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Rosca de Reyes (Mexican Christmas bread) classroom activity

Monday, November 24, 2014

This Christmas bake something a little bit different with your class: Mexican Christmas bread traditionally made to be eaten on Epiphany (6 January) to celebrate the day the Magi visited Jesus. In Spain it is the three wise men (and not Father Christmas) who brings toys to children on January 6th.

Investigate the historical relevance of this ancient bread and then have a go at following or adapting the recipe.

The resources given here were developed by Georgina Arnold from Cransfield High School in Wigan; and with them she won our 2012 Inspire! Competition.

Key Stage 3 Planning

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Are you using these final few weeks of the summer term to get your KS3 planning wrapped up? Have a look at our section on lesson plans for 11-14 year olds.

There are lesson plans on the science of baking, bread and cake making skills, health and nutrition as well as farming and growing.

All the lesson plans are free and come with curriculum links, activity sheets and homework ideas.  You can use the resources as a complete lesson or pick and choose elements to compliement your existing lesson plan.

Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day AKA Mardi Gras

Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day AKA Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday 12 February 2013 and is the last day before Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up – so Shrove Tuesday is the final chance to indulge oneself and eat foods that aren’t allowed during Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden. Today Christians traditionally give up one thing, such as chocolate, for Lent. In days gone by there was a whole week of celebrations and in other parts of the world the celebrations are still very extravagant. The carnivals held in New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro originate from the celebrations preceding Lent. In fact the word carnival comes from the Latin meaning ‘removal of meat’ which refers to the early Christian Lentern diet.

Why don’t you make a mask to wear in the Mardi Gras festival and/or try out one of our pancake recipes. The savoury and sweet mini pancake recipes even have an accompanying video.

Savoury pancakes

Sweet mini pancakes

Pancakes and summer berry compote

After all that cooking why not visit our section Making and Baking: The Science and Technology and discover what makes bread rise; how making bread at home differs from commercial bread making; some of the different types of bread available; and what the symbols and numbers on the label of a loaf of bread mean.  Or why not watch a video on the industrial bread process.

 

And don’t forget, before you begin any cooking session please make sure you are familiar with the health and safety checklist.

After School Cookery Club Resources

Monday, February 24, 2014

Learning can be so much fun ... teach your students more about worldwide celebrations, traditions and customs alongside cookery skills and nutrition with our great after-school cookery pack. It includes information pages, recipes and individual and group activities which the children can do while their food cooks. Click here to access the after-school cookery club resources.

Cake

Monday, December 09, 2013

We have put all our cake-making resources in one place, making it easy for you to browse and choose the ones to use in your classroom. There is a video of Jenny Bristow demonstrating the four main cake making methods; photographic presentations covering the key stages of cake making; plus some sequencing and plenary ideas. Click here to be redirected.

Baking beats the blues

Monday, October 28, 2013

According to an article in the Independent on Sunday (27 October 2013), new research has found that baking can help beat depression.

And you can see why ... it is so easy to lose yourself in the therapuetic rhythm of kneading dough. Feeling it transform beneath one’s fingertips from a bumpy lump to a silky smooth dough which glistens as you work it. And the glorious smells that emerges as it proves, rises and then finally bakes in the oven. That can help lift anyone’s mood.

And it is so easy. We 14 different bread recipes on our site, many of them with accompanying videos so there really is something to suit every mood and every skill. Take a look here.

5-minute fillers

Monday, September 30, 2013

5-minute fillers: the life-saver of every teacher. Here we have bundled together all of our resources which can be used to fill in those extra few minutes productively.

These are great for students and lessons that finish early. They include videos, games and click-through information sheets; and they work well for primary or secondary; teacher-led or independent learning.

To view the resources click here.

Schools Bake Off is back!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

grainchain.com is delighted to announce the return of the Schools Bake Off. Paul Hollywood will once again judge the event, which will be held at the Cake & Bake Show at Manchester Central in April 2013.

The event in London in September was brilliant; we had some fantastic entries, fantastic prizes and fantastic fun.

If you bake with your students head over to our competition page and sign up now. You will need to tell us about your best bake and why you love baking. You could be in with a chance to meet Paul and even bake for him.  

Use the time over the holidays to brush up your baking skills in time for the event. For some inspiration try some of our tried and tested children's recipes.

Focus on grainchain.com resources

Monday, November 26, 2012
grainchain.com have been invtited to give a talk on their education resources, with particular emphasis on inspirational and interesting ways to use them in the classroom. 

Barbara Monks, award winning teacher, author, deli-chef, who is passionate about cooking, family and work-life balance will be giving the talk.

So if you are looking for ideas for cover lessons, five-minute fillers, or extension activities for students who have finished their work early then come along to this free session.

The session is run as part of the branch meeting of the London D&T Assn, and will take place on Monday 3 December from 4.30pm at the Cass School of Education and Communitites which is on the Stratford Campus of the University of East London.

Anyone is free to attend, you do not need to be a member of the D&T Assn. The session is be designed for secondary school teachers, but primary teachers who feel it may benefit them are welcome.

For directions; further information; or to confirm your attendance, please contact Kate Jones at the University of East London.

We hope to see some of you there!

What does your bread say about you?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
"Bread is more important than something you eat - it's part of our identity"

So, who are you today?

See http://bit.ly/NuKlnz for dozens of fabulous bread recipes

 

 


 
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