Teaching & Learning

Food & Nutrition

Health and fitness are better than any gold, and a robust body than countless riches.

Sirach 30:15

curriculum intent

Cooking is a life skill, food is an important part of our daily lives. Cooking at CNS reflects the many cultures within our school community and will equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge for life outside of school. 

The subject will enable students to make sense of the world around them. It will help to foster their interest in a wide range of careers such as food development and design, nutritionists, chefs, dieticians and other medical professionals along with teachers and will aspire to pursue further studies or careers in these areas.  

Food and Nutrition will also help to enhance students understanding and appreciation of the different multicultural, ethical, environmental and other issues concerning food preparation and food choice. 

Through cooking students gain many skills such as how to build: 

  1. resilience through adapting recipes based around seasonality, dietary needs, culture and cost of ingredients: 
  2. working under pressure and solving problems as they go along: 
  • confidence via an evaluation process of trial and error to have the final satisfaction of creating their own dish independently that can be taken home and eaten.

Learning about nutrition allows students to make informed choices to know what the term “healthy and balanced diet” means for them and their families.  The overall aim is that all students at CNS will understand what they need to do to ensure they have a healthy lifestyle.  Supporting other curriculum areas such as PSHE, Geography, Science and PE. 

Students will learn the importance of good hygiene and food safety when preparing and storing food and will understand how poor hygiene and poor food safety can affect them and others. 

Our hope at CNS is that through Food and Nutrition students will be empowered with the necessary knowledge and skills to become discriminating consumers of food products. Enabling them to participate in an ever-changing society in an active and informed manner. Also exploring the pleasure, richness and variety that food adds to life. 

curriculum overview: food
curriculum overview: btec level 1/2 award in home cooking skills


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