St Ursula’s School
Food Technology Curriculum Intent
No part of our economy matters more than food. It is vital for life, and for pleasure. It shapes our sense of family, community and nation: cooking and eating together is perhaps the defining communal act. The food system also provides jobs for one in seven of us.
Much of this is made possible by a free market that performs a million daily miracles, producing, exporting, importing, processing and serving up a dazzling variety of reasonably-priced foods in an abundance unimaginable to previous generations.But this bounty has come at a cost. Intensive farming practices have caused serious damage to the environment and the food related disease is costing the NHS billions and drastically harming the lives of millions. Food security, too, is a growing concern: population growth, climate change, the global increase in meat eating are intensifying resource competition between nations.
We aim to deliver learning that takes account of the National Curriculum for Cooking and Nutrition, the British Nutrition Foundation Core Competencies and meet the requirements of the PSHE curriculum which includes Healthy Eating as mandatory from September 2020. At the end of key stage 3, there is the option for girls to continue and develop their studies through the GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course.
Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is driven by a vision of what we believe all students should know, understand and be able to do by the end of the key stage. We want all students to be able to cook a range of dishes that would give them the skill, competence, confidence and resilience to undertake preparing and cooking dishes independently, safely, affordably, nutritiously to feed themselves now and later on in life. We want students to be able to make informed decisions about how the food they consume will impact on the health of their body and mind both now and in the future.
All of our students should have an understanding of the multitude of choices we can make as consumers, understanding the potential impact that growing, rearing and processing foods can have on people and the planet.
Our Year 7 unit introduces girls to safe and hygienic practice in the kitchen and the principles of working with food safely using the 4Cs ( cleaning, cooking, chilling and cross contamination ). Students are introduced to healthy eating guidelines, using the eatwell guide and begin to understand the concept of nutrients. Through looking at food labelling and nutritional value the girls start to understand how labelling and their own knowledge can affect their choice as consumers.
In Year 8 students continue to develop practical skills and confidence working with a wider range of ingredients and producing more complex dishes. Their understanding of healthy eating deepens as we explore carbohydrates and fat in more depth and how our lifestyle choices can significantly affect our health now and in the future.
In Year 9 students make complex and challenging dishes to really grow their practical skills. Students also explore how our ethics and morals can affect our food choice as they investigate farming methods and the impact of food production on the environment.
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