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Food For Life KS4

Some students in Key Stage 4 follow the ‘Food for Life’ programme which comprises Food Cooking and Food Buying. During Food Buying lessons, students have the opportunities to learn through a variety of activities such as: comparing the prices of similar products, finding cheaper alternatives for ingredients, looking at food labelling, planning a meal on a budget. Students also go to local supermarkets to shop for some of the ingredients for their Food Cooking lesson, which also gives them the opportunity to practice money skills for example, working out the correct change.

In Food Cooking lessons, students learn about different cooking methods as well as how to prepare, present and serve food. Students are encouraged to develop their independence in the kitchen whilst learning the importance of food hygiene.

What students learn

  • To be familiar with and be more confident in the cooking area
  • Good food hygiene
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Safe use of a knife including the bridge hold and claw grip
  • Use of kitchen equipment
  • Use of the cooker safely (grill, hob, oven)
  • Prepare a range of fresh ingredients, e.g. peeling, grating, coring
  • Weigh and measure ingredients
  • What to do before you shop for food (plan a shopping list)

Cross Curricular links

Students practise their literacy skills when reading recipes, writing shopping lists and keeping a diary of the meals they have prepared. They practise their numeracy skills when buying the food, weighing and measuring out for the recipes and working within a budget.

Recipes Cooked in Food for Life
Egg on toast Stuffed Peppers
Ragu Sauce Courgette and cheese muffins 
Easy banana bread  Macaroni Cheese 
Bacon and cheese scones  Marble pear tray bake 
Scone based pizza Bread dough based pizza 
Jam Tarts  Gingerbread
Gingerbread house  Spaghetti Bolognaise 
Shepherds/cottage pie  Beef cobbler 
Minced meat pies  Carrot cakes 
Pasta bake  Fish pie 
Chicken pot pies  Oat and Raisin cookies 
Sweet and sour chicken  Breadcrumbed chicken and bbq sauce 
Hot cross buns  Sausage plait 
Risotto  Cornish pasties 
Quiche  Brownies 
Curry  Apple strudel 
Quesadillas  Meringue 
Summer pudding  Swiss roll