Food Technology

Department Vision

The Design & Technology department at Acle Academy are committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all which provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for students, including Food and Nutrition, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Systems & Control and Textiles. Learning and progress are key and we deliver modules which will allow students to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team. We aim to ensure that learners develop technical and practical competences as well as the wider skills valued by employers. Our main priority is for students to be problem solvers who are not afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students will embrace rapidly changing technologies and develop progressively into becoming informed and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Mission Statement

The department firmly believes that students learn best by ‘doing’ and by allowing them to experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment. We strive to create an environment in which every child will be challenged and supported to realise their potential in an increasingly technological age. This is achieved through imaginative teaching that embraces new technologies and resembles modern industrial processes, whilst retaining the best of traditional practices. At the heart of this, is the desire to deliver a curriculum in which students produce high quality outcomes. Students must learn about the social and ethical responsibilities of designers and engineers and the importance of managing finite resources with care.

Department Aims

 where students feel supported and secure.

and use in their future working lives.

design, make, analyse and evaluate products of high quality.

relation to attainment on a national scale and to form a basis for individual action plans.

involvement, co-operation, patience, sensitivity and commitment. ndustry and the world of commerce.

During Key Stage 3 students rotate between the different subjects which make up Design Technology. This enables students to cover all aspects of the national curriculum through a very broad spectrum of topics.

Extra - curricular Design &Technology

The Design & Technology Department runs a range of extra-curricular activities for both KS3 and KS4 students.

At KS3 a jewellery course is available for students to develop and expand their skill set. Systems and Control offers students the opportunity to develop programming skills using more advanced technology and robotics. Graphics club offers students the opportunity to run an enterprise activity, helping to create promotional products to order from mugs and iPhone cases to Lanyards and T-shirts.

We run KS4 coursework lunchtime and after school clubs each week in all subject areas on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday.

We have organised visits to local companies to look at particular aspects of design and technology that are relevant to the curriculum. Keeping up with the latest design thinking is crucial. We aim to introduce our students to career pathways and further education through participation in conferences and events.

What type of homework will be set?

Students are set regular homework by their teacher each week which will expand students’ knowledge from topics covered in class with tiered homeworks that offer extension activities for students wishing to work in greater depth. At KS4 homeworks are split into exam based questions and tiered extension homeworks. There may be occasions in which students will need to attend extra catch up sessions after school and your support in encouraging them to attend these is vital as it will provide them the opportunity to use tools and equipment which require one to one supervision and will broaden subject knowledge and skills further.

How can I support my child's learning at home?

At home you can support your child’s develop their Design and Technology skills by encouraging them to look at every day household items and analyse the materials and ingredients from which they are made and the industrial

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     processes used to manufacture them. This will form the foundation to their studies in all of our specialist subject areas.

You can encourage them to share their project work with you so that you are informed of the projects they are undertaking and the detailed feedback they receive from their teacher to give them the opportunity to improve their work so that it is in line with their target.

Students are set regular homework by their teacher which is vital as it will broaden their subject knowledge and skills further, it would be beneficial if you and your child regularly check the online homework drive to look at homeworks set.

Students will greatly benefit from access to a home computer or laptop as we can provide many of our programs to install at home. In addition, there are many online revision and support materials available on line which you could explore with them. (See below for details).

As always we welcome any feedback and suggestions from students and parents and carers alike to enable us to provide the best possible curriculum for your child that is relevant and engaging. Should you require any further advice you can contact the Head of Design Mr Ferguson

      KEY STAGE 3:

     In years 7,8, and 9 students will undertake a series of lessons within a module that are designed to teach students the core competences of basic food preparation, handling and cooking skills as well as learning about healthy eating, active lifestyles, special dietary requirements, consumer awareness, food choice, labelling and safety.

Year 7 Outline:

During this module the students will make:-

ean burger

Year 8 Outline:

During this year the students will make:-

Year 9 Outline:

During this year the students will make:-

                            KEY STAGE 4:

     Subject Available Summary:

Content regularly reinforces the links between practical food preparation skills and the underlying science of nutrition. Recipes, ideas and food investigations blend theory with practice. By studying this course you will continue


to expand upon the tasks you have been doing in Years 7, 8 and 9.

You will cook regularly and produce a variety of dishes. Your assessment work will make use of a range of techniques, including the use of ICT. It is expected that you will develop knowledge and understanding of industrial practices and sustainability as well as food service and nutrition. When you make products you will develop skills of evaluation that are an important part of the course.

You will take the CIEH Food Safety in Catering Level 2 course

What Can I Do With Food GCSE?

This is a good general qualification for any food based course or career. You also develop the generic problem solving and technological skills which you can use in any pathway that you decide to follow.

Year 10 Unit Content:

Unit 1a - Catering skills related to food preparation and service

A controlled task selected form a bank of six WJEC set tasks. Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated. (40 marks)

Year 11 Unit Content:

Unit 1b - Catering skills related to food preparation and service

A controlled task selected form a bank of six WJEC set tasks. Internally assessed using wjec set criteria and externally moderated. (80 Marks)

Unit 2 - Catering food and the customer

Written paper (1 1⁄4 hrs) 80 marks

One paper will be externally set and marked. All questions compulsory and targeted at the full range of GCSE grades. The paper will contain short answer, structured and free response questions drawn from the catering content.

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Acle Academy, South Walsham Road, Acle, Norwich, NR13 3ER.  

Contact details are: T 01493 750431 -  E

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