The Food Technology room is a creative and inspirational space that offers excellent facilities for teaching and learning. The pupils, across all school years, have available a range of modern equipment and resources to enable them to progress their culinary skills.
Food Technology in the Lower School
Pupils in the lower school learn to develop a basic understanding of the nutritional value of fruit and vegetables, through various practical and theory activities. The pupils also learn about basic cutting and food preparation techniques and how to work safely within a cooking environment.
Food Technology in the Middle School
In years 6,7 and 8 pupils have the opportunity to further build their skills through a range of projects that include baking, eggs and cheese and chocolate & staple foods (pasta). This is supported by instruction and practice on more advanced food preparation techniques.
Food Technology in the Upper School
Year 9 Food Technology initially focuses on pupils extending confidence in their food and cooking preparation abilities by making a wide variety of dishes that forms the theme of ‘Food for Life’. Pupils also have the opportunity to complete a project that allows them to choose and prepare their own dishes for a special occasion.
During the summer term Year 9 work in teams on an environmental themed task that focuses on local and Fair Trade produce.
Food at GCSE: WJEC Catering
Rushmoor offers pupils in year 10 an option to study catering at GCSE. The course is designed to give pupils an understanding of the preparation of food in the catering industry and careers paths they can follow. The specification places great emphasis on the developing and presentation of food and building their repertoire of cooking skills. The GCSE course is comprised of two written and practical controlled assessment tasks that are completed in year 10 and 11 and a theory exam in their final year.
In Year 10 GCSE pupils also have opportunities to take part and experience catering for school events.