Food Nutrition and Preparation at Gosford Hill School incorporates the National Curriculum guidelines and the core competencies set out by the Britsih Nutrition Foundation. Our programme of study from Key Stage Three through to Key Stage Four allows all students to access a creative and engaging insight into food and nutrition. We endeavour to provide our students with the life skills of knowing how to prepare and cook a range of dishes and embed the importance of healthy eating and nutrition on health and wellbeing. We also incorporate the importance of food choice, sustainability and the science behind food so students are more aware of global issues and safety factors associated with food and nutrition. Food and Nutrition not only provides students with life skills to allow them to make healthy and informed choices, but it also offers a wealth of cross curricular links and an opportunity to explore current global issues.
Key Stage Three
By the end of Key Stage Three all students will understand the basic principles of nutrition and its relationship with health and wellbeing. Students will experience a range of dishes and cooking techniques and will be able to cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes. Students will understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients and as their confidence develops students will have the opportunity to modify and adapt recipes to meet a range of dietary and cultural factors. Students will understand some basic food science links and some of the processes used when manufacturing staple and popular foods.
Key Stage Four
The exam board for GCSE is AQA: Food Preparation and Nutrition. The course is taught through food preparation, food science investigations, nutrition and health, food safety and food choice. Students will build on what is taught in Key Stage Three and develop a more independent and enquiring approach to Food and Nutrition.
The GSCE will allow students to:
The AQA course has three formal assessment assignments: