Cooking at NRC aims to enable pupils to develop the skills and knowledge to have a healthy and balanced relationship with food. To enable pupils to do this we have developed a cooking curriculum that gives pupils the opportunity to achieve the Food Standards Agency’s, Core competences for children and young people aged 5 to 16 years: A framework of skills and knowledge around food, diet and physical activity.



Core Competences:

“In 2007, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched Core Food Competences for children aged 5-16 years, developed in consultation with the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF). The competences set out a progressive framework of skills and knowledge which comprise essential building blocks around the themes of diet and health, consumer awareness, cooking and food safety for children and young people.”

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NRC Cooking curriculum content:

Each week pupils have 1x 50 minute practical cooking lesson which follows the British Nutrition Foundation’s Food a fact of life – License to Cook program. Within these lessons pupils develop skills and knowledge in 5 key areas: practical capability in preparing and cooking a range of dishes, using different pieces of equipment, organisation and Hygiene and safety.

The recipes that pupils learn to cook include:

  • Thai Green Curry
  • Spaghetti Bolognaise
  • Shepherd’s pie
  • Kofta
  • Risotto
  • Pies, pastries and puddings
  • Tacos
  • Bread
  • Pizza
  • Cakes, muffins, tarts and biscuits


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