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New school timetable

Thursday, July 16, 2015
This year seems to be particularly bad in terms of food teachers feeling frustrated by their new timetable. They report timetables which make life difficult for the teacher; which do not provide the best experience for the students; and which show no understanding or appreciation of the needs of the subject.

So what can be done?
 
If you like your job fight for what you believe in. Invite in your Link Governor and SLT to observe.Show them how much is gained from practical lessons - how much your pupils enjoy them; and how good they are for engaging and improving spoken English in non-English speaking students. Let them see the realities of trying to cook, safely, in a room with 30 students, one adult and 12 cookers! As the year progresses carry out pupil voice on practical lessons versus engagement.
 
The TES has also written an article on a day-in-life of a school timetabler.

Celebration lesson plans

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

It seems that everyone we talk to is astonished as to how quickly this year seems to have flown by. Perhaps it's because the cold and blustery weather is making us all feel that it's only April!

Practical cooking sessions are always a hit and it's a wonderful to be able to give students the freedom to create their own, unique master dishes. And then seeing the look of pride of their faces with the finishes products.

Our range of celebration resources includes a selection of design and make challenges - looking at foods for street parties and shared picnics. Plus we have an investigation into sporting events which feature an international theme.

 

Have a look through the selection of Celebration Resources here

What Went Wrong: Cakes

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Oh no! A disaster in the (school) kitchen. The cakes haven't risen. How do you help your students get it right next time?

Let the nation's favourite baker, Paul Hollywood, show you the science behind baking so that you and your students can get it right every time.

Developed with GrainChain this series of short videos are designed to be used by students and schools to investigate properties of baked good and helps prevent you making common baking mistakes. Take a look at the cake page here: What Went Wrong: Cakes

Pancakes from around the world

Monday, February 16, 2015

As Shrove Tuesday looms in the distance, how about a round-up of pancakes from around the world.  We have also developed a PowerPoint Pancakes from around the world which you are welcome to download and use in your classroom.

Square pancakes from Poland

Pizza pancakes from Italy!

 American pancakes with butter and maple syrup

Cornish cream tea pancakes!

Aland pancake from Finland

Buchujeon: Korean chive pancake

Oat pancakes

Ukranian potato pancakes with porcini mushrooms

Chinese potato pancake, served here as canapes

Danish pancakes with raspberries

Chinese red bean pancake

Sourdough pancake

Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day AKA Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day AKA Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday 17 February 2015 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, plus we have a fanastic photographic step-by-step guide demonstrating the stages involved in making pancakes. Ideal to use as is or to get students to sequence.

 

Pancake resources

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.

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.

Worksheets for cover lessons

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

A long-standing teaching friend of mine recently told me that November is the month with the highest staff absences.  I blame the cold days and long nights.

So be proactive - get yourself prepared for the worst and have a lesson set and ready for any supply teacher. 

Our section on cover lessons has worksheets galore and something for all ages from 5-14. There are quizzes, worksheets on nutrition, farming and milling as well as designing tasks.

Cover lesson worksheets here

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.


 
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