Overview of Key Stage 3 Curriculum
All girls will become confident in preparing a wide variety of food products while simultaneously ensuring they can work safely and hygienically. They will learn about healthy eating initiatives and the importance of nutrition. We teach through demonstrations and primarily hands on preparation, where we encourage each girl to taste their dishes to widen their experience of a diverse range of foods. In Year I, girls focus on food safety and hygiene, the safe use of equipment and knife skills. The outcome is a developed range of basic practical skills. In Year II, girls gain knowledge on how to plan, prepare and produce their own food products with a focus on foods from around the world, sustainability and ethical issues. Year III sees the girls continuing to develop a range of knife skills and produce dishes suitable for different client groups and special diets. They will develop their IT skills by using nutritional analysis programmes.
What makes the department unique from those at other schools?
We are very proud of the opportunities for the girls which go beyond classroom teaching. Each year we hold the inter-House “Master Chef” competition which sees 48 girls drawn from every year in the School competing for the title, along with many other excellent events such as the Year I Tea Party, after school cooking clubs, GCSE trips to Patisseries and many more extra-curricular opportunities.
We provide an inspirational environment that not only encourages creativity, innovation, risk taking and independence but also actively celebrates success.