Developing life skills is key for the students at Westhaven, which is why Food and Nutrition is very important. Our aim is to lay an early foundation of basic practical skills and ensure that students have a love of cooking and an interest in nutrition from an early age. At Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11), students have the option to continue Food and Nutrition and gain a qualification.
Students are taught the principles of nutrition and healthy eating through a very practically based, specially tailored curriculum. All the ingredients are provided and the ethos of “learning by doing” is very much to the fore. Visitors are welcomed:
- In 2018 students had the opportunity to work with ‘Warburtons’ school visitors team making bread and ‘Taste of Game’ association learning about game and preparing dishes using pheasant.
- In 2019, students welcomed back ‘Warburtons’ school visitors team making pizzas and ‘Taste of Game’, as well as welcoming ‘Chartwells’ school visitors team to decorate biscuits and make smoothies and ‘Healthy Chinese Cuisine Ambassadors’ who travelled from London, to give interactive workshops in Chinese cooking.
- In 2020, students have welcomed ‘Chartwells’ school visitors team to decorate biscuits, create stir frys on inductions hobs and create healthy breakfast bars.
- Westhaven has celebrated ‘Healthy Eating’ Week in June for the past few years with free fruit and vegetables, exercise tasks – hula hooping, skipping and food challenges – guess the ingredient, guess the flavoured water initiatives. All have been enjoyed by students and staff!
In the lower school students have food and nutrition lessons embedded within termly topics. These lessons are delivered by primary tutors. Students have the opportunity to explore tastes, textures and food origins as well as learning about healthy eating and where food comes from.
In the middle school students have 2 lessons per week (3 terms per school year) where they have the opportunity to develop a wider range of technical skills. There is a focus on healthy eating, seasonality, food origins and food science (understanding what is happening to the food) where students have the opportunity to ‘learn as they cook’ a variety of dishes. The lessons are practically based with taste testing and experimental work as well as cooking dishes.
At Key Stage 4 the pupils have to opportunity to take a qualification suitable for the individual student – Entry Pathways Level 2 or 3
– GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
Students have 2 lessons per week. All courses are a combination of written theory and practical lessons.