Subject Vision and Intent

The main aim of teaching food starting at KS3 moving onwards to KS4 is to develop students’ culinary skills whilst incorporating food safety and health and safety principles in line to professional food industry standards. Menu planning and designing food is a vital part of our daily lives and is essential for life. As our students come into the school with a mixed experience of food taught prior to starting at Year 7, its vital to develop learners further to be able to support themselves now and in the future whilst choosing food ingredients that will enhance health. Encouraging students from Year 7 onwards to cook from ‘scratch’ has huge benefits to long term health as well as development and progression in food production skills as well as the pupils having some fun and showing creativity.  

Students are encouraged to work independently at school, so they can cook with confidence at home. Providing the students vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, linking in the NHS Eat Well guidelines, so they are thinking about their own health to support eating a well-balanced diet. Empowering students to enable them to follow a recipe and substitute ingredients is a weekly part of menu planning here at Hodge Hill Girls’ School. A variety of cooking methods are used throughout the stages to enhance technical skills as well as promoting resilience in the kitchen.      

Pupils are set tasks in each lesson and encouraged to have a broad viewpoint which encourages curiosity on areas taught. Discussions are encouraged in the classroom on fast food, unbalanced diets, and the effects to health long term.

In addition to covering food choices for different life stages, as well as other dietary needs for e.g. vegetarian diet, allergies, religious and medical diets enriches understanding of others peoples lifestyles. Whilst studying these topics in class as well as extended learning tasks, establishes an understanding of consumer preferences throughout KS3 as well as KS4 which is a key segment in both coursework, menu planning and GCSE exam papers.


Five-Year plan

Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Autumn Term 1  

On rotation:  

British Values 

  • Healthy eating 
  • Eat well plate 
  • Food safety/ bacteria 
  • Health and safety 
  • Nutrition 
  • Menu planning 
  • Practical skills/  students check / development  
  • Environmental  
  • Fair trade 
  • Staple foods - dairy/  
  • Fibre / commodities 
  • Bread 
  • Keywords and definitions 
  • Menu design 
  • Development of keywords and definitions 

On rotation: 

Environment and Sustainability 

  • Healthy eating 
  • Menu planning 
  • Dietary needs - life stages - allergies 
  • Health and safety 
  • Food safety/ food poisoning  
  • Cooking methods 
  • Practical skills development 
  • Obesity  
  • Fast food –menu analysis-sugar in drinks 
  • Fibre modification of recipes 
  • Nutrients – deficiencies 
  • Ingredients- food sources 

On rotation: 

Changing World 

  • Healthy eating 
  • Nutrition 
  • Cultural foods 
  • COSHH- HACCP- risk assessment  
  • EHO- HACCP plan 
  • Job roles  
  • Event planning 
  • Food services 
  • Food outlets 
  • Food choices - menu planning for others 
  • Fast food - fat / sugar and salt in diets 
  • Culinary terms 
  • HACCP- principles key areas/ hazards 
  • Food methods – pastry/ dough and sauces. 
  • Meat and fish 
Autumn Term 2
Spring Term 1
Spring Term 2
Summer Term 1
Summer Term 2


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Key Stage 3 Food Technology


Key Stage 4

Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering 

Exam Board WJEC


The Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering consists of two units 

The Hospitality and Catering Industry – Paper based assessment, external assessment 

Hospitality and Catering in Action – internal assessment 

Key Topics

Learning outcomes: 

LO1 Understand the environment in which hospitality and catering providers operate 

LO2 Understand how hospitality and catering provisions operate 

LO3 Understand how hospitality and catering provision meets health and safety requirements 

LO4 Know how food can cause ill health 

LO5 Be able to propose a hospitality and catering provision to meet specific requirements 


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Key Stage 4 Food Technology


Hodge Hill Girls School
Bromford Road
B36 8EY

0121 464 3094