Food Tech

“Good food provision in schools has been shown to lead not only to healthier children, but to improve attainment.’ (Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, authors of The School Food Plan).


The Food Tech department at Cornfield have designed a curriculum with practical skills at its centre, building resilience and independence in the students as they progress through the core competencies.  Students are invited to take ownership of their learning by choosing their recipes each week with a focus on healthy, seasonal and local eating.   Food Tech provides an ideal opportunity for students to apply their literacy and numeracy skills and develop their confidence in being able to do practical everyday dishes for themselves.


Students in key stage 3 are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and   healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the   great expressions of human creativity. 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 aims of the curriculum are for students to:kebab

  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health
  • cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
  • become competent in a range of cooking techniques
  • understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients

Students in KS4 may opt to study the new and exciting Pearson BTEC Home Cooking Skills.  The main focus is practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials  At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition and a love of cooking.

Topics covered include:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food preparation
  • Food safety
  • Food choice