Cooking begins as a holistic experience where pupils explore using all their senses, through a multi-sensory and immersive approach, building on or establishing their relationship with food. Within this curriculum outcomes are planned which are ambitious and aim to engage and motivate every learner regardless of their age or stage of learning. Opportunities to communicate are embedded throughout the curriculum.
Pupils basic knowledge and practical ability in relation to cooking and Nutrition is a vital life skill. It makes a significant contribution to teaching students ‘how to learn’ by promoting their potential in respect of developing ideas, planning, producing edible products and evaluating them. There are opportunities for pupils to be creative and they are encouraged to express their personal identity and individuality. This curriculum always celebrates diversity through a range of learning experiences.
Pupils are taught to stay safe by following kitchen routines, and are able to identify hazards. Pupils learn to appreciate that we live in an increasingly technological world with regard to the production of food, the way food is cooked and the overall impact of cooking and Nutrition on their daily lives. Sustainability and responding to environmental concerns around ‘food miles’ etc is also explored.
Practical opportunities to consider food for different occasions and managing a food budget and shopping are key life skills that are revisited throughout the curriculum towards independent living.