There were 5.5 million exams taken altogether and Food and Nutrition was taken by 0.9% of total.
The charts below show the results for male, female and total and the % for grades 7 , 4 and 1. The chart shows disappointing results for boys – only 50% got grade 4-7 so this needs looking at and maybe get evaluation on results in NEA 1, 2 and written exam.
Home Economics GCSE plods on with only 3528 candidates. Reading newspaper reports of results, we are not doing enough to get any mention of Food and Nutrition in the newspapers – this could lead to extinction!!
The Task – To discover what happens if you reduce the sugar in a sponge cake recipe.
We made cakes with full amount of 60g sugar and then did a batch with 50g, 40g, 30g.
You can evaluate the Functional properties of sugar in cakes – the purpose for which the ingredient is being used and can be linked to – its structure, nutritional value, taste, texture, appearance, shelf life.
How to do this
Create a recipe for your sponge cake in My Recipes.
Bake and compare your cakes and then click Star Profile
Name the recipe ‘Star profile sponge cakes’.
Choose descriptors – how the cake should look and taste. The descriptors we chose were – golden, yellow sponge, open texture, moist, dry.
The Control cake was marked golden (5), yellow sponge (4), open texture (4), moist (4), dry (1) – this was our perfect cake.
Taste the cakes and mark them on the chart – tip in the +Add Taster put the name of the cake – for example, full sugar, 50g sugar.
The Nutrition Program Star Profile fills in – now you need to Evaluate the results under Evaluation – see our chart.
To get extra exam marks you can annotate the Star profile.
This shows an example of annotating a Star Profile to show what the results mean.
Compare the nutrition of sweeteners for cakes and desserts – use for experiments changing the types of sweetener used in cakes and desserts.
We are told to reduce the amount of ‘free sugars’ in our food, especially cakes and desserts.
But how easy is this to do and how much sugar is found in ingredients used for sweetening?
Compare the sugar content of different ingredients