An assembly on emotional intelligence.

A whole school assembly using Audrey Hepburn’s legacy of caring to explain the importance of emotional intelligence in mental health.

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Food Photography in lessons.

Many of us are obsessed with taking pictures of food. The food we bake or cook, the food we are served in a restaurant or food placed neatly in patisserie windows. ( I have often been spotted with a camera happily taking pictures outside Betty’s in Yorkshire). As a food teacher, I spend most of… Continue reading Food Photography in lessons.

Food Technology School Trip – Sorrento here we come!!!!

I am beyond excited. I am in the process of arranging a trip for  my Year 10 – Year 13 pupils to experience the wonderful food culture of Italy in one of the most beautiful places that I have visited in the world – Sorrento. The beautiful coast, trees lined with lemons;  Limoncello, garlic and… Continue reading Food Technology School Trip – Sorrento here we come!!!!

Setting targets in group based activities.

Pupils respond enthusiastically to target settings particularly in practical lessons or in group based activities. It takes a bit of effort but if you can look through your mark book and observation notes from practical lessons and set each pupil an individual target you can clearly see progress. A nice added touch is to put… Continue reading Setting targets in group based activities.

Food Preservation Starter Activity

This is a very simple starter to generate discussion for a lesson on Food Preservation. Starter Activity   Answer the two questions below independently:   Describe what happens to an apple when it decays? Can you cut the mould of food and eat it?   Now watch the two following clips and add more detail… Continue reading Food Preservation Starter Activity

Why schools should have a Bake Off style competition?

The British Public love the Bake Off. Every school should consider having a bake off style competition. Why? Its fun, it promotes the application of practical food skills and science, it brings people together, it allows pupils and staff to switch off from the pressures of school life. It can also be an exciting charity… Continue reading Why schools should have a Bake Off style competition?

Current headline discussion: NHS Chief introduces Sugar Tax to tackle UK Obesity crisis.

As food and health teachers we don’t have to search too hard for inspiration to teach about nutrition and health. As soon as I read this headline in the Guardian today (18.01.16),         “NHS to introduce a sugar tax” , I knew that it would form the basis of a lesson. As… Continue reading Current headline discussion: NHS Chief introduces Sugar Tax to tackle UK Obesity crisis.