Key Stage 3

Cooking & Nutrition
The aim of the department is to ensure that all pupils experience different foods, learn cooking skills and aspects of healthy eating, consumer awareness and food safety, in order to become more independent. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

The areas covered are:

  • Basic cooking skills
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Wise food shopping including use of seasonal foods
  • Hygiene and safety

The aim of the department is that every single pupil will cook every practical lesson and to achieve this, the department purchases on behalf of families SOME of the basic ingredients required for each dish. To enable this to happen we request a small contribution per pupil. Families are able to supply all of their own ingredients if they wish to.

Each lesson students are still responsible for bringing a range of additional flavourings/toppings to create their own unique products and suit family tastes.

Homework
Pupils will also need to complete research on a variety of ingredients as well as come up with dish ideas that they can make in their final assessments.

Assessment
Assessment will occur at the end of each practical session either through self/peer or teacher assessment. Pupils will complete a minimum of two assessed practical exams. Pupils should prepare and practice these dishes at home before the examination.

Textiles Technology
Pupils study Textiles Technology in year 7 & 8. During this time they design and make a range of products Examples are soft toys, pencil case and a drawstring bag for the pupils of Kolweny Kingsway.

Pupils learn a range of skills, from basic hand sewing techniques to use of the sewing machine to insert zips. As well as using a range of methods to decorate and embellish fabrics.

Homework
Pupils are expected to gather research and ideas to help with their designs. They should draw and label a range of ideas based on this research. Pupils are encouraged to bring recycled materials from home to use in these projects.

Assessment
Pupils will be assessed on both their designs skills and their making skills, including the finished product. This will be through a mixture of self, peer and teacher assessments.

Food & Nutrition

The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK with a turnover of £96 billion. There are over 7,000 companies in this industry and they employ about 400,000 people. The industry invests in research and development (R&D) which results in about 16,000 new products being introduced to the market every year.

This course covers the principles of nutrition and the practical application of this to enable students to design, create and produce menus and dishes for a variety of consumers.

Topics include kitchen hygiene and safety, nutrition fundamentals, adaptation of recipes, analysis of recipes and menus and healthy cooking techniques.

Upon completion, students should be able to apply basic nutritional concepts to food preparation and selection.

There is a strong practical emphasis, therefore it is ideal for someone who enjoys learning ‘by doing’. During the course you will make many dishes, for example, quiche, profiteroles, risotto, bread, multi-cultural dishes, cakes, egg custard and mayonnaise.

Assessment

Unit 1
Learners will produce a portfolio of products to demonstrate ore skills including general food preparation, cooking skills and methods used at the home and in industry. (This accounts for 30% of the qualification and is internally assessed.)

Unit 2
An extended project allows students to make products for a selected theme, e.g. a year 11 prom event. They will make between 4 and 6 recipes to demonstrate a range of quality finishes. They will plan, test and evaluate. (This accounts for 30% of the qualification and is internally assessed.)

Unit 3
A 1 hour 30 minute exam assesses learners’ knowledge of ingredients, menu planning, food safety and hygiene and nutrition. (This accounts for 40% of the qualification and is externally assessed.)

Fashion & Textiles

In 2016, around 1.7 million tonnes of UK textiles were consumed, 1.1 million tonnes of which was clothing.

This textiles award offers you a highly creative environment in which you will explore textile design for interiors, fashion and accessories.

You will be offered opportunities to experiment with a wide range of techniques for both construction and decoration. You will produce a range of products independently which will allow you to stamp your own individual style and personality upon them.

As you progress, you'll gain an understanding of commercial, ethical and industry standards as you undertake practical, skills based tasks.

Assessment

Unit 1
A number of mini projects allow students to be assessed against 12 practical skills. (This accounts for 30% of the qualification and is internally assessed.)

Unit 2
An extended project allows students to make a product that they develop, test and evaluate. (This accounts for 30% of the qualification and is internally assessed.)

Unit 3
A 1 hour 30 minute exam assesses learners’ knowledge of materials, processes, equipment, CAD/ CAM and career opportunities. (This accounts for 40% of the qualification and is externally assessed.)

Students can gain a pass, merit or distinction.

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