All pupils at the Phoenix Academy study Food Technology. In Key Stage 3 all work has been devised to fit within the National Curriculum framework and objectives.
In Key stage 4 pupils study either the Btec Home Cooking curse at level 1 and 2 if applicable or an Aim Awards in Cookery.
Title: Introduction to Food Technology & Healthy Eating
- To develop basic skills when designing and making products.
- To encourage safe and hygienic practices.
- To encourage the safe and efficient use of basic technological equipment.
- To build on existing knowledge.
- To develop knowledge on healthy eating and prepare a healthy food.
Title: Snack Attack
- To carry out a full DMT (Design and Make Task) based on previous knowledge of healthy eating.
- To build on and extend previous knowledge and competence in the safe use of equipment, methods and skills.
- To describe the nutritional value of healthy snacking.
- To prepare a range of snacks.
Title: Take 5
- To consider safe working practice and storage of food
- To develop knife skills
- To describe the importance of fruits and vegetables
- To prepare and make a range of soups
- To develop sensory evaluation
Title: Make it! Bake it!
- To see, taste and use a wide range of foods.
- To build on previous knowledge and competence in the use of technological equipment.
- To carry investigations into the market locally for baked goods.
- To find out about baked good in different cultures.
- To find out about the role of fat, flour an raising agents in baking.
Title: Meal Deal
- To develop knowledge on planning a balanced meal.
- To design a eat well plate.
- To research different types of proteins.
- To evaluate popular take- aways.
- To plan, prepare and make a variety of meals using pasta and rice.
Title: Best of British
- To develop awareness of where food comes from and its costs, value for money, wise food shopping.
- Look at traditional and emerging British dishes.
- Use local produce – who grows what, where and when.
- Food in season.
- Fair trade.
- Research regional dishes.
Title: Pie in the sky
- Learning short crust pastry –making skills.
- Making use of ready-made filo and flaky pastry.
- Role of fat and flour in baking.
- Pasties – filling variations.
- Sweet and savoury pies, quiches and flans for sharing occasions.
- Modifying and developing ideas from existing recipes.
- Wise food shopping.
Title: In a stew
- Investigating chilled foods e.g. potatoes, pies.
- Investigate different cultural influences on stews.
- Incorporating vegetables- chopping, cutting and peeling.
- Risk assessment and HACCP.
- Safety and hygiene.
- Sensory evaluation.
- Industrial production practices.
- Understanding food labels.
- Eatwell plate.
Title: The great pudding revival
- Development of ideas around traditional pudding recipes.
- Incorporating fruit into puddings.
- Custard sauce.
- Packaging and production of different foods.
- Shopping and cooking on a budget.
Key Stage 4
All pupils in key stage 4 study Btec Home Cooking Skills at either level 1 or 2.
About Home Cooking Skills
The aim of the qualification is to give every young person the basic skills and knowledge to be able to cook for themselves in a healthy and cost-effective way for the rest of their lives, as well as gain the confidence to share these skills with friends and family.
- Consists of two single-unit BTEC qualifications at Level 1 and Level 2
- Both qualifications are fully funded on the QCF and contribute to SCAAT points.
Level 1 – Contributes to Foundation Learning Provision
- Focuses on giving all young people the skills to prepare delicious and nutritious home-cooked food using fresh ingredients, as well as an understanding of the value of passing on cooking knowledge.
Level 2 – 6 credits, 23 SCAAT points
- Develops the student’s ability to plan and prepare a series of nutritious home-cooked meals for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner, and helps them understand how to cook economically.
What our pupils think about Food Technology
- “My favourite part of the lesson is cooking…My favourite recipe is pizza”. – Adam Year 9
- “My favourite part of food tech is when we cook food and eat it at the end of the lesson”. – Tara Year 9
- “My favourite part of food tech is eating our end product and seeing Mrs Dixon happy when we do well”. – Scotty Year 9
- “My favourite part of food tech is cooking new things I haven’t cooked before”. – Damian Year 9
- “My favourite part of cooking is when we can eat what we made”. – Kieran Year 9
- “My favourite thing about food tech is seeing Miss Dixon happy when we all do well with our cooking and when we do as we’re told”. – Tom Year 9