Gobsmacked about daughter's food tech lesson

(235 Posts)
dottybooboo22 Wed 14-Sep-16 18:37:03

I've just been informed by dd that she's cooking next week in her food tech class. I have to buy the ingredients. I don't mind that but then she said they have to practise at home so they'll be able to make it in classconfused
She then got all stroppy when I pointed out that it would cost twice as much for the stuff and wasn't it the whole point of the lesson to teach them how to make it??? Am I missing something here? angry

Celticlassie Wed 14-Sep-16 18:38:23

What's she making? Is it an assessment?

MaddyHatter Wed 14-Sep-16 18:38:38

nope, and i'd be going in and saying just that!

sooperdooper Wed 14-Sep-16 18:39:08

I've never heard of kids practicing food tech at home but what's she cooking? Can't you have it for dinner so you get the benefit of the cost?

acasualobserver Wed 14-Sep-16 18:40:33

Or she could just make another healthy eating poster.

JellyBelli Wed 14-Sep-16 18:42:27

You shouldnt have to make it twice. Can you have it for dinner?

TeaPleaseLouise Wed 14-Sep-16 18:43:12

Is she absolutely sure she has to practice? Maybe she's been asked to go over the recipe at home so she's familiar with the steps?

Maybe the point is to do it herself beforehand and then demonstrate that she can in the class. Using her initiative and following a recipe.

MrsSpenserGregson Wed 14-Sep-16 18:48:31

Good luck OP.

I phoned my elder DC's food tech teacher last term (end of Year 7) to ask, very politely, what would happen if I didn't send DC in with ingredients the next week, as the ones I'd just bought had cost nearly £10. The food that then came home was disgusting, and wasn't something that any of us would eat anyway. I would much rather put £10-worth of food into the food bank collection basket at our local supermarket, and I pointed out that it was a terrible waste of food and money.

The teacher was unsympathetic, rude, and told me that nobody else had ever questioned this before. (I didn't believe her). I then asked if DC would be penalised if I didn't send any ingredients in and she grudgingly admitted that no, they would just do a theory lesson instead.

£10 for ingredients WTAF.

AnchorDownDeepBreath Wed 14-Sep-16 18:52:35

I loved food tech, but she doesn't need to practice - she just wants too, so she knows what she's doing!

She'll be given (or asked to copy out) a recipe and ingredients list, she'll need to buy the ingredients and read the recipe. The first few tend to have set ingredients (like scone or burger ingredients), then she'll get to compile her own ingredients list (so choose what goes in to her pizza, what to add to pasta, etc). There tends to be a lot of leeway to go for cheaper choices, and we used to either bring the cooking home for tea or eat it for lunch so it wasn't wasted.

angeldiver Wed 14-Sep-16 18:56:52

Unless it's a double period, it can sometimes be chaotic and difficult to complete complete the recipe in the given time due to the children's lack of experience and planning.
Maybe the teacher has already done bthis lesson with a different group and they struggled to finish, hence asking them if they could practice.

dottybooboo22 Wed 14-Sep-16 19:01:45

She's making meatballs so yes we could have them for dinner( hadn't thought of that, so thank you Sooper and Jelly) but surely it's the schools place to be teaching her,not mine!

acornsandnuts Wed 14-Sep-16 19:04:23

I would ask the school. It's unlikely they would make her practice, is it not that she wants to practice?

acasualobserver Wed 14-Sep-16 19:04:31

surely it's the schools place to be teaching her,not mine!

I think it's best seen as a joint enterprise.

dottybooboo22 Wed 14-Sep-16 19:05:31

It's only meatballs, and I believe the lesson is all afternoon so plenty of time!

00100001 Wed 14-Sep-16 19:06:15

I would check to see if she actually was tol to make them at home.

and then just don't.

Fluffyears Wed 14-Sep-16 19:08:45

I would never eat anything I made at school. There were ants in the rice and we were made to use it so the dead ants were on top of the rice. For washing up we had cold water and very very watered down washing up liquid (the dishes were always slightly greasy before use). Then your fish would sit about till hometime in a warm classroom....Boak!

Fluffyears Wed 14-Sep-16 19:09:04

*dish no fishes involved.

BabarityOfRoses Wed 14-Sep-16 19:10:08

Mmm, meatballs.

Cary2012 Wed 14-Sep-16 19:10:23

What year is your daughter OP, we don't have 'double' food tech at the High School I teach in, just 1 hour periods, and they never have to practice at home

OohMavis Wed 14-Sep-16 19:10:33

She probably just wants to, so told you she's being made to.

Does she cook at all at home? Maybe, if she doesn't, she's a bit nervous about it.

PixieMiss Wed 14-Sep-16 19:10:47

For my first food-tech lesson, I had to make a sandwich hmm

Wait till she does (if she does) GCSE food tech, you will be buying the same ingredients 6 times over!

bloodyteenagers Wed 14-Sep-16 19:11:46

Why do you think it's the schools job to teach your child how to cook?

Sugarlightly Wed 14-Sep-16 19:12:40

You think the school should teach her how to cook?

Phillipa12 Wed 14-Sep-16 19:12:40

I am helping my friends dd who is now in year 11 with her food tech and yes they have to practice the recipie at home before making it again. She comes to me and i sit there telling her what to do, pretty pointless when she could just follow a recipie esp if its meatballs, i mean you cant really go wrong, we always plate it up and make it look nice and take a photo just incase she does cock it up and she has a photo for her course work.

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