As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. 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.
Pupils should be taught to:
Key stage 1
- use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
- understand where food comes from.
Key stage 2
- understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
- prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
- understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.
Cooking at North Road
Every child in Key Stage One and Two will take part in cooking a healthy recipe in school, on a Friday afternoon.
In Neptune and Jupiter: each child will help measure, prepare and discuss ingredients used in seasonal savoury recipes and discuss the importance of healthy eating.
In Mars class: children will carry out different seasonal recipes and discuss where the ingredients come from.
In Pluto class: Children will explore foods from different cultures and discuss health eating within their class at different parts of the year.
Within the Edison curriculum all children will have a chance to carry out additional cookery and /or healthy eating activities.