Food & Nutrition is a very popular subject within Dunottar. The delicious aromas emitting from the room attract both pupils and staff alike and the department actively encourages an open-door policy where people are invited in to chat about food. Throughout all years, skills, nutrition and health and safety in the kitchen environment are taught. We pride ourselves on teaching pupils to cook from scratch and the impact this has on health and waste. Pupils cooking at home are encouraged to keep a book creator journal of their dishes and credits are awarded in recognition of this independent work.
In KS3, skills are built on and recipes are given out in advance to encourage pupils to discuss ingredients with their parents. To encourage creativity, pupils can adapt the recipes and add their own personal touches. Pupils work independently to create their dishes but work together to tidy the room after practical lessons encouraging collaboration. As pupils progress though the school and dishes become more complicated, pupils need to remember to be tenacious to finish the job in hand. In all years, pupils have at least one chance to cook a dish of their own choice and all pupils relish this opportunity and rise to the challenge.
At KS4, the Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE compliments both P.E. and Science and in-depth investigations into ingredients foster heightened curiosity in the subject.
Co-curricular activities allow students to have more opportunity to increase their skills and work with other year groups. Regular clubs include Food Club and our recently-formed Bee-keeping club.
Every year, a group of GCSE pupils compete in the national Future Chef competition. Year 8 pupils are given the opportunity to take part in a Healthy Eating Competition, where they must plan and cook either a main or salad – the winning dish will be made in the school dining room and served to pupils and staff at lunchtime.