Design Technology: Food Technology & Catering
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
For GCSE, students will study Food Preparation and Nutrition.
Food Preparation and Nutrition – Throughout Year 10 and 11, students will have to work to deadlines for assessed practical and coursework projects. Project work and evaluations will need to be written straight after completing practical sessions. Students will need to keep folders of their work in good condition and as complete as possible. These notes will form the basis of revision for Year 10 and 11.
There is one final exam at the end of Year 11, based on work studied over the two years – this is worth 50% of the final grade.
Students will complete two practical assessed controlled tasks in Year 11, each supported by a small folder of work. Both these assessed controlled tasks are worth 50% of the final grade.
Key Stage 3
When students join Year 7 they are put into 3 mixed ability groups. This arrangement continues through Key Stage 3 with regular half termly assessments to allow for tracking of progress and ensuring students are working at the correct level for them to be challenged. The subject content will meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and is based on the Key Stage 3 National Strategy Framework for teaching Technology.
The course is based around the key areas of food, health and safety, resistant materials, textiles and graphic products. Students will follow a carousel of activities that focus on developing practical skills in each area. Students will be encouraged to plan and develop ideas, consider who they are designing for and evaluate both the process of making and the outcome. Consideration of the environment and health and safety form an important part of the learning process.
A range of clubs and enrichment opportunities are run by the department throughout the year to develop and extend the learning process.
We pride ourselves on our links with local schools and businesses. At Key Stage 4 we have held several successful ‘pop up ‘restaurants raising money for charity and our Key Stage 3 students have enjoyed our ‘bake off’ competition against Ipswich High School for Girls at the Suffolk Food Hall.