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The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) is a Surrey based Multi-Academy Trust, comprising four secondary, six primary and two special schools with two further under development. We are proud of our ethos of collaboration and inclusion, "Bringing out the best" in students of all abilities and backgrounds. Visit website

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Food Technology

Our Curriculum Intent

The Food Technology Department will achieve the Howard’s curriculum intent by bringing out the best through encouraging the student’s creativity, self-confidence and promoting skill development through practical tasks and group work.

We will ensure our curriculum is broad and balanced by providing a course where students learn practical life skills, make recipes that encourage a lifelong enjoyment of food, within the parameters of healthy living, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

We will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of nutrition, healthy eating, food preparation, hygiene, cooking techniques and food’s sensory characteristics.

We promote the development of high-level skills and resilience in a safe environment. We enable students to follow instructions / recipes, substitute ingredients and cooking methods as appropriate to meet the needs of different dietary requirements.

We encourage students to become discriminating consumers of food products, enabling them to participate in society as active and informed consumers. Students will be encouraged to understand the environmental factors which affect inequalities in food distribution on a local and global scale, giving them an understanding of the need to minimise food waste.

Students will explore several multicultural perspectives concerning food. Students will enhance their understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of people from a variety of cultural backgrounds through the preparation of food from different countries, developing an awareness of diversity within our community. 

Our Learning Journey

Please click here for our KS3 Food Learning Journey.

Please click here for our KS4 Food Learning Journey.

Please click on the relevant link below for our Food Learning Journeys:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11 

National Curriculum Mapping

Our schemes of work are aligned with the National Curriculum and are designed to at least meet its requirements, going beyond them in many respects.

To access the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for KS3 Design & Technology (of which Food Technology is a part), click here. 

The National Curriculum Purpose of Study for Cooking & Nutrition (what we call Food Technology) is as follows: 

As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

KS4 Course Information

For information about KS4 courses, please refer to the KS4 Curriculum e-booklet.

Please click here for the KS4 Food Technology exam specification.

KS5 Course Information

For information about the KS5 Courses available, click here.