Food Tech Blog
Spring 1- Year 7
The year 7s have worked on the theme of bread this half term. They have learnt about the basic ingredients and methods used to make bread. Key skills covered have been how to use digital scales, weighing, pouring, mixing, kneading, dry frying and baking. The year 7’s are improving in tidying up after themselves, washing, drying and putting equipment away.
BTEC students were learning about making different breakfasts, including porridge which turned out to be surprisingly popular, as well as designing and making a club sandwich and a full monty breakfast! Pancakes are always favourites with various fillings along with bacon sandwiches.
Autumn 2 Foodwise.
During the second half of the Autumn term the KS4 Options group, doing the Food wise course were learning about different diets. They learnt about lacto vegetarians, vegans, meat eaters and pescetarians. They followed a burger theme making burgers for each of these diets. They enjoyed eating them the most!!
Autumn 1 2017
The year 7s learnt how to make items for a packed lunch box including filled sandwiches, rolls, pitta pockets and wraps. They choose what items they would like to make and then demonstrated the skills they had learnt, mainly designing, spreading, cutting and grating. Students were encouraged to make different choices each week.
The year 8s made different drinks, ranging from smoothies, tea, coffee hot chocolate and lemonade. Students were fascinated to learn how tea was made with a tea pot, tea cosy and tea strainer! They also learnt about which plants
tea, coffee and cocoa comes from and how it is processed.
The year 9s worked on food from different countries and enjoyed tasting different flavours and textures. They worked on peeling, chopping, frying and making adaptations to recipes. Dishes included Spanish Omelette, Ratatouille and curry. Lots of lovely smells wafted around the school!
This summer term its all about picnics. They have been planning suitable foods and making items for a picnic which we froze. This week they have all had a picnic on the field although they were in the outside classroom on the days that the sun didn’t shine! They enjoyed eating their sausage rolls and fruit muffins, crisps and squash.
Year 8 have been making puddings for summer. They have been looking at fruits in season and choosing which to put in their desserts. In the pictures they are making Eton Mess.
This summer term Year 9 were working on the theme Celebration. They planned a menu for different occasions including a school fayre, wedding and a christening. The items they made in Food Technology included mini quiche and icing a cake.
BTEC students were focusing on cooking independently including following a recipe, health and safety whilst cooking and how to share recipes with others. They successfully made a pineapple upside down cake.
The Year 10 Foodwise students have been planning and organising a coffee morning and preparing snacks. They really enjoyed choosing their fillings for the sandwiches, making them and eating them!
Students have been continuing on their meal preparation and cooking unit of the Towards Independence accreditation. Here they have made Eton Mess using skills including chopping fruit, crumbling meringues and whipping cream. Lovely!
Year 7 have been learning all about fruit. We started right at the beginning and planted some strawberries and tomatoes. When the fruit is ripe we will use it to make some recipes in Food Tech. Luckily, it didn’t rain when we were gardening and the pupils enjoyed the lessons. They were all engaged and interested in seeing the progress their plants were making when we re-visited.
Year 8 were learning about pasta. They made their own fresh egg pasta and had fun putting it through the pasta machine. They made tagliatelle and cooked and ate it. The next few lessons were taken up with making lasagne and spaghetti bolognaise. These were very popular lessons!
ESInt continue to explore all their senses and develop basic skills to make a variety of pasta dishes. I think they enjoyed this lesson!
This term the BTec students will be making different salads and dressings. They have completed a carrot and apple salad and a green salad with a vinaigrette dressing. They are using the Eatwell plate to check it is a healthy balanced salad. They will be focussing on why learning home cooking is beneficial.
The KS4 Foodwise students are practising different techniques for cutting and chopping vegetables ensuring knife safety. They were all very able at this task and ended the session with a beautiful plate of crudités and dips to tuck into.
If you didn’t know………. Osborne run a breakfast club based in our Café. We open from 8am and offer great choices. Always available are cereals, toast, juice and fruit. On particular days we offer croissants, eggs (fried or boiled!), pancakes and Friday is bacon sandwich day. Prices for students are £1 Monday -Thursday and £1.50 for that very popular bacon sandwich! If your child comes to school by bus he is allowed off the bus early to attend breakfast club. There is no notice required – everyone is welcome either every day or 1 day a week. Please give us a try.
Year 9 planned to cook a 3 course meal this Spring term. 9CMC cooked a Chinese themed meal. They are cooking Spring Rolls and Chow Mein. 9BR have gone all Italian and made Garlic flatbread to start and will cook Calzone this week – desserts to come!
December in the Food Tech Room was all about Christmas! Year 8 made some fairy cakes and 9CMC excelled at decorating them for our Christmas Tree for the Osborne Tree Competition . Although we didn’t win we were very pleased with the end result. Year 7s made Christmas biscuits and Chocolate Logs and 9 BR made Mince pies. They had a few to make as you can see!
This half term LRBVK and ESInt have been making different soups, some groups have made Leek and Potato and Parsnip Soup while others have made different cup a soups, building on the skills to get the equipment needed with verbal and symbol prompts, pouring and mixing.
Osborne College students have been learning to make hot snacks as part of ASDAN Towards Independence Certificate and Personal Progress Certificates. Lots of learning took place about health and safety, using heat, how to handle equipment and appropriate hygiene.
Year 9s topic this half term has been Food Around The World. They have cooked Spanish Omelette, Ratatouille and Mushroom, Pea and Potato Curry. In the photos we have some students from 9BR chopping vegetables for their curry.
The students had a great time in Shakespeare Week making Tudor food . Year 7 made Jumbles – spiced biscuits. Year 8 peeled and cut to make Pease Pottage and Year 9 cooked Rice Pudding complete with rose petal decoration! Our BTec students excelled at Tudor Pork Pies and our LRB students along with Osborne College students working on the Towards Independence curriculum made Gingered Bread. It all looks like it would make a fine banquet!
The Macmillian Coffee Morning
On Friday 30th September Osborne School sold a cake sale in aid of Macmillian Cancer Support. The cakes were made by the students in ‘The Great Osborne Bake Off’ the previous day. A big THANKYOU to all parents/carers/students who attended. We raised over £100! The Clafe was buzzing all morning with visitors and students from Osborne College did a great job at serving so many customers.
For the past couple of weeks students have been making Easter themed foods. These have included an old favourite, Easter nests, and some new recipes like Hot Cross Buns, (prove twice for best results) . We have also had a go at making Chocolate Easter Eggs! Follow the link and video demonstration!