Introducing food culture :Spanish Paella

Spanish Food Culture : Making and eating Paella together

To understand the key characteristics of Spanish Food Culture
To follow recipe instructions and hygiene and safety procedures carefully to make a pan of paella.
To work effectively in teams to carry out sensory analysis on Paella.

Hands washed, aprons on, bags in safe place.
Brainstorm Paella on board.
Brief discussion and write definition on board for pupils to learn during lesson.
“a Spanish dish prepared by simmering together chicken, seafood, rice,vegetables, and saffron and other seasonings”

Point out that we are using Turmeric instead as Saffron is very expensive.

Teacher to encourage pupils to work effectively in teams and to follow the recipe carefully to make a pan of Paella. Encourage good listening skills, sharing of tasks
Pupils will be questioned at interval to check understanding.
Pupils asked to complete group activity in
Seating plan (Pupils grouped according to recent grades and personalities – mixed ability to support group learning and development )
Pupils to be given notes or key aspects of Spanish Food Culture. They can also use BYO devices to research. They need to compile 5 key points of information on Spanish food culture.They can do this while the Paella is simmering.
Pupils to taste Paella together and carry out sensory analysis.
Pupils to complete plenary activity – see below

Lower and higher order questions to groups and individuals will reinforce learning throughout the lesson. Some higher order questions will be targeted at more able or G & T pupils.

Pupils to finish the following sentences which are closely linked to the objectives of the lesson
Paella is ………………………………………………..
Two points of information that I have learned in today’s lesson are …………………………….
I enjoyed ……………………………………………………
Extension Activities
Pupils can choose a choice of one of the extension activities below:

Imagine you are a teenager writing a food blog on Spanish food culture.
Write a report on comparing Caribbean and Spanish food cultures.

Assessment for Learning
Completion of individual work.
Observation of participation and feedback using traffic lights in planners
( Red = No, Green = Yes, Yellow =Unsure)
Use of randomiser on iPad for questioning.

Differentiation/ extension incl. difficulties
Use of multi sensory and varied activities to suit a range of learners.
Use of independent, group and teacher lead learning
Use of differentiated questioning.
Peer support in table based activities. May be personality clashes – encourage effective participators.
Questions provided to aid reflection activity for those who may need it.
Choice of extension activities given.

Cross-curricular elements
Literacy coverage on key words and explanation, reading and writing activity and oral descriptions.
PSHE – developing social skills through discussion and presentation of ideas, the effects of adequate nutrition on both physical and mental health
Effective Participators, Independent Learners.

IPad for register and for using randomiser
Power point

Year 9 – Spanish Food Culture

Lesson 1
In this lesson you will learn about some of the key characteristics of Spanish Food Culture.

Lesson 2
In this lesson you will work as a team to make a Spanish Paella. You will sit down to eat together and share the meal. Take in a container in case there are leftovers to take home.
You are on a family holiday in Spain. Write a letter to a friend discussing the main characteristics of Spanish Food Culture. Include information on the following:
Key ingredients
Popular dishes
Eating Habits
Sweet and savoury foods in Spain


Watch the following you tube videos:

Madrid Tapas Tour
5 Spanish Food Myths Busted – James Blick

Answer the following questions:
Where is the best place to eat Paella?
What is the main ingredient in Paella?
What is Tapas?
Name some traditional Spanish dishes?

Year 9 Spanish Food Culture
Read the notes in your booklet on the following topics:
The Spanish Way of Life
Meal Patterns

Answer the following questions:

What are churros?

What time do Spaniards usually eat their main meal of the day?

Where is tapas traditionally eaten?

Name two popular tapas dishes.



Spanish Paella

1 clove garlic 
1 medium onion
1 red pepper
4 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless or 200g Quorn pieces
1 chicken or vegetable stock cube
450ml boiling water
100g chorizo sausage
2 tablespoons sunflower oil (provided by school)
½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves (provided by school)
½ teaspoon paprika (provided by school)
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric (provided by school)
225g paella rice 
55g frozen peas
100g peeled prawns (optional)
Black pepper (provided by school)

Peel and crush the garlic, then peel and finely dice the onion.
Wash, dry and de-seed and dice the red pepper.
On a red chopping board, cut the chicken into large bite-sized pieces. Wash hands.
Cut the chorizo in to small pieces. Make sure to remove the casing if present.
Crumble the chicken stock cube in to a measuring jug and add the boiling water. Stir until the stock cube has dissolved.
Heat the oil in a sauté pan.
Fry the chicken until lightly browned all over.
Add the chorizo and fry until crisp.
Add the garlic, onion and pepper and heat until softened.
Add the thyme, paprika, turmeric and paella rice, and stir until all the grains of rice are coated.
Now pour in the hot chicken stock and cook for 10-15 minutes.
Sprinkle in the peas and chopped tomatoes and continue to cook gently for another 10 minutes.
Add the prawns and cook gently for a further 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve immediately.




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