Cooking in the curriculum

Practical cookery and food education is now compulsory in the new national curriculum for pupils up to the end of key stage 3 (age 14).

You can find details on this link.

Main things to teach

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

  • 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

LogoNutrition Program provides nutrition analysis for recipes on a simple level to suit KS3

The School Food Plan has actions and recommendations for school food.

Times Educational Supplement (TES) has created a food education platform – click here for info  – nice and simple to use.

There is also a What Works Well section for food education – well done!

Bills cafe in Lewes

Bills cafe in Lewes – healthy vegetables!