Our curriculum offer seeks to follow the National Curriculum prioritising emotional wellbeing alongside academic achievements in order to meet the individual needs of our pupils, this is exemplified by the encouragement of cooking nutrition food that enables and embeds the skills needed for a healthy lifestyle in future life. It gives pupils a greater connection to the wider world around them and a greater understanding of our multicultural and multi-faith society that they live in. It provides them with the skills that enables them to go into industry ready.
Also, the curriculum is strategically planned to scaffold the skills required to make successful progress demonstrated through pupils in Key Stage 3 need to have a basic understanding of nutrition through both the food and science curriculum. Pupils should understand the principles of food hygiene. In year 9 pupils complete the ASDAN food wise qualification which includes sections on food hygiene and nutrition. Pupils in Key Stage 3 should cook and prepare a range of foods from different cultures and should be encourages to try and cook food they may be unfamiliar with. In year 10 pupils in GCSE food and preparation should cook a range of foods with focus on specific skills, so this enables them to be able to cook food that show a range of skills in the coursework in year 11. All theory in year 10 and 11 is developed to help pupils develop the knowledge for their GCSE exam.
We strive to enthuse and prepare our young people for the wider world to develop the skills imperative to our pupils’ ability to cope in the wider world and their ability to sustain employment this is incorporated through developing practical cooking skills. Within Food Technology many festivals are highlighted, Black History month, Christmas, Easter and Eid.
In Manchester one of the greatest areas of employment and jobs is the larger catering industry. Therefore, the skills learnt in cooking can be used to increase the employment potential of our young people. Several pupils in every year 11 cohort at Castlefield have gone on to catering at college and a profession.
We pride ourselves on our high expectations of what our young people can achieve, this is celebrated through their achievements of GCSEs, ASDAN, displaying work, reward assemblies, sending postcards home, end of term reward trips, sharing on our website and in newsletters.