Please see below some information about the course covered during Key Stage 3. You will also find a minimum expected standards booklet in a hyperlink below. Inside this booklet you will find a summary of all the knowledge and skills that the academy expects your child to master in this subject by the end of the year. These are the minimum standards that we set for all students. If your child achieves this, they should be on track to achieve at least a grade 5/6 in your GCSE in year 11. During each half-term your child will have regular ‘learning checks to assess how well they are progressing against the expected standards. If they do not reach the expected standard in any of these checks, they should be seeking help from their teacher regarding the best possible steps. Teachers will also be sharing with students examples of how to go beyond the expected standards and providing additional challenge.
During Year 7 and 8 our students have 1 hour of Healthy Living lessons each week. The year is divided between three terms with a different area of focus; Food, Food Theory and PSHE.
Year 7 Food
Students will focus on learning basic cooking skills and how to use kitchen equipment safely. This includes a range of dishes from a soft boiled egg with soldiers, omelette and toasted sandwiches.
In the second half term they will focus on building upon the skills they learned in the first term to create a range of multi-element dishes, such as a curry with flatbreads, sausage rolls and cottage pie.
Year 7 Food Theory
Food theory lessons allow the students to cover; factors that affect food choice, food hygiene and personal health. In the first half term, students look at seasonality, food processing, from farm to fork. They will also understand the responsibility of an environmental health offices and good food hygiene.
In the second half term, students look more closely at; what is a healthy diet, how a poor diet can affect our health and government guidelines on healthy eating.
Year 7 PSHE
During the first half term at TGAS our students will learn about how to manage their transition from primary to secondary school. They will also find out what services are available to them, as well as how they can access a range of help, advice and support at the academy. They will also cover issues like friendships, peer pressure, how drugs and alcohol effects your health, prejudice and discrimination.
Their second half term will focus on more sensitive issues such as; homophobia, sexual discrimination, different family structures and bullying and the effects of bullying.
Year 8 Food
Building upon the basic skills our students learned in Year 7, they will show their understanding of how to use different equipment and start showing their creative side by adapting basic recipes.
The first half term is based on pasta dishes. Starting with a layered pasta salad, pasta Bolognese and then a pasta bake. All of the skills gained from these dishes will enable our students to create their own family size lasagne over two lessons.
The second half term will give them an opportunity to prepare for GCSE style activities. One of the piece of coursework that our GCSE students carry out is to experiment with the function of ingredients. Our students will learn how to make a basic Victoria sponge cake and adapt the basic ingredients to understand their functions and to understand preferences from a scientific point of view.
Year 8 Food Theory
During this term, students will learn some of the areas that link to our GCSE Food course. This is excellent preparation if they choose to take the course in year 9. If they decide not to, this information will support them through life to ensure they live as healthy as possible. Students will look more closely at; nutrients and why our bodies need them, special diets, religious and cultural food restrictions, fitness and wellbeing, calories and food waste.
Year 8 PSHE
The first half of this term has a focus on ensuring our students have a healthy body and mind. This will cover BMI, having a healthy lifestyle, mental health and how it can effect a person’s wellbeing, what is a healthy relationship and how to identify a positive or negative one, and how the media can affect our perception of body image.
As we live in a diverse community, this is the focus of the second half term. The students look at what the definitions of culture and diversity is, why it’s important and how to celebrate diversity. Students gain an understanding of different religions and levels of faith within a religion.