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Technology – Soft

Mrs Julie Ivison

Head of Department - Technology (Food, Textiles, and Health and Social Care)

Tel: 01642310561 EXT: 1035


As a department, we are committed to ensuring that all students make good progress throughout all the projects that they participate in within the range of subjects – Food, Textiles, Health and Social Care and Child Development.

To achieve this we believe in supporting all students to achieve their target grades, regardless of what their target grades are. Students work is regularly marked and targets for improvement set. Work is revisited so that students have the opportunity to achieve these targets.

Soft Technology Department

Mrs Kirsty Bannister

Food, Textiles, and Health and Social Care Teacher
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Mrs Kayomi Harrison

Food, Textiles, and Health and Social Care Teacher
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Miss Laura Masters

Food, Textiles, Health and Social Care and Child Development Teacher
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Mrs Irene Roberts

Food Technician
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Mrs Tracey Wilson

Food, and Textiles Teacher
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Year 6 Transition

In order to excite and captivate our new students to Technology a range of fun activities have been planned. These are aimed at encouraging students to work creatively and as a team to aid their transition into a new school facilitating making new friends. Their tasks will be as follows:

  • Textiles – Students will work in groups to create their own super hero using only basic equipment;
  • Food – Students will be taste testing cookies.

Key stage 3

Students will experience a wide range of different projects within the different Technology subjects; these include Textile Technology and NCFE Food and Cookery and Health and Social Care. All students will be taught the basic skills needed to complete projects to high standards, covering areas such as a research, design, modelling, development, planning, making and evaluation. Within a 1 hour session students can expect to follow a variety of different tasks which will help them to develop their understanding of a range of skills, techniques and equipment. This will help students gain a level of independence so that they are able to plan and progress their own work.

Food and Textiles is a very practical based subject which enables the students to learn in a variety of different ways. The projects that students are involved in have been tailored to suit all ability levels and cater for a wide range of interests.

All groups are mixed ability.


Students will spend the following amount of time in Technology over a two week cycle:

  • Year 7 = 2 hours;
  • Year 8 = 2 hours;
  • Year 9 = 2 hours.

Assessment arrangements for Key Stage 3 Design and Technology

All students in Key Stage 3 will be assessed approximately each half term to monitor progress. Each assessment will focus on particular projects and practical work.

Timetable of Projects

Year 7

Lesson ContentAssessment
1  Expectations, Preparing food safely – Why is     temperature control  important ?       
2.  Preparing food safely – Where do bacteria come from?      Preventing contamination  
3. Storing Food Safely  – Chilled, frozen and ambient foods        
4. General practical skills  –  Using basic equipment,      Using the Cooker,  why is food cooked      
5.  Practical  – Snack / Pizza Toast      Preparing food safely – Washing upYes
6. General practical skills  –  Weighing and measuring,          Using basic equipment,  Knife Skills,  
7. Practical – Fruit Salad     General practical skills  -Knife skills, Preparing fruit and     Vegetables 
8. Sensory Evaluation  – Tasting and testing,   – Fruit – Fresh, Frozen, Tinned, Dried 
9.   Practical  –  Fruit Crumble    Yes
10. Textiles – Key Ring Design 
11. Design Ideas 
12. Design Ideas 
13. Practical Embroidery and Embellishment 
14. Practical 
15. Practical- Assembly 
1.Why does the body need food What is the Eatwell Guide 
2. Healthy Eating guidelines – 5 a day   
3. Healthy Eating / Amending a RecipeYes
4. Practical – Muffin 
5. Where does our food come from?   – Grown food,       Organic food, seasonal food 
6.  Practical – Cookies 
7. Where does our food come from?   – Reared food,    
8.  Practical – Stir FryYes
9.  Amending a recipe, Analysis of the origin of ingredients 
10.  Where does our food come from ?   –  Caught Food 
11. Practical  Tomato Pasta 
Burger Assessment 1. Amending a recipe and planningYes
2. Practical – Burger Yes
3. Evaluation  Yes
4. Green PenYes
5  Practical – Jam Tarts 
6. Designers  – Trainers 
7. Fabric sustainability 
8. Design 
9. Design 
10. Marketing 

Year 8

Lesson ContentAssessment
Expectations,  Review   Safety and Hygiene   
Review – Eatwell plate, Healthy Eating   
Nutritional needs for different groups of people   -Ages   
Practical  – Spaghetti Bolognese   
Dietary Diseases – Health Conditions   
Practical – Curry and Rice  Yes                    
Dietary Diseases – Food Intolerance and Allergies   
Practical  Fairy Cakes (Creaming Method) 
 Recipe Amendment  – Health Conditions       
Influences on food choice  – Social Factors   
  Practical  – Scones / Pizza Wheels  Yes
Influences on food choice –  Environmental   
  Christmas Cookies   
  Influences on Food Choice – Seasonality 
Planning Menus – Adapting  Savoury Recipes for Health Reasons  – Obesity 
 Practical –  Bread         
Planning Menus – Adapting  Sweet Recipes for Environmental,  Local/ Seasonal Reasons 
Practical  –  Jam Tarts/ Maids of HonourYes
 Processed Food 
Sensory Analysis  -Tasting and testing,   – Fruit – Fresh, Frozen, Tinned, Dried 
Manufactured Food                      
Practical  – Sausage Rolls                                                          Yes
Practical Evaluation 
Practical – Swiss Roll 
What’s on a food label – why is food labelling         important 
  Modifying Recipes Whats on a Food Label – Traffic light Labelling 
 Plan and Amend a Recipe – BurgersYes
Practical – BurgerYes
Evaluate PracticalYes
Review / Green Pen Activity 
 Practical – Chicken Parmesan 
 Textiles    – Design   
Design Ideas 
Practical Embroidery and Embellishment 
Practical- AssemblyYes

Year 9

LessonLesson ContentAssessment
1Review  Food Safety Food spoilage,  food poisoning  
2Review – Eatwell Guide/ Healthy Eating/ Factors affecting food choice  
3Practical –  Spaghetti CarbonaraYes
4Meal Planning for Allergies and Food Intolerances 
5Practical  – CheesecakeYes
6Amending a Recipe 
7Practical  – Pizza   
8Health and Social Care Assignment  – Early Adulthood Physical, Intellectual , Emotional and Social Development (PIES ) 
9Factors positively affecting health   
10Factors positively affecting health   
11Factors negatively affecting health 
12Factors negatively affecting healthYes
13Impact of life eventsYes
1 Nutrition – Protein 
2Nutrition – Fats 
3 Practical – Cake 
4  Nutrition – Carbohydrates 
5 Practical  – Cake DecorationYes
6 Nutrition – Vitamins 
7Practical  –  A Mexican Dish (Enchilada, Burrito, Taco, Fajitas) 
8Nutrition – Minerals 
9Origins of Food – Grown, Caught, Reared 
10Food ProcessingYes
11Sensory Analysis 
1Food Manufacturing 
2Practical  – Lasagne 
3Amend a recipe  – BurgerYes
5Practical  BurgerYes
6Evaluation Yes
7Health and Social Care Adolescence – Physical Development 
8Intellectual Development 
9Emotional Development 
10Social Development 
11  Assessment – ActivityYes

Projects Costing

A considerable amount of time is spent sourcing the materials for practical work. We believe that a valuable part of the subject is that of materials use, waste, and costing. As a result students will be asked to pay, a representative sum for projects and food practicals in one lump sum at the beginning of the year. This will be communicated at the start of each year via ParentPay.

The Learning Journey

Food Technology

Health and Social Care

Key stage 4

At Key stage 4 students can opt for one of 3 courses offered within the Technology faculty. The courses including the examination boards and web site addresses offered to students are shown below:

Time Allocation

For all subjects students are allocated 5 hours per fortnight in Year 10 and Year 11.

Assessment Arrangements

NCFE Food and Cookery

  1. 60% NEA ( Non examined assessment) To plan, cook, present and evaluate a range of dishes suitable for a specific target market/ situation
  2. One written examination 40% of the final mark, taken at the end of the course with multiple choice, short and long answer questions from the topics covered and from the coursework project.

Cambridge National Level 2 Child Development

R057: Health and well-being for child development701 hour 15 mins48Written paper, OCR set and marked
R058: Create a safe environment and understand the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years60Approx. 12-14 hours36Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated
R059: Understand the development of a child from one to five years60Approx. 10-12 hours36Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated

BTEC Tech Award Health and Social Care

This course is made up of 2 coursework tasks worth a total of 60% of the final mark. Students will carry out a 2 hour exam which is worth 40% of the course. Students begin working on the Award and upon completion gain the equivalent of a GCSE grade. Students are awarded Pass, Merit or Distinction grades. Students are encouraged to develop independent working on this course.

Breakdown of Topics

NCFE Food and Cookery

Content area 1 Health and safety relating to food, nutrition and the cooking environment

Content area 2 Food legislation and food provenance

Content area 3 Food groups, key nutrients and a balanced diet

Content area 4 Factors affecting food choice

Content area 5 Food preparation, cooking skills and techniques

Content area 6 Recipe amendment, development and evaluation

Content area 7 Menu and action planning for completed dishes

In Year 11 the NEA will be completed which will include

recall and apply knowledge and understanding of Food health and safety, food provenance and legislation, nutrition, factors affecting food choice,

preparation and cooking skills, recipe amendment and menu planning

analysis and evaluate to make reasoned judgements and reach well-supported conclusions on food

health and safety, food provenance and legislation, nutrition, factors affecting food choice,

preparation and cooking skills, recipe amendment and menu planning

• safe and effectively demonstration highly relevant skills, techniques and processes relevant to the task set when using a wide range of equipment and ingredients to plan, prepare and present complex dishes (including amending recipes and creating those suitable for different food-related health conditions)

• analysis and evaluation their own demonstration of relevant skills, techniques and processes relevant to the task set when planning and preparing complex, completed dishes in a comprehensive manner

BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care

Assessment is 60% coursework, and graded by a pass, merit or distinction. The 2 units of study are of equal weighting.

Exam is 40% based upon Health and Well Being

This is worth the equivalent of a GCSE.

Breakdown of components

Students begin the course with a short induction programme explaining BTEC and the expectations of the work.

Component 1
Human Lifespan Development Learners will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events.

Component 2
Health and Social Care Services and Values Learners study and explore practically, health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They also develop skills in applying care values.

Component 3
Health and Well Being is a 2 hour exam. Learners will study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and lifestyle indicators, and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan

The Learning Journey

Child Development

Food Technology

Health and Social Care

Key stage 5

BTEC (level 3) Heath and Social Care

The health and care sector encompasses staff involved in direct care, as well as specialists such as health scientists, technicians, support staff, supervisors and managers. There are employment opportunities in the statutory, private and voluntary provision of care services.

Edexcel’s BTEC Level 3 National Award, Certificates, Diplomas and Extended Diplomas in Health and Social Care are designed to provide progression to a university degree in an appropriate vocational discipline, or – for those working in the sector – to BTEC Higher National qualifications (HNCs and HNDs) or Foundation Degrees, or to employment. Click here for more course information.

BTEC Nationals (Level 3) Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care

Students complete the following units to gain the certificate which is equivalent to 1 A Level:-
Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development (Exam Year 12)
Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care (Exam Year 13)
Unit 5 Meeting Individual in Health and Social Care ( Coursework year 12)
Unit 8 Promoting Public Health (Care and Support Needs, (Coursework year 12)
Unit 12 Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs (Coursework Year 13)

Students, who wish, can continue onto the BTEC National (Level 3) Diploma which is equivalent to 2 A Levels. Students complete further units:-
Unit 4 Enquiries into Current Research into Health and Social Care -Year 13, Task set and Marked by Edexcel (6 week preparation and a 3 hour Assignment)
Unit 7 Principles of Safe Practice Coursework Year 13)
Unit 19 Nutritional Health (coursework year 12)
Students can opt for a triple award in Health & Social Care and work towards the BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma equivalent to 3 A Levels. This is a Full time course.
Students complete further units which will include the following:-
Unit 3 Anatomy and Physiology (Exam year 13)
Unit 6 Work Experience in Health and Social Care (Coursework -this includes a mandatory 100 hours work experience in a Health or Care setting)
Unit 9 Infection Prevention and Control (Coursework year 12)
Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and their Care (coursework year 12)
Unit 18 Assessing Childrens Development Support Needs (coursework year 13)

The Learning Journey

Health and Social Care

Mrs Julie Ivison

Head of Department - Technology (Food, Textiles, and Health and Social Care)

Tel: 01642310561 EXT: 1035



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