Knole Academy has two purpose built Food Technology rooms, which are very well-equipped.
Food Technology is a very popular subject within the academy. Students learn a great deal through practical activities and our hands-on approach allows students to experience a wide variety of high quality practical activities, equipping them with essential life skills.
Food Technology Vision
Our aim is to provide every student with the opportunity to develop real and tangible skills that will help and support them throughout their lives. We endeavour to create a learning environment that will aid the facilitation of learning and empower students to develop a lifelong interest in food. We actively promote the concepts of eating a well-balanced diet and adopting a healthy lifestyle which we hope will build a legacy for life. We seek to achieve this by providing a structured and supportive learning environment where students feel confident to develop and progress.
Key Stage 3
In all our key stage 3 units of work students complete a design and make task. Students are set challenging but realistic targets each year. Achievement levels are awarded at the end of each unit of work.
Students work from differentiated workbooks to support and aid their individual learning. We focus on safety and hygiene in the kitchen, using equipment correctly and basic nutrition. Practical activities enable the students to follow a design brief, encouraging them to research and develop suitable design ideas which match design specifications.
Students build upon foundation skills from year 7 and consolidate learning. We use a wider range of equipment to develop quality products. Students are introduced to food labelling and the traffic light labelling system.
Key Stage 4
Food Technology is a popular option with a proven track record of excellent exam results. In 2016 students achieved 93% A*-C.
The GCSE option provides students with an opportunity to develop a wide range of practical skills in the planning, preparation and serving of food.
Students learn about the principles of healthy eating, nutrition, diet and food science and cover topics such as Fairtrade, Organic Farming, Sustainability and Food Miles. We aim to create informed consumers of the future who eat healthily, consider costs, and the environmental, social, ethical and moral issues surrounding food production. We develop critical thinking skills and encourage students to explore and debate food and farming issues.
Specification: AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
The exciting new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition specification equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety.
Students will be taught the science behind what makes food tasty in a new GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition from exam board AQA. The qualification will also equip students with an unprecedented range of kitchen skills and an in-depth understanding of nutrition.
The syllabus covers five sections:-
1. Food, nutrition and health
2. Food science
3. Food safety
4. Food choice
5. Food provenance
How it's assessed:
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (100 marks) - 50% of GCSE multiple choice questions (20 marks), five questions each with a number of sub-questions (80 marks).
Task 1: Food investigation: Report (1500 - 2000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.
Task 2: Food preparation assessment: Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes in a timed period of 3 hours.
Kent Young Chef Award
The Kent Young Chef Award is aimed at encouraging the county's most talented future young chefs, and young people who are passionate about cooking, to take part in this dynamic competition.
Two year 9 students Liam Banks and Tyler Smith were selected for the Young Kent Chef final. The boys had to devise and write a main course recipe to serve two people using seasonal, autumnal ingredients and locally grown or reared Kentish produce. The entry had to feature some original input from the competitor.
We are delighted that Liam Banks was awarded the Young Kent Chef of the Year 2016 title.