Food and Nutrition

Introduction

The course aims to give the students basic skills in food preparation and cooking and to also better understand what nutrients our body needs to function properly and what foods these nutrients are found in.

Key Stage 3

The KS3 course aims to give the students basic skills in food preparation and cooking and to also better understand what nutrients our body needs to function properly and what foods these nutrients are found in.

At Northolt High School we try and encourage our students to be healthy through our compulsory cooking program. Every pupil is expected to learn how to cook basic dishes. All students will participate in a minimum of 8 practical lessons where they will learn basic cooking skills and develop an awareness of health and safety. Students will also be learning about what it means to be healthy and make wise food choices, where food comes from and the different ways we can prepare and cook these foods.

YEAR 7

In year 7 the students have one lesson per two week cycle and will be making eight products that relate to the five sections of the Healthy Eating Guide, these products are; Fresh Fruit Salad, Chocolate Chip Muffins, Crispy Chicken Bites, Vegetable Couscous, Sweet Potato Curry, Rock Buns, Beef Burgers and a designer recipe. The students are asked to bring a container for each practical session so that they can take their food home.

YEAR 8

The students in year 8 will also have one lesson over the two week cycle and will cook a minimum of eight dishes.The students will be making; Pizza Scrolls with homemade dough, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Mini Carrot Cakes, Savoury Rice, Shepherda£á.s Pie, Vegetable Stir Fry, Chicken Schnitzel and Fruity Biscuits.

In the lessons where they are not making they will be learning about what it means to be healthy and have a balanced diet. All students will know what the healthy eating guide is and how this can help them make wise food choices. Students will also be looking at where food comes from and how it is processed into different products.

Key Stage 4

We offer a currently offer a Vocational certificate course in Food and Nutrition and has the value of a GCSE. This qualification focuses on an applied study of the food and cookery sector and learners will gain a broad knowledge and understanding of working in the sector. This
qualification has been designed to sit alongside the requirements of core GCSE subjects. It is appropriate for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences and through content which is concrete and related directly to those experiences. It will provide students with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. If you love cooking and learning about food then this course is for you.
 
YEAR 9

Student cover the following topics and skills:

  • How to prepare and cook using basic skills
  • Understand food and its functions in the body and in recipes
  • Understand balanced diets and modification of recipes for health
  • Plan and produce dishes for a purpose
  • Learn to understand and follow recipes
  • Understand how to prepare yourself and the environment to be safe while cooking
  • Describe safe and hygienic working practices
  • Assess potential risks and hazards in the kitchen environment
  • Understand where food comes from and the seasonality of food

    You will produce a portfolio to demonstrate your understanding of all of the above.

    In Year 9 students cover two units of the course which are;

    Unit 01: Preparing to cook (Internally assessed)

    Unit 03: Exploring balanced diets. Externally assessed exam (students get two attempts at passing the exam). The first will be in the Spring term and if you don¡¦t pass you will get another chance in the Year 10 Autumn term.

    YEAR 10

    Year 10 is a continuation of Year 9 and still covering all of the above however you will complete the last 2 units of the course which will be:

    Unit 02:: Understanding food. (Internally assessed)

    Unit 04: Plan and produce dishes in response to a brief. (Internally assessed)

    All students are required to keep a detailed portfolio of all work undertaken and must gain a pass in all aspects of the unit to continue on the Level 2 qualification.

    YEAR 11

    Most of the students will have completed their qualification by year 11.

    KS4 Assessment & Examinations
    Internally assessed portfolio and an externally assessed exam. Students must pass all 4 mandatory units to be able to pass overall.
    Unit 01: Preparing to cook (Internally assessed)
    Unit 02: Understanding food (Internally assessed)
    Unit 03: Exploring balanced diets (Externally assessed exam)
    Unit 04: Plan and produce dishes in response to a brief Internally assessed
    All units will be assessed on a Pass, Merit or Distinction basis. If you cannot pass a unit you will be put on the level 1 qualification.
     

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Students at Key Stage 4 have opportunities to go on trips and taste exciting foods, we usually have a Borough Market trip. We are currently running a Fresh Food Enterprise Project with Belazu which involves Year 9 students having two half days out for tours of the company and also to look at marketing and developing new products. This will finish with their products being tasted by the Belazu tasting panel.