Food and Nutrition at Waddesdon will equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition, and healthy eating.
Mrs Sheila Watts
Subject Leader for Food & Nutrition
Mrs Heather Bambury
Food & Nutrition Teacher
Mrs Sarah Richardson
Food & Nutrition Technician
In KS3, students learn to work in a kitchen safely and produce a range of dishes which develop in skills and complexity across KS3, building the foundations for the abilities required at KS4 and 5. We believe that confidence in cooking is gained through regular practice, encouragement, and support from the teacher. By the end of KS3, students should be able to prepare and cook a range of healthy dishes to feed themselves and others.
At KS4, we follow the AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition specification. The KS3 curriculum has been developed to prepare students for this course of study and builds in complexity on the skills and knowledge learnt in Years 7 and 8. Students are taught in topics and each theory lesson has a linked practical to develop cooking skills and embed topic understanding. As the course progresses, we move away from directed recipes to encourage individual choice, develop skills, independence, and confidence.
At KS5, we follow the WJEC Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition specification. Each unit within the qualification has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose requires learners to consider how to use and apply what they learn on themselves, other individuals, employers, society, and the environment. This also enables learners to learn in such a way that they develop:
The course becomes more theory-based at this point, but is still underpinned with regular practical sessions, which build on the skills and abilities learnt at KS4. There is a solid focus on Nutrition and Health, together with a strong emphasis on Food Science and Food Safety, with students completing assessments in each of these topics.
Students are taught the following topics in Year 7:
Students are taught the following topics in Year 8:
Food, Nutrition and Health.
Students are taught the following topics in Years 12 and 13:
Certificate (Year 12)
Unit 1 Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups
Diploma (Year 13)
Unit 2 Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat
Unit 3 Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems