Food & Textiles

FOOD PREPARATION & NUTRITION


Whatever way we look at it, Food is central to all our lives and should be celebrated for the wonderful opportunities and experiences it presents throughout life. We can’t help but be captivated by the fabulous food imagery that abounds in the media and no wonder so many of us have taken to our kitchens to follow the lead of Nigella, Jamie and Nadiya!


There are so many reasons for us to take control of what we eat and ensure we make positive decisions about the safety and quality of our food. Building a fabulous understanding of food and cooking is the best way of keeping our bodies healthy and ensuring we continue to celebrate what we are eating! For many students this is a celebration in itself, whilst for many others it will be an introduction to the abundance of courses and careers that lie beyond GCSE, whether it be in catering, nutrition, food science or manufacture.


Our GCSE and Nutrition and Level 3 Food courses offer an exciting and creative pathway which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of ingredients. At their heart, these qualifications focus on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills and their application to give them a strong understanding of food and nutrition for different life stages and situations

TEXTILES

This course introduces an exciting option for students with an interest in fashion as well as how fabrics and textiles are used to enhance the world around us. Whether your passion lies in creative and precise practical work, designing and constructing or wider issues such as sustainability and fast fashion there is something to excite everyone!


Exploring a wide range of traditional and contemporary influences as well as relevant aspects of the industry and its key designers, students use their imagination and creativity to create prototypes that respond to real and relevant needs. Students also investigate social, environmental and economic influences whilst enjoying opportunities to design and create products influenced by your own tastes and interests.


Our GCSE and A Level courses offer a dynamic and inspired pathway which focuses on appreciating the relationship between consumers and the clothes/items we use in everyday life, where they come from, how they have been made as well as wider impacts to themselves and others.

Curriculum Intent Statement
Department of Food & Textiles: Garforth Academy


We believe that students deserve a broad and ambitious curriculum for Food and Textiles, following D&T principles throughout KS3 and building up to more focussed areas of expertise at exam level. Our aim is that all our learners leave us proficient in a range of skills, both practical and non., be this at the end of KS3, 4 or 5.

Through our Food curriculum we appreciate the value of nurturing a positive relationship with food from early on and we strive to support our learners in becoming informed and confident consumers, able to make good choices about food safety, quality, nutrition and food provenance. We also aim to equip our learners with the practical toolkit needed to prepare and cook a wide range of foods and we encourage them to explore and broaden their capabilities and culinary prowess. Our Food curriculum will give students the opportunity to:


• Ensure the safety of themselves and others through learning excellent hygiene and safety practices
• Recognise the hazards presented in foods and cooking situations
• Identify ways of preventing harm from physical microbiological threats, such as food poisoning bacteria
• Understand the Eatwell Guide as the current established model for maintaining a healthy balanced diet
• Recognise different foods as sources of the various macro and micronutrients
• Learn different methods for food preparation and cooking and link these to preservation of nutrients, such as water-soluble vitamins
• Challenge themselves when working independently through a range of differentiated practical tasks within set time frames
• Practice different presentation techniques to heighten aesthetic appeal
• Appreciate how our senses play a vital role in the food choices we make and gain an insight into sensory analysis as part of new product development
• Understand the food science behind food preparation and cooking and how different ingredients and processes are selected for a desired outcome
• Take pride in their outcomes and feel a sense of achievement and increasing level of confidence when dealing with food
• Evaluate outcomes and identify how to improve the quality next time
• Be aware of where the food we eat comes from and recognise any impact there may be ethically and environmentally

PedagogyEnrichmentOther general principles
     Our pedagogy is underpinned by: a rigorous and systematic         approach to the teaching of       the main threads: food safety     & hygiene, nutrition and food     provenance as well as               practical food skills the regular use of live               modelling and demonstrating     processes in order to achieve     accurate outcomes;                   consistently                             introducing each lesson with       WHAT and WHY for each to       set the objectives and               outcomes in a clear and             accessible way  a range of strategies to             deepen knowledge so that it       is committed to long term         memory. Strategies                   include the use of PIN   marking, RAGB tasks and green   pen students response to   feedback an acceptance that our   students are on a learning   journey and need much   revisiting of the main topic   areas to embed understanding   of the facts the importance of giving   students regular opportunities   to identify ways to improve and   redraft workWe will enrich our curriculum by establishing cross-curricular  links seeking to provide regular      on and off-site subject or        topic related experiences encouraging students to get    more involved with food in      the home, eg. involvement      with planning and cooking      where possible developing partnerships           with external providers that     extend children’s   opportunities for learning,       eg. SHU, Kinnerton posting regularly with news     and support as well as             sharing our students work       on our department twitter         account      Our curriculum will enable students to:learn within a coherent and progressive                    frameworkdevelop new skills through a variety of                      interesting contexts to foster enjoymentdevelop a rich and deep subject knowledgeunderstand what they are doing well and how          they need to improvebuild positive relationships with foodimprove their spiritual, social, moral and cultural      understandingwork collaboratively to share ideas and skills

Through our Textiles curriculum we open our learner’s minds to how fabrics and other materials interact with us as consumers and encourage students to question function and form as well as style and user needs. We also ensure all our students have experience with the main equipment, such as the sewing machine and over locker and we encourage them to explore and broaden their capabilities and levels of personal challenge with practical work. Our Textiles curriculum will give students the opportunity to:

• Ensure the safety of themselves and others through learning established practices in the working environment and specifically with the machines and sharp equipment
• Recognise the hazards presented and identify ways of preventing harm
• Explore the properties of a range of natural and man-made fibres and fabrics
• Relate the properties of different materials to their end uses
• Explore technological developments and the use of Smart materials in modern clothing and other applications
• Use a range of equipment safely and accurately to produce different outcomes
• Communicate their design ideas using a variety of methods
• Practice different presentation techniques to heighten aesthetic appeal
• Challenge themselves when working independently through a range of differentiated practical tasks within set time frames
• Use skills and understanding gained at KS3 to design and make with greater creativity and individuality at KS4 and beyond
• Be aware of current fashion and any impact there may be from production methods ethically and environmentally
• Explore the work of designers, incl. awareness of British fashion designers and tap into these to inspire their own design work
• Take pride in their outcomes and feel a sense of achievement and increasing level of confidence when dealing with fabrics, materials and components
• Evaluate outcomes and identify how to improve the quality next time

PedagogyEnrichmentOther general principles
Our pedagogy is underpinned by:a rigorous and systematic approach to the teaching of the main threads: fibres/fabrics, , construction, sustainability and user needsthe regular use of live modelling and demonstrating processes in order to achieve accurate outcomes; consistently introducing each lesson with WHAT and WHY for each to set the objectives and outcomes in a clear and accessible waya range of strategies to deepen knowledge so that it is committed to long term memory. Strategies include the use of PIN marking, RAGB tasks and green pen students response to feedbackan acceptance that our students are on a learning journey and need much revisiting of the main topic areas to embed understanding of the factsthe importance of giving students regular opportunities to identify ways to improve and redraft workWe will enrich our curriculum by: establishing cross-curricular linksseeking to provide regular on and off-site subject or topic related experiences, eg. Clothes Showencouraging and supporting students to recycle and upcycle their own clothes into wearable current fashiondeveloping partnerships with external providers & designers that extend children’s opportunities for learningOur curriculum will enable students to: learn within a coherent and progressive frameworkdevelop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts to foster enjoymentdevelop a rich and deep subject knowledgeunderstand what they are doing well and how they need to improvebe ethically and environmentally-conscious consumersimprove their spiritual, social, moral and cultural understanding work collaboratively to share ideas and skills