The Food Technology department aim to promote the ethos of ‘Food for Life.’
Students learn about food and its importance through a variety of different mediums, including disassembly, experiments, investigations and practical work. In Year 7 they are taught basics practical skills, health and safety principles and the importance of nutrition and ‘healthy eating, as part of the ‘Healthy Schools’ status.Year 8 aims to provide the students with a wider variety of practical skills, with the emphasis on them designing products for a specific target group.
Year 9 students follow a more ambitious design project, which involves more independent learning and them taking into account consumer preference and how industry develops new food products. This provides a good foundation for GCSE Food Technology, should they wish to choose it as an option.
In Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA Food Technology course, of which they can be entered for higher or foundation level. The course is ‘skills based’ with 60% being practical work and 40% coursework in the form of a project. In year 10, students prepare for their final GCSE project by completing a combination of theory and practical work and are taught how to complete aspects of the final project such as research, planning, development and evaluation. At the end of year 10, students begin their final GCSE project.
Food Technology also offers extra curricular activities such as GCSE support club and other food related opportunities, e.g. KS3 food club.