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St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School

Food and Nutrition

In the Food and Nutrition department, we aim to stimulate pupils' interest, creativity and foster a love of good food through practical lessons. The National Curriculum states: “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.”

Year 7 

Pupils study Food and Nutrition for half of the year, 

Term 1 

- Basics of food hygiene and safety 

- Practical skills and cutting techniques 

Term 2 

- Weighing and measuring 

- Using the cooker and heat transfer 

Term 3 

- Healthy eating and 5-a-day 

- Eatwell Guide 


Pupils are assessed using both written and practical assessment, Year 7 complete a baseline test and they then complete an assessment practical skills test and a written knowledge test at the end of each term. 

Year 8 

Term 1 

- Temperature control 

- 4 C’s 

- Food Poisoning 

- Handling food safely 

Term 2

- Cultures and customs

- Vegetarianism

- 8 tips for Healthy Lifestyle and Eatwell guide.

Term 3

- Functions of ingredients

- Bread project

- Farm to fork 


Pupils are assessed using both written and practical assessment in line with their milestones and complete an assessment practical skills tests and a written knowledge test at the end of each term. 

What will I gain from studying Food and Nutrition? 

It is our belief that by studying Food and Nutrition from Year 7 onwards, pupils will develop the ability to develop skills for life and allow pupils to develop their cookery skills and independence in the kitchen. They will develop knowledge of nutrition to allow them to make informed choices. 

Pathways this course can lead to 

Year 9 Food and Nutrition Enrichment 

Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills 

VCERT Level 2 Food and Cookery 

Extra curricular opportunities 

Pupils who have a flare for cookery are encouraged to apply for the annual ‘Kent Cooks’ competition.