FOOD AND NUTRITION
Learning about Food and Nutrition has never been more important than in today’s society. At Westfield, we pride ourselves on delivering this subject to all students and promote the development of practical skills and nutritional knowledge to allow them to make healthy choices in life.
• Upper 3 (year 7) begins with basic health and safety before embarking on a full year of skill development. From making pizzas and pasta to our ever popular Christmas Cupcake competition, by the end of Upper 3 girls are confident in using a cooker and have a thirst for practical work.
• Lower 4 (Year 8) sees the girls making family meals, from risotto to curries. They design their own ‘family favourite’ dish in the summer term and the winning meal is put onto our school menu! This year really extends their subject knowledge on individual nutrients and the girls can link choices made directly to the Eatwell Guide.
• Upper 4 (Year 9), titled ‘Ready, Bready, Cook!’ allows the girls to extend their baking knowledge and understanding of ingredients in food products. From cakes to multicultural bread, Upper 4 have a thorough understanding of baking. This prepares them for their final task, The Apprentice Challenge, whereby teams of girls work collaboratively to design a new food item for the market place, incorporating Business Studies, ICT and Art / Graphic skills. The result is always superb and I’m sure Alan Sugar would be equally impressed!
At the end of Upper 4 (Year 9), girls can opt to follow the AQA GCSE course in Food Preparation and Nutrition. The subject is also offered in the Sixth Form as a Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (A level equivalent).
A wide variety of teaching and learning takes place within the department which allows all students to access the curriculum at their own level and pace. Girls who go on to study Food at GCSE or A level really enjoy the mixture of practical and theory, which is so different to many other subjects. We have had many girls go on to study Food beyond Westfield and last year two former students qualified with a First Class Degree in Food Marketing and Food and Nutrition. Both are working in prestigious jobs within the Food industry.
GCSE: Specification AQA
A level: Specification WJEC