Food Technology

Intent: The Big Ideas in Food Preparation, Nutrition and Catering at AHS:

Students will focus on preparing a range of dishes which are nutritious so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet.

To instil a love of working with food and give students access to one of the great expressions of creativity.

For all students to become competent in a range of techniques used in food preparation and finish; using awareness of the sensory properties of food to make improvements and create their own recipes and develop this crucial life skill.

Students will understand where food comes from including foods from around the world and how we can effectively support food in relation to impacts on the environment and affordability.

How the Food curriculum contributes to the school’s curriculum intent

Knowledge be able to demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food commodities whilst using different cooking techniques and equipment. To develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties and chemical characteristics of food as well as a sound knowledge of the nutritional content of food and drinks. To understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including the physiological and psychological effects of poor diet and health. To understand the economic, environmental, ethical and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, the consumer, diet and health choices. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of functional and nutritional properties, sensory qualities and microbiological food safety considerations when preparing, processing, storing, cooking and serving food. To understand and explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and international) to inspire new ideas, evoke creativity or to modify existing recipes.

Vocabulary rich through use of subject specific language. Terminology relating to methods of cookery, finishes to foods, food processes and specific to equipment used. Learning the vocabulary used within the food industry including the H&C sectors. Food legislation in terms of packaging, labelling, kitchen and food hygiene.

Aspiration through challenge which will require pupils to devise their own solutions to problems using investigational techniques and knowledge of the scientific principles of food along with food choices, food testing, food services and nutrition. Application of techniques which will enable students to challenge themselves and have the tools to do so. Use of vocational experience to enable students to strive for post 16 opportunities within the food industry.

Character building through continued reflection on their work during the DIRT time as they aim to ramp up their work. Resilience to develop and follow through faults in practical cookery. Resilience to develop and engage with big writes.  Pupils will explore and investigate throughout their learning journey to enable them to make pertinent and informed decisions.

Love learning as pupils study engaging problems that will require independent learning and a keen sense of success. Learning and teaching methods will be progressive to develop independence and the ability to choose their own pathways within the subject and beyond.

Knowledge Organisers – Autumn Term

Learning Journeys


Design & Technology

Intent: The Big Ideas in Design Technology at AHS

Students will design and make products that consider relevant problems within a variety of contexts as well as the needs, wants and values of others and themselves.


  • All students will use creativity and imagination to design, make and evaluate products from a variety of contexts.
  • Students will explore specifications from a variety of situations and build technical and practical expertise to understand user needs.
  • Students will build knowledge, understanding and skills on the processes of designing and making through prototypes and final products.
  • Students will use a range of tools, materials and technologies to understand developments in the subject and the wider design industry.
  • Students will understand the impact of past and present design and technology on daily life and the wider world.

Knowledge Organisers – Autumn Term

Learning Journeys

“Everyone at Atherton High School works as a team to provide an exciting and engaging curriculum, that sparks interest and enables pupils to establish their own identities. This inspires pupils to make their mark on the world around them.”

Miss Watson