Consumer Food Technology

 

The aim of the Consumer Food Technology program is to engage and encourage students in preparing and sharing delicious and healthy food, and to foster the belief that such skills are essential to the development of life-long joyful and healthy eating habits.

Consumer Food Technology provides students with essential literacy, numeracy, science, health and wellbeing skills needed for independent living. Students are involved in organizing ingredients, preparing simple recipes for sharing, and following schedules for cleaning the kitchen. Students also learn how to use public transport to purchase ingredients from Coles once a fortnight. Recipes are often related to school experiences or upcoming celebrations, such as cooking food for camp, fundraisers or school celebrations. Consumer Food Technology is divided into three fundamental areas; Food Technology, Shopping & Transactions and Travel Training.

Food Technology lessons cover all aspects of cooking.  These sessions include shopping, learning to read a recipe (using pictures if needed), measuring out ingredients, using tools and utensils safely in the kitchen, working in a group, and following instructions.

We, at Ascot Vale Special School, view Travel Training as the first step in connecting Ascot Vale Special School to the outside world. This year we have had a particular emphasis to educate all secondary students with the skills and practice to become independent travellers. We teach students the skills they will need to plan, organise and carry out a journey using public transport. For example, key aspects of this are; what to do if students get lost or feel unsafe, using money, learning about which route and tram is best for them, behaviour on public transport, communicating their needs to drivers and members of the public, and information finding.

Shopping and Transactions consists of the hands-on experience of taking a trip to Coles to introduce students to the layout of a Coles store, its various isles and sections (fresh produce, meat, diary, frozen food, bakery, and canned food), and the different types of foods. This enables students to make real life connections to the area of Mathematics. Students practice the skills of measurement (mass), estimation, counting, addition and subtraction. Students learn to use the self-service section and/or checkout services when paying for items and counting the change to ensure the correct amount is given. We also expose students to Online shopping, adding new factors into the shopping experience, including delivery costs, discounts and comparison options.

 

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