“I like how we get to do cooking because I don’t get to do it at home. When our teacher does a demo, we actually get to eat the food!” Year 5 pupil
Throughout their time studying Food Technology at Danesfield, it is intended that students will become proficient, independent cooks. Lessons focus on the development of both practical and research skills so that students become informed, inspired and equipped to continue this essential life skill.
Lessons encourage students to demonstrate their creativity and independent thinking. They enable them to develop practical skills such as measuring, weighing, following recipes and meal planning. They also learn about the importance of nutritionally balanced food. Pupils learn the importance of health and safety within the kitchen and are taught about cultural and seasonal cookery practice which informs their understanding of the affordability and diversity of food.
Students are given the opportunity to research and educate themselves about food in order to become informed about where food comes from (e.g. local produce, food origins and culturally inspired foods) and to become nutritionally conscious; understanding the importance of different food groups and their health benefits. They develop confidence at understanding food labelling and how this can help them make informed choices.
Food Technology at Danesfield is current and inspiring; it provides all students with a crucial life skill and will hopefully ignite a lifelong passion in many.