S1 Food Technology
Food is so important to everybody's lives, children need to have a good understanding of how health and nutrition can directly effect their wellbeing.
In S1 the pupils will learn basics in kitchen safety, kitchen hygiene, cooking and how to organise themselves before, during and after cooking.
At KGS we pride ourselves on the amount of cooking experience that the pupils have access to, In S1 the pupils will go through a course that gives them varied experience in the kitchen cooking both sweet and savoury dishes. They will also have the opportunity to use design in the context of the food industry, coming up with their own answer to a food design brief.
The pupils have Food Technology for 1 period a week in S1 for the entire year.
The introduction of the kitchen classroom is key to what S1 pupils do in food technology. Learning how to work safely in a room with up to 20 pupils and numerous cookers is a crucial starting point for the pupils as they come to KGS.
Safety & Hygiene
The pupils are taught how to work safely in a busy cooking environment. The kitchen classroom is different to cooking at home due to the numbers of people, appliances and equipment involved.
The pupils will be taught how to cook in a "clean as you go" style, where importance on being prepared and using space and time efficiently is key to success, with safety and hygiene being of paramount importance at all times.
Using the cooker
Understanding what the different parts of the cooker are for and how they work is very important to build the understanding of how to cook in a safe and hygienic way.
The pupils will be given tasks during which they will use the different cooking styles available on a standard cooker.
Weighing & Measuring
Numeracy and Literacy are important in the kitchen too, being able to understand and follow recipes is a skill that is crucial to successful cooking.
The pupils will be taught about how to weigh and measure ingredients using different tools and techniques.
The S1 course looks at nutrition and its importance to a healthy lifestyle. In line with Scottish Government Healthy eating Guidelines the pupils will look at statistics and also at what a balanced diet means.
This will give them a good understanding when considering their eating and how it may affect them.
There is a cost for the course which we expect to be paid before cooking takes place, this is due to the need to buy ingredients in preparation for the classes.
As this is the Design and Technology department we feel that it is important for pupils to see design opportunities in all parts of their work.
Design in Food is very important, whether that is through designing the taste, presentation or nutritional content. Giving the pupils the skills to come up with their own food designs empowers them to help see food as a vibrant and varied topic that can invigorate our everyday lives.
The second part of the S1 food technology course lets the pupils use the skills and knowledge that they have learned in the first part of the course to answer a design brief set by their teacher.
The task will generally be a seasonal food item that has good opportunities for personalisation such as a BBQ food in the summer or a festive cake in winter.
For this part of the course the pupils will be expected to source the ingredients and bring them in, this gives the pupils the freedom to come up with interesting ideas that are personal and to their own taste.
So the cost is dependant on the design:
Rules and Responsibilities
As part of this course the pupils will be working in a teaching kitchen, it can be a dangerous place if it is not respected.
Before the class
In the room