As part of the Design and Technology curriculum pupils aged 5 to 14 are required to participate in practical cooking sessions at school on a regular basis.

In Key Stage 1 pupils should be taught:

  • to use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes;
  • to understand where food comes from.

At Key stage 2 pupils should be taught:

  • to understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet;
  • to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques;
  • to understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Each year group from Year 1 upwards has a chance to cook at least once every term in our purpose built children’s kitchen facility. It is hoped that through cooking regularly at school, children will learn an essential life skill and become competent cooks. Children learn the theory as well as practical lessons and take their cooking home so they can share it with friends and family.

Reception children enjoy cooking and tasting sessions in their classrooms to fit around their learning.

We plan interesting and varied dishes for the children to prepare. Our aim is that the children will leave school with their own recipe book having learnt to cook a wide range of dishes and acquired many skills of food preparation.

We want the children to begin to understand the principles of nutrition, healthy eating, seasonality and where their food comes from during their time with us. But most importantly we hope to instil in them an appreciation and love of real food and cooking, and offering them a vehicle for their creativity.

We teach children about heritage and culture through food and cooking.  Where possible, we try to link in special events in the calendar year (eg Easter and Christmas) making cookery fun and relevant for the children. Cookery also links to other areas of the curriculum. Where possible, cross-curricular links are made, for example making Greek dishes when learning about Ancient Greece.

Recipes used in the lessons are published on the school website so the children can rehearse the dishes again with their family.