Food & Technology

Food Preparation & Nutrition

As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating in preparation for adulthood. 

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/essential 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 3


• Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health
• Cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
• Become competent in a range of cooking techniques [for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes]
• Understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients. 


Assessment and Evaluation are vital parts of the learning process. There is continuous assessment of students’ work using National Curriculum criteria together with our own internal standards for different pathways. These, and other assessments, are used for reporting and discussing progress with students and parents and for deciding how best to maintain student’s progress.

Equally important is the process of student self-assessment and the development by students of their own Pupil Progress File. This recognises and celebrates the broad range of a student’s achievements both within and outside the curriculum. These records will include certificates received for particularly pleasing progress or achievement.

Students are assessed by their teachers throughout their years at Maplewell and this provides the Teacher Assessment Levels. Student progress is assessed and analysed continually by classroom teachers, curriculum leaders and tutors throughout their time at Maplewell, strategies are put in place to support the learning of all students and ensure that they fulfil their potential.

Curriculum Overviews KS3

Curriculum Map Food 2020

KS3 Learning Journey