The Food Technology Departments aims to encourage pupils to think positively about their food and drink choices by providing them with opportunities to discover the most up to date nutritional and dietary health advice at KS3, GCSE and A Level stages.
The skills that are taught and the fun element within food practical classes also helps them to develop confidence in decision making and group work.
It is also the aim of the FT Department to teach pupils how to become wise consumers.
In Year 9 another wide range of food practical work will take place and the topics taught this year concentrate on developing nutritional knowledge, the importance of food hygiene, safety, storage and labelling regulations.
In Year 10 a major project is undertaken within groups, covering research and presentation skills and looking at topics such as Fairtrade, foods around the world and creative baking skills. In addition, pupils cover topics such as consumerism, vegetarianism, the prevention of osteoporosis and risk assessment when working with food.
The specification is an interesting mix of topics all related to food including, nutritional importance throughout life, meal planning, using resources wisely, methods of payment and places/ways of buying food, food origins and processing, and food labelling (especially allergen identification).
Within the 5 periods of teaching per week the opportunity to develop a wide range of high level food practical skills is also put to good use.
Year 14 pupils undertake an extensive piece of coursework, worth 50% of the A Level mark, and during this year topics taught include the work of all stakeholders involved in food safety throughout the food chain ‘from farm to fork’. Many RSD pupils go on to study a variety of food-related courses at university.
The course offers pupils the opportunity to see for themselves how policies and procedures work together in care settings so as to ensure users receive the best standard of care possible. The course is equally weighted between coursework and examination allowing pupils to work hard all year and achieve their full potential.
Food Technology News Articles
The Springboard Tourism Roadshow
Our Year 10 students attended the ‘Embrace hospitality, travel and tourism Roadshow’ organised by Springboard UK
Amazing GCSE Food Practicals
Well done to all of our Year 12 Food Technology students who completed their GCSE practicals this week. Their aim was to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into the diet. Look at all the amazing dishes they created!
Year 8s rule the Kitchen
Platinum Jubilee Celebration & Competition Winners
On Friday, students from Years 8-11 entered their creations in our special Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Baking Competition. The students’ scones, traybakes and cakes were enjoyed as part of our special celebration, alongside a barbecue, live music and lovely weather.
Smashing Sandwiches in 8R
Year 8 have been studying the Eatwell Guide recently in F.T. and have been planning some healthy, balanced meals. 8R were tasked with creating a “smashing sandwich” using all they have learned about nutritious meal planning.
Easter Cake Making
Over the past couple of weeks, our ‘Food Technology’ and ‘Food and Nutrition’ classes, in Years 9-11 have been busy baking and decorating their Easter cakes. All of their hard work and creativity definitely paid off, they look amazing!
Top candidate in A Level CCEA examination
Congratulations to Rachel Johnston who has been awarded 2nd place in Northern Ireland, in the 2018 A Level examination in Nutrition and Food Science.
Top GCSE and A Level examination achievers
Congratulations to our top achieving pupils at GCSE and A Level, for the following results in their examinations from summer 2017.
Past pupil Gillian Davidson wins ‘Best Dietetics Student’ award
Gillian Davidson, a past pupil of RSD, achieved a first class Honours Degree in Dietetics at The University of Ulster.
Year 10 Tayto Trip with FT
On Thursday 6th April, Year 10 went to Tayto Castle as part of their learning for the Food Safety topic in Food Technology.
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