Year 7 pupils have been throwing themselves wholeheartedly into their Food Tech lessons where they’ve been creating a range of delicious and healthy food.
The school sees cooking as a core life skill and their aim is to give everyone the opportunity to learn to cook and enjoy good food. As part of their work with food, the school aims to teach pupils how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. The lessons help young people to be aware of the importance of following a healthy diet; have the necessary skills to prepare and cook healthy food; make more informed choices about the type of food and drink they consume; and follow correct food hygiene and safety procedures.
The Food Tech lessons give pupils a solid grounding in cookery, allowing them to develop their knowledge and set of skills, discover a passion for food and find the fun and satisfaction in creating a great meal.
“We work with the Year 7 pupils to develop key practical skills and build on the pupils’ nutritional knowledge and understanding,” explained Mrs Jenny Mawn from Saint Paul’s. “We see the damage that is being done to the nation’s health, happiness and finances by bad diet, and we aim to lay out the benefits of introducing children to a good food culture as early as possible. We try to build the curriculum at Key Stage 3 around the Eatwell Plate and introduce dishes such as fruit salad, fruit scones, pasta salads and stir frys.”
Mrs Mawn added: “Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.”
Executive Headteacher, Mr Tony Billings, said: “In a society overloaded with junk food, our sedentary lifestyles, and the current ready meal food scandals, there’s never been a better time to encourage more young people to enjoy cooking.”