Head of Department: Miss Seema Singh
The Food, Nutrition and Health department aims to educate the girls on good nutrition, appropriate eating habits, exercise routines, sleep patterns and to encourage them to follow a healthy well-balanced life. The curriculum covers a large amount of practical cooking, where a wide range of cookery skills and techniques are developed over the weeks. The department promotes essential skills which apply throughout life and strives for excellence and the highest possible standard of outcomes.
The Food, Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing course is part of a seven-to-ten-week carousel where there are specific focuses for each year group.
In Remove (Year 7), the focus is:
Practical lessons will include basic skills and techniques used to create simple meals. They will also learn good organisational skills, good time management and how to work in a methodical and hygienic manner.
In Lower Fourth (Year 8), the girls will learn about:
Practical cookery will demonstrate a moderate skill level developing on existing skills and learning more challenging cookery techniques.
In Upper Fourth (Year 9), the focus is:
Practical cookery will demonstrate a high level of skills and techniques.
Key Stage 4 and 5 (GCSE and A Level)
In Lower Fifth and Upper Fifth (Years 10 and 11), girls may opt to do Food, Health and Nutrition which, whilst it has no formal certification, is valuable for the development of cookery skills and techniques, as well as for general health and well-being. In Lower Fifth, the dishes prepared are based on ‘Great British Favourites’ and a combination of international dishes, all encouraging a positive attitude to eating and enjoyment of life. In Upper Fifth, the course is based on ‘Essential Cooking’ in preparation for university and life beyond. There is greater focus on budgeting, creating a shopping list, using leftovers, stress management techniques, sleep and exercise.
In the Sixth Form, girls have the opportunity to take the popular Leiths Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine. The duration of the course is five terms, after which, girls sit a written external examination and a practical external examination.
Further information about Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing and LEITHS may be obtained by contacting the Head of Food & Nutrition and Co-ordinator of LEITHS, Miss Seema Singh.
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