Learning to cook is a life skill which pupils should find both useful and enjoyable. In Food lessons pupils will be taught healthy eating, nutrition and how to prepare well balanced meals. Boys and girls are taught to cook in mixed ability groups of twenty. Parents are asked to supply ingredients every fortnight and pupils take home the food that they have cooked at the end of the day.
In Year 7 they learn the importance of health and safety in the kitchen, knife skills, how to use gas and electric cookers as well as weighing and measuring to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury recipes. Pupils will learn the provenance of ingredients and their working properties, how to write time plans and use sensory analysis to evaluate their food.
Year 8 pupils learn about various food commodities e.g. fruit and vegetables, dairy foods and cereals. They will develop practical skills by making short crust pastry, sauces, cakes and yeast mixtures e.g. Deep pan pizzas. Theory topics will include cooking methods, factors affecting food choices, food science and food miles. This will prepare them for the new Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE or the Hospitality and Catering Level 2 award.