Curriculum Intent Cooking & Nutrition

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience” James Beard

The Cooking and Nutrition Curriculum at Newark Academy provides pupils with a breadth of opportunity to experience the magic and joy involved in transforming ingredients into dishes and products that elevate our senses and expand our horizons. Our intelligently planned curriculum provides a richness of experience that captures imagination, enhances creativity and exposes pupils to experiences that broaden their understanding of not just food but the world in which we live.

We aim to equip students to become independent learners who are creative and critical thinkers as well as independent and collaborative learners. We aspire to instil a deep love of cooking that exposes learners to one of the greatest expressions of human creativity in the modern world. Learning how to cook is a critical and crucial life skill that enables students to feed themselves and others affordably as well as develop a wider understanding of the benefits of a healthy and nutritious diet for themselves, their families and the communities in which they live.

Knowledge, skills and understanding of where food comes from, the concept of seasonality, characteristics of ingredients and how our food choices are influenced by lifestyle, diet, cost, culture, environmental factors and animal welfare are covered with importance. Pupils will know what tastes good and be sensitive to the impact of the food they make on themselves and others, including the environment.

Our pupils will be inspired by continued exposure to a range of successful role models from across the food industry as well as visits to local artisan producers. They will also develop their understanding of current food trends which will allow pupils to confidently explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions. This will prompt new idea generation for dishes of their own enabling pupils to modify existing recipes with new techniques and food styling that also considers the industrial requirements for production.

Pupils are provided with extensive opportunity to showcase their culinary and creative skills at charity events, open days and whole school events, allowing pupils to develop and demonstrate their unique talents and individuality through our curriculum, our pupils will experience opportunities that enable them to develop personally, grow as knowledgeable learners and clarify their understanding as to how, through the richness of our Cooking and Nutrition Curriculum, they impact positively on society both on a local and global scale.

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