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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.

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.

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.

Focus on resources

Monday, November 26, 2012 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!

Farmhouse Breakfast Week: 22 - 28 January 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Farmhouse Breakfast Week returns from 22 – 28 January 2012. This well established campaign aims to reduce the number of people who skip breakfast by encouraging them to Shake Up Their Wake Up. Organisers HGCA are keen for nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges to get involved to help implant healthy breakfast habits from a young age.

Thousands of children skip breakfast every day yet studies from across the globe show that eating a healthy balanced breakfast can benefit their mood, concentration and energy levels, meaning they are more likely to perform better at school.

Throughout the week itself (22 – 28 January 2012), hundreds of events will be taking place across the country to celebrate the most important meal of the day. So why not hold a Shake Up Your Wake Up breakfast event at your school and challenge everyone to shake up their morning routine.

If your school already holds a regular breakfast club, Farmhouse Breakfast Week is the perfect opportunity to hold a special event, or if you’ve been thinking of starting a breakfast club then now is the time!   

Visit for suggestions and ideas for classroom activities and breakfast club events, and tips on publicising your events. It is here you can also register your breakfast events and order free resources including stickers and posters

Here on the site there are a variety of breakfast-based activities and resources.  For both 7-11 and 11-14 year olds there is the Design a Better Breakfast unit, which also boasts three helpful videos to support the work.  The aims are to encourage breakfast consumption by demonstrating that there is an almost infinite variety of options of what to eat to break your night-long fast.  Ideas for toast toppings and assorted cereal supplements should ensure that, with a little forethought and planning, everyone can design and prepare a nutritious healthy breakfast to suit their taste, timeframe and budget.

Alternatively you could try one of the delicious breakfast recipes on the site in our Best Breakfast section; eggs and berries feature heavily – even together.  (As pancakes!)

Also available is a classroom poster: Breakfasts Around the World, which is available free of charge.  Investigate whether breakfast meals differ in hot and cold countries; which nations eat out most at breakfast time; and which feast upon leftovers first thing.  To order your copy please email us at

Healthy eating healthy living

Monday, January 09, 2012

Welcome in the new year by introducing or recapping healthy eating and healthy living with your students. have a host of resources to help with this. Teaching objectives cover:

  • What is energy
  • how to measure energy
  • how energy is provided by food
  • the different food groups
  • the role of food in the diet
  • the Eatwell plate
  • the foundations of a healthy balanced diet
  • designing and planning a healthy breakfast.

For the 7-11 age group you can use the topic Energy in energy out which consists of two lesson plans, information pages, an interactive whiteboard game and some activity sheets. 

Also for this age group is Food for life a three lesson topic again with information pages, interactive white board activities and also videos.

 For 11-14 year olds our topic Healthy eating healthy living uses a range of resources including information pages, IWB games and activity sheets to explore food groups and test for fat, starch and protein.

Also for that age group are is the topic The balancing act: energy in energy out.  This lesson looks at the role of energy; how we get this from food; the pattern of energy intake during the day and goes on to creating and planning meals and menus.

The best thing since sliced bread?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

An article in today’s Times (The best thing that’s ever happened to sliced bread, Thursday 12 May 2011) investigates a great British invention: the sandwich.  Rumoured to have been invented in 1762 when the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, wanted a meal that he could eat during his card game and requested sliced beef in between pieces of toast.

I was brought up in a world full of pre-packaged sandwiches and it seems incredulous that it is just 30 years since the first one hit the shelves: at Marks and Spencers.  Salmon and tomato apparently. Swifly followed by the now-retro prawn mayonnaise in 1981. offers lots of resources and recipes for bread and flour.  Take a look at our section on where bread comes from to find out how wheat from the fields gets transformed into something we can eat; or be inspired by some of our tasty lunchtime recipes.  Try pitta pockets, or either tuna or ham & cheese wraps.

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