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Food Technology

Food Technology, which comes under the umbrella of Design and Technology, is a subject that blends creativity with practicality, emphasising the acquisition of essential life skills for student development. Food Technology focuses developing students culinary skills. Students learn about nutrition principles and acquire competence in cooking techniques. This knowledge helps them maintain a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. As part of D&T, Food Technology equips students with subject knowledge and skills applicable to everyday tasks, the workforce, and personal health and safety. 


Why Teach Food Technology at HAF?

At HAF, we are passionate about ensuring students have a broad range of experiences during their time with us. Our goal is to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in the industry and the broader world. The National Curriculum recognizes Food Technology as an essential contributor to creativity, culture, wealth, and well-being in the nation. 

Students develop the creative, technical, and practical skills needed to participate successfully in the world of health and nutrition. Food Technology cultivates a hands-on approach to learning, allowing students of all abilities and backgrounds to develop basic culinary skills and key knowledge around nutrition. It encourages collaboration, critical feedback, and an awareness of foods impact on society, personal health, and the environment. 


Teaching Food Technology at KS3: 

In Year 7, acquire a range of skills, including basic knife safety, cutting skills, kneading, and combining ingredients. They explore dishes such as Apple Crumble, Stir Fry, and Bread Rolls. 

Moving on to Year 8, students delve further into various food groups, their effects on the body, and factors influencing food choices (such as religion and special diets). Their culinary skills expand to include baking and frying, with dishes ranging from burgers and tortilla pizza to Fruit and Oat Biscuits. 

In Year 9, students will further develop their skills by focusing on dietary needs and modifying dishes to suit different preferences. The goal is to enhance hands-on abilities and create more creative culinary offerings. 


Teaching Food Technology at KS4:

In food preparation and nutrition, students delve deeper into practical skills and gain a more comprehensive understanding. They learn to cook complex dishes with an emphasis on presentation, all while adhering to health and safety guidelines. The principles of healthy eating, food science, and nutrition remain at the core of their learning. As part of their assessment, students complete a Food Investigation Assessment, a Food Preparation Assessment, and a written exam. 


Exam boards at KS4

Studying GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition | Eduqas 


Please view Curriculum Maps below:

KS3 Curriculum Map

Food Technology Curriculum Map KS3

KS4 Curriculum Map

Food Technology Curriculum Map KS4

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