Food Technology for Advanced Performance Pupils
Able pupils undertaking Food Preparation and Nutrition are challenged to the highest levels. Pupils taught Food at Hull Collegiate School are encouraged to view it not only as a skills based course but as an academic subject requiring a good deal of higher level thinking. One of the main focuses in Food is to establish strong core practical skills, which form the basis of recipes; these include peeling, chopping, creaming, rubbing in, sauce making and shaping, rolling and kneading. Throughout this skill building period, pupils are encouraged to cook at home to enable a much broader range of practical experiences. From the beginning of Key Stage 3 it is expected that pupils will learn and use appropriate terminology in both practical and theoretical settings. At Key Stage 4 and above, as class sizes are smaller, pupils have access to 1:1 tutoring and mentoring. Able pupils with a keen interest in Food and those at Key Stage 4 and above have the opportunity to take an online interactive course run by Creative Learning Solutions entitled Food Safety; this is a nationally recognised qualification that is valid for 3 years. Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a full day of Art and Technology based activities on ‘Sustainability day’.
Pupils in Food are asked to consider key issues such as carbon footprint, organic foods, locally sourced foods and Fairtrade products when preparing dishes to serve at a tea party for staff and fellow pupils. At Key Stage 4 and above there are opportunities to work alongside skilled practitioners to enhance pupils’ experiences - for example a chef and local butcher have been in school working with Year 10 pupils. We encourage pupils in Key Stage 5 who are also taking a science subject to apply for a place on a residential course for Food Science and Nutrition. These are fully-funded and are exciting for those lucky enough to gain a place. Pupils in the past have attended these courses at Reading University.