Food and Consumer Education
What Is Food and Consumer Education?
The study of Food and Consumer Education focuses on equipping students with health and nutrition knowledge as well as literacy in consumer education. The knowledge and skills are critical for young consumers to make informed decisions concerning their diet with the resources available (such as finance and time) for self, family and the community.
With the shift from industrial age to knowledge age, people in the 21st century will need to possess the ‘know what’ knowledge (theoretical knowledge), the ability to process new information quickly, be adaptable as well as collaborate and communicate effectively with others. It is substantially crucial in the future workforce. FCE plays a pivotal role as students are pushed outside their comfort zone through learning the discipline-specific life skills such as the culinary skills as they allow most of the 21st century competencies such as effective communication, innovation and creativity to be put into practice.
Through this discipline, we aim:
- To be able to appreciate trans-cultural awareness in the global context.
- To equip with key and fundamental culinary skills and to be able make inter-connected to science concepts.
- To develop the 21st century skills of being creative thinkers and independent learners with effective informative and communication skills.
- To display positive attitude towards well-being of individuals (in terms of nutrition and financial) and community.
Lower Secondary FCE
The Lower Secondary Food and Consumer Education syllabus has been mapped out to impart a spectrum of essential theory and culinary skills. In the first year, the course emphasises on theoretical knowledge of nutritional facts which serve as the core fundamentals for students to make informed decisions to achieve healthy living. The students also pick up baking techniques such as rubbing in, kneading and etc. In the second year, consumer studies will be introduced to enable students to have a deeper understanding of their rights as a consumer and to develop financial literacy.
Content will often be related to students through the use of case studies and applications/examples to induce greater learning in students. Current trends, statistics, inspiring videos and news are often used in classrooms to connect students to the world to grow towards being a Global Thinker.
Elective Modules (EM)
Using Inquiry Based Approach, Secondary One and Two YTzens embark on their Elective Module which is experiential in nature. The engagement of the students will be highly explorative, as they plan, research and evaluate given an authentic learning context. Students will also learn to use presentation platforms such as blogs and prezi to showcase their project.
The EM aims to develop the 21st Century Competency skills such as:
- Creativity and Innovation
- Information and Communication Skills
- Critical and Inventive Thinking
Enrichment Lessons and Trips
FCE Enrichment comprises of 2 to 3 curriculum lessons. It aims to expose students to sew on textiles, an essential life skill and learn one of the leading methods in commercial food presentation using fondant.
Secondary 1 students work on a mini project as they creatively sew on buttons and small decorations to design their FCE Tote bag. Secondary 2 students learn techniques such as kneading, rolling and moulding pliable fondant into realistic animal models. These figure models are used as decorations on their baked products which give their finished product an extra edge. These enrichment lessons also tie in closely with our syllabus and EM.