Food preparation and cooking

Licence to Cook

Learn more about Licence to Cook.

Sessions 1 to 5

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Sessions 6 to 10

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Sessions 11 to 16

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Getting started

Four videos to introduce getting ready to cook and weighing/measuring.

Using equipment

Four videos showing how to use small pieces of electrical equipment safely.

Preparing ingredients

Thirteen videos showing how to prepare a range of ingredients safely - including knife skills.

Using the cooker

Four videos showing how to use the cooker safely, including draining away boiling water (after boiling on the hob).

Using flour

Five videos showing how to rub-in, form a dough, roll out a dough, fold a mixture and spoon mixture into cases.

Making a sauce

Two videos showing how to make a white and a tomato sauce.

Extra Session 1: Biscuits

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Extra Session 2: Bread

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Extra Session 3: Pancakes

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Additional resources

Resources to support the teaching and learning of food preparation and cooking

Nutritional analysis

Explore food is a user-friendly online nutritional analysis tool for secondary school students

Welcome

Welcome to the Cooking module. This resource is based on Licence to Cook, the initative in England which sought to provide all secondary school students with the opportunity to learn how to cook, as well as make informed decisions about their diet and health. It is based on students experiencing a minimum of 16 hours of practical cooking, learning essential cooking skills.

To aid progression and flexibility, the resources have been divided into 3 modules.  Modules should be taught in sequence, but the cooking sessions within each module can be taught in any order. The sessions and recipe suggestions are a minimum.  For each session, 2-3 recipes and accompanying lesson plans are suggested. These are provided as they help you to teach particular skills and techniques, e.g. using the hob safely. However, if you have established lesson plans and/or recipes, which support the aims and objectives of these sessions, feel free to use them instead. 

Sessions can act as a stand-alone lesson or can be integrated into a series of lessons. Ideas are provided in each session.  There is also lots of room for students to be creative through the recipes suggested.  You could get your students to use a recipe writing frame to develop their own ideas. The students’ own recipe creations could then be prepared.

Through experiencing these 16 sessions, students should be confident and competent in preparing and cooking a range of different dishes, plus have the skills and knowledge to adapt these for the future. 

Acknowledgement

Licence to Cook was funded by the Department for Education in England to provide all secondary school students with the opportunity to learn how to cook, as well as make informed decisions about their diet and health. It was ran by a consortium comprising the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the Design and Technology Association and the British Nutrition Foundation.

The information provided in this Cooking module is provided under the Open Governemnet Licence. Terms can be found at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

This resource was developed for the DfE Licence to Cook programme 2007-2011.

© Crown copyright 2011