New National Curriculum for England D&T ks 1-3

Posted on July 25, 2013 by Jenny Ridgwell | 0 Comments

 A real opportunity for Cooking and Nutrition to be taught for KS1-3 from September 2014

Cooking and nutrition


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. Pupils should be taught to:


Key stage 1

  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
  • understand where food comes from.


Key stage 2

  •  understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  •  prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
  •  understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.


Key stage 3

  •  understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health
  •  cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
  •  become competent in a range of cooking techniques, such as selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes
  •  understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.


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