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Life Skills

The Life Skills Department encompasses a variety o+f subjects which will equip students with skills for independent living. The subjects covered within this fast moving, dynamic department include Food Technology at Key Stage 3 and G.C.S.E Food and Nutrition and G.C.S.E Child Development at Key Stage 4.

Food Technology at Key Stage 3

To enable all students to participate fully in this area of the curriculum, the ingredients used are provided by the school -free of charge. Knowledge of Nutrition and the acquisition of correct food handling skills are encouraged, drawing on the diverse, multicultural backgrounds of Holyhead students.

This is achieved through a series of project based these which combine theoretical knowledge with “hands on” experience of food preparation.

What we do:

Year 7

Topic 1

Introduction to Food & Nutrition to include various areas:

  • Hygiene & Safety
  • How to use a cooker
  • Weights and measurements
  • Introduction to nutrients and their functions

Practical sessions are carried out on alternate weeks that link in with the theory sessions delivered previously.

Topic 2

Design and make project – Soups

During this project students develop their understanding of healthy eating and seasonal vegetables and carry out research through various means in order to design and make a new soup. Initial practical sessions are carried out to demonstrate the different types of soups that can be made. Students will use these as a base in which to develop their own.

Topic 3

Foods around the world

Students will look at the various foods eaten and the food customs in countries such as Italy, China and Mexico; they will cook a selection of dishes to accompany theory sessions.

Year 8

Topic 1

Diet & Health Project

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the principles of the Eat Well Plate and the role it plays towards healthy eating. There is a focus on the different food groups and students will prepare and cook a selection of dishes that accompany the theory lessons. There is a focus on planning meals for certain groups of people. In addition the students will learn about the reasons for food waste and how to prevent it.

Topic 2

Design and make project based on pasta

Students will carry out four practical sessions on alternate weeks that will demonstrate to them the different uses of pasta, and the various sauces that can be served with them. Theory lessons will investigate the nutritional value of pasta, origins how pasta is made, recipe adaptation, as well as research opportunities for the students to gather information to aid their planning and design of their own pasta dish using the methods that they have used in previous practical sessions.


Key Stage Four: GCSE Food and Nutrition

Students who choose to study GCSE Food and Nutrition will follow the WJEC Syllabus. This GCSE course is assessed by 60% Controlled assessment and 40% external examination. The topics include:

Nutrition, Diet and Health through life

·         Dietary Guidelines and Food Choice

·         Nutrients

·         Terminology Energy Balance

·         Nutritional Needs of Individuals

·         Food commodities

Factors Affecting Consumer Choice

·         Current Food Developments

·         Packaging

·         Food Labelling

Nutritional, Physical, Chemical and Sensory Properties of Foods in Storage, Preparation and Cooking

·         Analysing Food Functions

·         Food and the Senses

·         Cooking Methods

·         Preservation

·         Additives Menu Planning

·         Developing and Modifying Recipes

Food Hygiene and Safety

·         Food Spoilage

·         Health, Safety and Hygiene

·         Risk Assessment

·         Process, Manufacture and Storage

Controlled Assessment (30 hours)

.        Task 1: (20%) One task to be selected from a bank of three tasks set by the exam board. Duration: 10 hours to be                 carried out within school.

.        Task 2: (40%) One task to be selected from a choice of two tasks set by the exam board. Duration: 20 hours to                         commence in the second half of the course.


Key Stage Four: GCSE Child Development

Students who choose to study GCSE Child Development will follow the OCR Syllabus. This GCSE course is assessed by 60% Controlled assessment and 40% external examination.

The topics covered are:

Family and parenting

Family structures in the UK

Pre-conceptual health and care

Preparation for pregnancy and birth




Ante-natal provision

Preparation for the birth of the new baby

Post natal care

Physical development


Newborn baby

Development norms

Conditions for development


Nutrition and health


Nutrition and feeding

Response to infection

Intellectual, social and emotional development


Conditions for development

Patterns of learning

Learning through play

Community support


The child outside the family unit

Community provision


Controlled Assessment Tasks

·     Candidates complete three short tasks all of which are set by the examination board OCR.

·     The three tasks will demonstrate different practical skills and knowledge.

·     Students complete one Child Study Task this assesses a variety of skills.

·     Students must have access to a child aged 0-5 years for the Child Study Task.