Food and Nutrition

The aims of the department are:

  • To cultivate a positive attitude towards health and well-being.
  • To discriminate in the choice of materials and resources related to food and nutrition.
  • To enable pupils to develop initiative and co-operation to work with others.
  • To encourage inventiveness, originality and academic rigour.
  • To develop analytical skills.
  • To develop a critical approach to government initiatives regarding eating habits and trends.
  • To help pupils adapt to rapid technological changes and the growth of scientific knowledge.

Food and Nutrition is taught in Years 7-9 and is taught in groups of not more than twenty with practical work making up a high proportion of the time. Teaching and learning is all food and nutrition based, emphasising the sound understanding of nutritional guidelines.

The topics studied include:

  • The practical skills necessary for the safe and correct preparation of foods.
  • The balance of good health.
  • Meal planning for specific groups eg, special dietary needs.
  • The importance of protein and staple foods in the diet.
  • The importance of key nutrients in the diet.
  • The effective use of computer software to analyse diets.
  • In addition pupils in Year 9 complete an individual research task which incorporates both practical skills and theoretical knowledge and encourages independent learning.

In Year 12 students have the opportunity to join a short course eg, making luxury desserts, cooking on a budget through their Quest activities