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The Rowans AP Academy

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Food and Nutrition

In Key Stage 3 our students will be encouraged to eat healthily, prepare and cook everyday meals they can produce for themselves and their families.

The recipes are designed to use seasonal ingredients which introduce the students to a variety of healthy meal options ranging from breakfasts to family meals and desserts. Students will demonstrate food safety and hygiene throughout their practical lessons. Emphasis will be put on the student presenting their dishes to a high standard.

In Key Stage 4 our students follow the AQA unit award scheme in food technology. This scheme offers learners the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate issued by AQA each time a short unit is successfully completed. There are no constraints on how long a unit takes or how many units can be achieved. It allows the student to be motivated and engaged in worthwhile and meaningful tasks. Our students will work from entry level up to level two over the academic year.

Students demonstrate how to safely use equipment and follow fire evacuation procedures while cooking. They produce a variety of dishes using a range of skills and techniques that they can use now and in later life to feed themselves and others.

Department Staff:

  • Subject Teacher: Mrs Redford

KS3 Students in action

KS3 students gaining essential life skills during their cooking lessons

Accurate measuring

  Reading the recipe

Holding the knife correctly and safely. Claw grip.


                     Accurate weighing



This term the students are getting creative with the different methods of cake making. Last week it was using the creaming method to make a Victoria sandwich. This week they will be using the rubbing in method to make rock cakes and the melting method to make brownies.



KS3 pupils have been making traditional battenberg using the all-in-one method of cake making. Here are some of KS3's battenberg cakes.



This week the students were getting to grips with using filo pastry. They have made spring rolls and chicken samosas. Filo pastry is a tricky pastry to use due to its lack of fat content making the pastry very difficult to manipulate. They needed to work quickly before the pastry dried out making it impossible to work with.

Here are some ks3 students in action, making their spring rolls and chicken samosas. 

Well done to them all.




KS3 busy icing their Christmas cakes.

KS4 Students in action

Here are KS4 working together to prepare dishes from around the world.

For this unit they had to prepare and cook three different dishes from a foreign country. They have cooked chicken fajitas and jerk chicken with rice and peas. The staff who tasted their food thought it was amazing!