'Cooking and Baking is both physical and mental therapy.' Mary Berry
'No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.' Julia Child
Voted one of the children's favourite subjects!
The skills we teach: How to produce a nutritionally balanced dish
Where food comes from
How to be hygienic in the kitchen and how to store food
To be able to use a range of cooking equipment safely
To evaluate their finished product for appearance and taste
With the introduction of the updated national curriculum in 2014 we have made some huge changes to the way we teach ‘Design and Technology’. We have introduced ‘cooking’ into the curriculum. Cooking starts in early years and we have a progressive curriculum where the children are supported to be confident in the kitchen. This has involved us making some big changes so that we can create a space for a class of 30 to ‘cook’. We now have a fantastic kitchen downstairs in the basement. All our Key Stage Two children have 'cooking sessions' and some are even cooking for their parents and carers at home.
Our children have learnt to prepare and cook:
- Sandwiches with different flavours, seasoning and fillings
- Garlic Bread
- Homemade Pizza
- Couscous salad
- Mince Pies
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Cakes and buns
As well as cooking the children also learn about a range of different famous cooks who specialise in different areas within their field. We know this is a subject the children love and they enjoy watching programmes such as the bake off - we even have our own bake off competitions in school. We really are producing a generation of cooks and bakers which is just lovely to see.
"I like cooking it improves my life skills." MV Pupil
"I enjoy cooking as I dream to be a chef one day." MV Pupil
"I love eating the food we make as a lot of the things I have never tried before." MV Pupil
"Cooking is fun and one of my favourite lessons." MV Pupil
"Cooking is fun, we get to learn in a different room with a different teacher." MV Pupil
"It is lovely hearing that the children have gone home and cooked for their family!" MV Staff
Our 5 tops reads are:
- Complete Children's Cookbook (DK)
- Nadiya's Bake me a Story (Nadiya Hussain)
- The First Ever Baking Book (Jane Bull)
- The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs (America's Test Kitchen)
- Children's Book of Baking Cakes (Usborne)
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A generation of young people that can cook!