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Exciting KS3 Food Technology Project Ideas Please?!

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by KnitandStitch, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. KnitandStitch

    KnitandStitch New commenter

    Hello all,
    I am currently teaching Food Technology but I am not a food specialist and therefore I am having particular difficulty coming up with interesting ideas for SOWs/projects. I would really appreciate some ideas or advice from anyone that has any!
    'Why haven't you looked at the resources section?' I hear you cry, but the story is a little more complicated than this so I will explain more:
    The school that I teach in has a special programme in which KS3 students can choose one of their subjects for 3 lessons a fortnight. This is meant to start preparing them for potentially taking this subject at GCSE, increasing their skills and knowledge at a faster rate. They study this subject for the entire year, alongside their regular curriculum. Although this is a fantastic idea and sounds like it would be quite exciting, in reality it is turning out to be a bit of a nightmare.
    The class that I am having particular difficulty with has a very high proportion of students with BESD and other assorted learning difficulties (but no support). Although they did start off relatively enthusiastic they have become more and more difficult as the year has progressed. They do not want to do any theory work, they no longer even want to spend time designing their own dishes and for the last few practical lessons about 5 students have forgotten to bring their ingredients each time.
    We are currently in the middle of a 'Come Dine With Me' style competition in which they have each designed a starter, voted for their favourite (from the few that had actually completed their design and included a full recipe) and then all made the top 2 most popular. This will then be repeated with the main and the dessert. At the end of the practical lessons each student scores the dish and the winner of each course will receive a prize.
    I had thought that this would be quite exciting and get them remotivated but it does not seem to have worked. I have no idea what else to try, so any ideas or advice would really be appreciated.
    The current project should last until Easter so I need something that will last for the summer term, approximately 18 lessons. I had thought about entering a competition, and using their brief as the next project, but I seem to have left it too late and the only one that I can find closes too early :(
    Thank you all for taking the time to read my plea and for anything you are able to give me!

  2. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    What about just teaching some basic recipes etc. Take a look at my resources on here, the Staples PP etc covers a lot of basic stuff and would give a good grounding for GCSE work.
  3. Oh sorry Yes of course the money went to 'charity' and worth while causes the pupils decided what each individual charity was going to be.

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