Food Technology



Children love cooking and we embrace their ambitions. As soon as students start Year 7 they have regular food lessons which continue through to Year 8 after which they can opt to follow a GCSE course in Food Preparation and Nutrition.

Students are guaranteed the opportunity to plan and cook a variety of nutritious dishes and meals from Year 7 to 11 whilst learning to consider the importance of a balanced diet. Food Technology aims to strengthen student’s practical skills, health and safety awareness and the ability to create and adapt any recipe with confidence, thus preparing them for later life. We maintain excellent results and high standards at GCSE instilling a love of cooking and healthy living for the future.


The kitchen area is fully kosher and is classed as a ‘Parve’ area. There are limited facilities available for ‘Milky’ and ‘Meaty’ cooking. There is a range of resources which allow for interactive and engaging lessons. Good use is made of ICT and multimedia facilities.


Key Stage 3

As part of their work with food, students are taught how to cook applying the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that will enable the students to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritionally well, both now and in the future. It covers areas such as;

Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health, using the Eatwell Guide.


Cook a range of mainly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy varied diet.

Become competent in a range of cooking techniques e.g. selecting and preparing ingredients, using utensils and electrical equipment and applying heat in different ways.

Use an awareness of taste, texture and aroma to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients.

Adapt and using own recipes understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.


As school is an orthodox Jewish school the practical work will be based on Jewish food laws. In line with Jewish festivals traditional dishes will be made alongside foods from other cultures that students will be introduced to. This will allow for development and discuss of areas with a larger reference to SMCS.


Key Stage 4

AQA (9-1) Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE is an option subject. It is taught in mixed ability groups. It is an exciting and contemporary qualification which aims to develop a high level of knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. This GCSE is practical by nature and involves both controlled assessments and terminal examinations undertaken in year 11.


GCSE Course Overview:


AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition syllabus


In year 9, students begin by learning the role of macro nutrients in the body. There is a primary focus on protein, including the function of high and low biological value proteins and the importance of protein in different life stages and diets such as vegetarian. A range of practical dishes are created to demonstrate chemical properties of protein such as denaturation and coagulation. Other topics include energy and balance of nutrients, making informed food choices and the relationship between diet, nutrition and health.


In year 10, students learn further aspects of functional and chemical properties of ingredients, including fats, carbohydrates, proteins and raising agents. Practical work will demonstrate the function of ingredients in a recipe, for example, using fats to provide lamination in pastry, and using strong bread flour for bread rolls to demonstrate working with gluten. Practical work should enhance pupil learning as well as helping them to gain more skills and confidence in their cooking abilities.

Other topics include environmental impact and sustainability which studies genetically modified and seasonal foods and primary and secondary food production.

A sample Food investigation task such as working with the properties of eggs or gluten is undertaken at the end of the year to encourage students to combine their food knowledge and skills and prepare for the next years tasks.



Year 11 covers both Non Exam Assessment tasks and remaining topics of the Food preparation and nutrition syllabus.

Non Exam Assessment:

  • Food investigation task worth 15% and is 6-8 pages.

  • Food Preparation task worth 35% is 20 pages.

  • To be completed using ICT

  • Students are given a specific brief in which they try to answer and resolve

  • Sections include:

    • Analysing the task

    • Primary and secondary research

    • Generating different practical ideas

    • Making and testing a range of products which satisfy consumer needs

    • Product sensory and nutritional evaluation

    • The practical work will culminate in a three hour practical examination, testing the girls’ culinary skills.


Coursework and Practical skills are worth 50% of the total GCSE grade. The GCSE Food Nutrition exam is worth 50% and students sit this exam at the end of year 11.


For more information please contact Mrs S M Babad – Head of subject



Computer Science


Beis Yaacov is proud to follow the national curriculum guidelines for computing, delivering the necessary and relevant Key Stage 3 (KS3) and Key Stage 4 (KS4) elements to cater for our students’ needs.

We recognise the vital role computing plays in modern business, and endeavour to ensure our students succeed by gaining the appropriate knowledge necessary to cater for their aspirations though appropriately delivered teaching methods and engaging classroom activities.


At GCSE level we follow the AQA Computer Science (9-1) syllabus.


We have identified the best-practice teaching methods suitable for our students to ensure they receive the engaging and inspirational direction they need to successfully complete their studies. We currently deliver GCSE Computer Science in the following units:

Fundamentals of Algorithms – this introduces computational thinking and how to start breaking down a problem in order to write up the steps needed to program the computer to solve the problem set.

