Food and Cookery Skills
The intent of our Food and Cookery Skills curriculum is to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating, instilling a love of cooking in all pupils. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill for pupils now and in later life.
Throughout their time at Hailey Hall, we aim to encourage independent learning through individual activities. The Food and Cookery Skills department ensures that our pupils have a wider understanding of environmental impacts on our choice of foods and why there should be more encouragement to buy in season. Our pupils learn about multicultural foods and experience how different cultural foods influence our everyday food choices.
The department has a strong focus and drive to develop independent learners, promote high standards of personal achievement through making and evaluating dishes. The department has a strong belief that all pupils should strive to become independent and self-motivated learners, enabling our pupils to develop personal responsibility and to consider the needs of others. This equips our pupils with the knowledge and community awareness to succeed in life.
The Food Technology department follows the National Curriculum for Food and Cookery Skills programme of study. Pupils will have an understanding on how to apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet following the guidance from the Eat Well Guide. Pupils will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as Mathematics and Science. Pupils will be competent in a range of cooking techniques, Food Technology is the practical science of chemistry, preservation and processing of food. It allows for creativity, innovation and problem solving allowing them to make informed choices about food, diet and value for money. It also allows for pupils to work in partnership with their peers in the practical lessons and peer feedback allows for students to develop their confidence within the kitchen environment.
The curriculum aims to develop individuals holistically and so, to give them the necessary skills, qualifications and experiences to access further education, employment or training. This goal is underpinned by the need to develop resilience, tolerance and all-round personal well- being. There is an emphasis on the process of learning, developing a growth mindset and practical hands-on experience.