Food Preparation & Nutrition

Pupils will build upon prior learning from National Curriculum Design and Technology and, in particular, the subject content of cooking and nutrition. They will enhance their knowledge and understanding of what constitutes a healthy, balanced diet and good nutrition. This includes the Eatwell Guide, energy balance and the role of nutrients in a balanced diet. Before the start of the course they should already have developed a range of different practical skills and made a repertoire of predominantly savoury products which meet current guidelines for healthy eating. Food hygiene and safety is to be taught as an integral part of every lesson when preparing, cooking and serving foods.

Overview:

Key Stage 3


The National Curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world

  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users

  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook


Cooking and Nutrition:

  • 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.

Year 7 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Food: Eatwell Guide Project

Year 8 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Food: Dietary Needs project

Year 9 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Food: International Cuisine Project


Key Stage 4


The GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.


It encourages students to cook, enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

Useful Website Links:


The British Nutrition Foundation provides impartial, evidence-based information and resources on food and nutrition.


Food a fact file is a comprehensive, progressive education programme which communicates up-to-date, evidence-based, consistent and accurate messages around ‘food’ to all those involved in education.


Explore food has been designed to be easy to use, guiding pupils through the analysis of a recipe or a day’s diet. It provides data for the pupil to analyse and draw conclusions further supporting their recipe development.


Revision specific for food preparation and nutrition with videos, online quizzes and interactive content.