence British food tastes. Students will learn about seasonal foods and the positive environmental impacts of eating seasonally.  Students will learn about the global impact of food production and the meaning of seasonality. They will produce a range of dishes from across the UK and reflect upon the heritage and global inspiration for these dishes.


Year 9 – Street Food

Students will focus on understanding Street Food and global food influences. Students will continue to develop their designing and making skills to gain a more in-depth understanding of planning menus and using nutritional information to inform their decisions. Students will learn about different factors that influence food choices and special diets. Students will prepare dishes from around the world and develop their technical food preparation skills.


















Key stage 4

The Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study.

It is most suitable as a foundation for further study, providing learners with a core depth of knowledge and a range of specialist and general skills that will support their progression to further learning and employment.

This course must equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles or safety, nutrition and healthy eating. They should encourage students to cook and enable them to make informed decisions about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as develop vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

In studying hospitality and catering, students must:

  • demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking using a variety of food commodities, cooking techniques and equipment
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties and the nutritional content of food and drinks
  • understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including the physiological and psychological effects of poor diet and health 
  • understand the economic, environmental, ethical, and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, and diet and health choices 
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of functional and nutritional properties, sensory qualities and microbiological food safety considerations when preparing, processing, storing, cooking and serving foo
  • understand and explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and international), to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes
  • develop knowledge and understanding of job roles available within the hospitality and catering sector including health and safety law, employment law along with the needs and wants of customers and factors that affect business success.

WJEC Level 1/2 Assessment Details:
In industry: Each student has a written exam 1 hour and 30 minutes, this makes up 40% of the marks.
In action: Pupils also carry out a piece of written coursework based on a given brief. The assignment will as pupils to, prepare, cook and present a final menu of two dishes, within a 4 hour period, planning in advance what meals would best suit their customers, and how this practical will be achieved.

September 2023