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Children love cooking and we at Buile Hill Academy embrace their ambitions. As early as Year 7 pupils will have regular food lessons which continue through to Year 8 after which they can opt to follow a GCSE course in Food Preparation and Nutrition.
Pupils are guaranteed the opportunity to plan and cook a variety of nutritious meals every week from Year 7 to 11 whilst learning to consider the importance of a balanced diet. Food Technology aims to strengthen pupils practical skills, health and safety awareness and the ability to create and adapt any recipe with confidence, thus preparing them for later life.
In this Department we have:
- A fully equipped and modern food technology room
- An experienced Food Technology teacher supported by a food-specific technician
- Good use made of ICT and multimedia facilities
- A chance for all pupils to study this subject until the end of Year 8 after which it can become an optional subject
- A very popular after school food club – Buile Hill Bakers Club
- Special Event Catering Projects including the Pensioners Christmas and Summer Parties
- A focus on healthy eating, health and safety and correct use of equipment
Key Stage 3
In Year 7, the pupils will spend 2 hours a week for approximately 8 weeks beginning to learn the principles of good food hygiene, safety in the kitchen, teamwork and how to use a variety of kitchen equipment. Teaching is through a mix of fun theory lessons, demonstrations and practical lessons. The theme for Year 7 is Fruit and Vegetables. Pupils enjoy planning and making their own products almost as much as they enjoy eating them!
- Fruit Crumble
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Fruity Spiced Rock Buns
- Minestrone Soup
In Year 8 they will continue to build on knowledge gained in Year 7 by focusing on basic nutrition. The theme for Year 8 is Healthy Eating and ‘International Cuisine’. Each week a different nutrient will be studied and this will be accompanied with a suitable practical session.
- Vegetarian Sweet and Sour
- Oaty Cookies
- Pasta Salad
- Chilli Con Carne
- Macaroni Cheese (homemade roux sauce)
- Victoria Sandwich cake
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 pupils opt to follow a WJEC GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition. This is an exciting and contemporary qualification which aims to develop a high level of knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. This GCSE is practical by nature and involves both controlled assessments and terminal examinations undertaken in year 11.
Homework and Assessment
In Key Stage 3, pupils will be set regular homework which directly links to their classwork.
At Key Stage 4 pupils are expected to stay after school to continue with coursework, one hour per week.
Our pupils are given a Design and Technology target at the beginning of the year and they are given opportunities to improve in each subject area based on teacher, peer and self-assessments. Projects are marked regularly throughout each term with comments from both teacher and pupil with responses to marking. In both KS3 and KS4, folders are carefully monitored by staff to ensure that all pupils are working to their full potential.
Will I enjoy the course?
You will enjoy these courses if you want to study a subject that:
- Involves cooking food
- Is both practical and technical
- Involves working alone and as part of a group
- Is relevant and linked to the real working world
- Supports a career choice
- Is fun and rewarding
- Gives you skills for life
Special Event Catering
As part of the course pupils will have the opportunity to cater for large events. Recently our GCSE pupils catered for the ‘Pensioners Christmas Party’ which was held in school with around 150 visitors. Our Pupils surprised the visitors with a delicious 3 course Christmas dinner which any professional chef would have been proud of! Many of our classes are hoping to go onto further training to step into the professional world of Food Preparation.
Buile Hill Bakers Club
Each week Pupils are invited to come along to our Buile Hill Bakers club where they can cook a healthy exciting dish that they can take home. Each week is different and encourages everyone to try something new, learn new recipes and Hygiene and Safety skills. We aim to start the club at 2:30pm and be finished before 3:30pm