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KS3 AQA Unit Awards

Course Outline

Over the course of the year we will be covering various topics across the curriculum. We will have three lessons a week with the KS3 students where we will be doing the more practical topics such as Horticulture, Cooking and constructing  small projects such as growing areas in the garden area and looking at making bird boxes and insect houses to make our school more wildlife friendly. In other lessons we will be supporting within the curriculum to provide students more opportunities to gain certification for new learning and skills gained.

Term
Class 1 / Class 2 / Class 3

Autumn 1

Unit
  Title
 Level

89909              Healthy eating for 13-16year olds                        Entry Level

72180              Garden construction                                              Entry Level

Autumn 2

80901              Making and decorating a celebration cake          Level One

105560            General garden maintenance                               Entry Level

Spring 1

NT967             Understanding a balanced diet                            Entry Level

Spring 2

108784            Baking Course                                                        Level One

108454            Planting seeds and growing herbs                       Level Two

Summer 1

108781            Basic cooking and food hygiene                           Entry Level

108597            Planting out bedding plants                                  Level One

Summer 2

105717            Designing and making a pizza                               Entry Level

72706              Improving an outdoor area                                    Entry Level

Assessment and feedback

To begin with students will initially work on a series of practical activities, which aim to build up self-confidence and skills needed to progress to more complex projects, as the activities are going to culminate in certification with the tasks they undertake the outcomes are easily assessed as the generation of certificates means the students make progress rapidly.

Feedback

Feedback is given in various ways:

  • Teacher’s verbal feedback
  • Feedback from AQA awarding body which is passed onto the students
  • Certificates awarded in assemblies
How parents/carers can help

If students will be doing practical tasks that may require protective clothing we will do our best to ensure they do not ruin clothing or shoes. If we contact you to make sure students dress appropriately for certain tasks could you please be supportive. Please encourage your children to cook at home or help around the garden or home to give them skills they can then apply at school.

Links to online resources:
  1. https://www.cookinglight.com/cooking-101/12-cooking-skills-every-young-adult-should-learn
  2. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/25-skills-every-cook-should-know
  3. https://www.cookeryskills.com/a-z-cookery-skills/cookery-skills/
  4. https://www.wisebread.com/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master
  5. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/beginners-guide
  6. https://www.capitalgardens.co.uk/blog/valuable-life-skills-that-children-can-learn-from-gardening/
  7. YouTube is an amazing tool for learning new practical skills. Try searching Cooking/Gardening skills.