Food Technology

INTENT

The Food Technology curriculum at The Observatory School offers all students the opportunity to explore cooking in a fun, safe and interactive learning environment where they can learn all aspects of food preparation. This allows our students to become more independent and functional in the outside world and gives them the confidence to explore a range of foods to make healthier lifestyle choices and become more aware of different cultures and their cooking skills. This is delivered through a variety of topics taught from KS2 to KS4 containing practical and theoretical elements. 

All our students from KS2 to KS4 are given the opportunity to cook with a range of different foods so that they can develop their skills and create a wide range of meals and dishes that they could make for themselves. We aim for them to develop their knowledge on the importance of food safety in the kitchen and how to reduce the risks to health when buying, preparing, cooking and storing food. We ensure that they have a clear understanding of the importance of a healthy balanced diet and current dietary guidelines, understand the risks to health associated with a poor diet and how to adapt their diet to reduce the risks. Ultimately, we aim to develop an enjoyment of cooking in our students. We intend to equip our students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. We encourage learners to cook and make informed decisions as well as develop life skills that enable learners to feed themselves and others affordably, now and in later life. We do this through the development of strong practical cookery skills and techniques as well as a good understanding of nutrition and value.  The curriculum ensures that students can actively contribute to creating a healthier society and improving their own cooking skills. It also sets some learners on the path to careers in the food and hospitality industries.

Food Technology at The Observatory School offers our students of all ages a life skill that gives learners confidence to become independent and functional in the outside world leading to increasingly healthy lifestyles. It also gives learners the opportunity to explore a wide range of foods that ultimately increases their tastes, cultural awareness and skills to prepare them for adulthood.

Food Technology impacts on everyone’s lives. We aim to improve the health of students, by helping to influence their eating habits. We do this through increasing what constitutes a healthy and environmentally sustainable diet, hygienic food preparation and storage methods, distribution and marketing practices and their impact on both health and the environment.

It is our intent that students leaving The Observatory School are equipped with the skills and knowledge to lead healthy lives by showing them how to prepare balanced meals as part of a healthy diet. Our curriculum lays a foundation for all students to experience food, learning cooking skills and aspects of healthy eating, consumer awareness and food safety, in order to become more independent and to be able to make informed choices now and in the future.

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