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Cooking and Nutrition

Intent: DT – Cooking and Nutrition   


Our school aims:
Through our Christian values, we aim for:

  • Happy, kind individuals;
  • Opportunities for all;
  • Love of learning for life;
  • Motivated children who can thrive and succeed; 
  • Empowered children equipped with the skills to flourish in the wider world;
  • Resilient, respectful and responsible children.

The curriculum is designed with our pupils and the Holmer community in mind. It enables children to access and enhance their understanding of their home, their city and the wider community, developing their cultural capital and giving them opportunities and choices about their future and their impact as they progress through their school career and beyond. This will help them become successful members of modern British society, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities.


Curriculum statements 
EYFS: “Children know the importance for good health of a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.”
KS1: “Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes”
KS2: “Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet… prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.”


What will be made, produced, performed, or published?
Year groups plan cookery lessons as part of topic or science, culminating in every child designing and making different dishes throughout the school. Each dish will be evidenced through photos or written work and contain a form of an evaluation in their books. 

What knowledge will the children have embedded?
Children will know how, and demonstrate how, to use equipment safely and effectively.
Children will be able to talk about culturally significant food in their lives and food significant in cultures other than their own. They will demonstrate understanding of the need for hygiene and safety measures.


What retention may be demonstrated?
Here are some example questions that may be used to assess children’s understanding.
⇒ EYFS: Why is it important to wash our hands before cooking? How can I stay safe in the kitchen?
⇒ KS1: Where do these ingredients come from? What is special about this dish?
⇒ KS2: Why have you chosen these ingredients? What technique have you used? Why is this procedure effective?


Cultural Capital 

  • Children may demonstrate an understanding of healthy behaviours in relation to lifestyle and food choices.
  • Children may show an understanding of their own culturally significant foods, and be able to contrast this with differing socially significant dishes.
  • Children may be able to talk about the variation in the availability of food, and how food can reflect the economic and social structure of the culture surrounding it, both in modern times and historically.


British Values: 
⇒ Individual liberty 
⇒ Mutual respect
⇒ Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs