at Cockermouth School

Food & Nutrition

Key Stage 3

Cooking and Nutrition

At Key Stage 3 Cooking and Nutrition is a compulsory subject within the Design Technology curriculum. Students undertake all aspects involved with food and cooking, beginning with basic food hygiene and safety, equipment and basic cooking skills. Students will be able to participate in a wide range of practical lessons to build on their knowledge of nutrition, ingredients, the source of food and wider issues such as sustainability. There is a particular focus on cooking and each fortnight students will be asked to bring in ingredients to make a wide range of delicious meals and sweet treats.  The aim is to make students confident and knowledgeable about food and the principles behind preparing and cooking. Students will have 2 lessons of food per fortnight and in Year 9 this is always a double lesson to allow students more time to create meals and more complex dishes.

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Key Stage 4

GCSE Food and Nutrition

At GCSE students can opt to take GCSE Food and Nutrition. This is a practical based course that builds on the curriculum of Key Stage 3 to develop an understanding of the functional and nutritional properties of food, the effect of combining different ingredients and demonstrate competence in a range of practical food skills and methods.

There are two units; one is a written paper worth 40% of the marks which is taken at the end of the course. The Controlled assessment is 60% which is split into two pieces of work, one to be taken in Year 10 and one in Year 11. Students will have a choice of topics that are set by the exam board and will have to complete a short investigation into a food topic which will be largely practical based.

Skills needed; an interest in all things food and cooking, practical hands on approach, well organised, creative and good at managing their time.

BTEC Home Cooking Skills

Students who take the green pathway at Key Stage 4 will have the opportunity to study BTEC Home Cooking Skills at Level 1 and 2. This Edexcel course is taught in specific units and is designed to be a very practical based course. Students will study basic home cooking skills, learning about ingredients and different methods of cooking and also the importance of home cooking for general lifestyle and health. Students will also investigate ways of passing on their knowledge of cooking to others and will participate in different activities to encourage others to cook and eat healthily.

Outside the Classroom

At Cockermouth school we are really passionate about food  and encourage all our students to take a keen interest in all things foody from events in the town such as the Taste Cumbria food festival to them keeping us informed about what they have been growing in their gardens. We like to discuss current food issues and encourage students to cook as much as possible at home. At Key Stage 3 we offer the opportunity for students to join the Rotary Young Chef of the year competition where they are required to plan and cook a 2 course meal using and celebrating local ingredients/produce. This year we have recently tried to incorporate food that we are growing on our school grounds and we have had our first crop of potatoes! We are also continually trying to build links with local businesses and chefs. We have had many dozens of eggs from local farms and also had local celebrity chef Stephen Doherty come into work with groups of Year 9 students as well as GCSE Food and Nutrition students.