Design and Technology Draft Programmes of Study Final Advice

Cooking and nutrition

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

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, such as 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.

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