Food and Textile Studies are important keys for the acquisition of life skills that all our students need if they are to achieve a degree of independence as adults. Students are helped to develop their abilities, to plan ahead, and to manage their time and resources.
Through designing, making and evaluating, students learn to become independent and creative thinkers, able to problem solve and make informed decisions about the suitability of products for different consumers’ needs. We aim to deliver a broad range of practical skills, underpinned with a solid knowledge base about ingredients or materials and appropriate processes and techniques. Students learn the value of co-operation and enjoy the personal success and responsibility of individual and team work.
In Juniors, students undertake food and textile projects that are linked to the current topics they are being taught at KS2. For example, World War 2, the Romans or the Stone Age were they may create a wartime recipe or produce a piece of Roman weaving.
At KS3, students will design and make a variety of products from fruit salads, soups, and pizzas in Food Studies to cushions, shorts and hats in Textile Studies.
At Key Stage 4, students will follow a BTEC course in Home Cooking skills. This recognises the importance of practical work and helps students develop their creativity, with making of food products a vital feature of their experience of taking this course. It also requires students to apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning meals, making dishes and evaluating them.
Qualification Pathway: BTEC Home Cooking Skills (ZVN59)