Programming – this introduces the actual requirements of programming in any chosen computer language.


Fundamentals of Data Representation – understanding of how all types of information is represented as data in a computer and how this is used for programming

Computer Systems, Networks, Cyber Security & Impact of Technology – what each of these are and how they sit within the computer science world and what to be aware of when working in programming.

Aspects of Software Development – develop a programmed solution to a set task chosen from a number of tasks supplied by exam board. This must be completed but at present is not part of the marks.





At KS3 we follow the National Curriculum as closely as possible in line with the school ethos and this means areas we cover include;

  • Modelling and the Use of Spreadsheets (within a Financial Context)

  • Data Representation & Database Development including Relational Databases

  • Desk Top Publishing Design and Graphic Manipulation

  • Presentation Software

  • Introduction to Computer Hardware

  • Introduction to Computer Programming and Practices including Flowchart introduction

  • Computer Game Development

  • Computational Thinking and History

  • Computer Architecture and Moore’s Law

  • Programming Using Python Following System Development Techniques

  • Understanding Safe Working Practices (E-Safety)


Some resources we use include are listed below but whilst the websites are listed below in line with school ethos everything the students use is offline


Web Links to some resources we already use;


Pygame –

Python –

Scratch –

Tux Paint (Yr7) –

Microsoft Office Applications –


Some resources we are still hoping to implement over the coming year in order to deliver the new curriculum in even more challenging ways include


MIT App Inventor –

Raspberry Pi –



To help guide parents some general computing resources for parental use only:

General Resources:

BBC Bitesize –

Beltchley Park –

Computing at School –

E-Safety –

Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)  –

Manchester University Department of Computing –

National Museum of Computing –


Teach ICT –

The subject teachers are Mrs Thursch, Mrs Green and Miss Moss assisted by specialist instructor Mrs S Ball and the department is located within the Creative Faculty

ICT Skills

Sitting alongside our Key Stage 4 Computer Science we offer ICT Skills to those students who do not cover computer skills in either Computing or Business Studies. This is a course that is designed to help students develop practical skills which will allow them to work confidently, effectively and independently in life.

​We cover areas such as

Using ICT with understanding and safety

Find and select information

Developing, presenting and communicating information using different software packages such as;




Desk Top Publishing and graphics



These specifications provide students with ICT skills which are most useful in everyday contexts and the world of work.


Business Studies

Business Studies


Over the last 18 months we have introduced at Key stage 4 the new AQA (9-1) specification in Business Studies and Year 11 students will be the first to sit the new qualification.


As a school we ensure Business students are equipped with the skills and confidence to explore how different business situations affect decision-making. They develop their understanding of concepts, objectives and terminology, and the impact of contemporary issues on business operations.

The GCSE assessment is made up of two externally assessed 90 minute exams each worth 50% of the total GCSE:


Business 1: Business in the real world, External Influences, Operations and Human Resources

Business 2: (02) Business Activity, Marketing and Finance

Due to time constraints we start to deliver the syllabus in Year 9 but this allows us to cover areas of computer science that might be dropped if students do not take the computer science option especially in relation to the use of computers in business.

It allows us time to extend students’ knowledge and gives them the opportunity to learn from real business, this includes business studies trips and talks from different business people.

In Year 9 Students are introduced to business concepts and issues concerning the activities of a business. They explore the purpose and role of a business from spotting an opportunity through to the growth of an established business. They also explore how business responds to external influences, such as ethical and environmental considerations, the economic climate and globalisation, and the interdependent nature of business.

In Year 10 Students take a closer look at the role of operations, human resources and marketing in business activity. Operations include production processes, quality of goods and services, customer service, and working with suppliers. Human Resources looks at recruitment, training and motivation of staff and the Hierarchy of businesses. Marketing is all about how a business identifies and segments its customers and using this information how it uses the marketing mix to target them.

In Year 11 Students cover finance issues in business looking at its role, its sources, costs, profit and loss, cash and cash flow.

Whilst Knowledge, application and analysis skills are tested regularly throughout the GCSE course in Year 11 emphasise is put on bringing together students’ knowledge and understanding in preparation for the extended writing questions in the GCSE. Showing how all elements of the syllabus fit together to enable a business person to succeed in running a business.

To help guide parents some general Business Studies Revision for parental use only:



BBC Bitesize –

Tutor2U -

Class clips videos -

Revision World -

BBC Business News -