One of my favourite poems ever is Blackberry Picking by Seamus Heaney. “Blackberry Picking” by Seamus Heaney Late August, given heavy rain and sun For a full week, the blackberries would ripen. At first, just one, a glossy purple clot Among others, red, green, hard as a knot. You ate that first one and its… Continue reading A food poem for National Poetry Day.
This summer I plan to read more. I have already ordered my fiction novels for when I’m chilling by a pool in Greece but I have also ordered 3 books which will hopefully help me as a teacher to prepare for the new Food Preparation and Nutrition curriculum. The books are as follows: … Continue reading Summer reading in preparation for the new Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE
After much success using edible insects with my GCSE groups during their product development work, I decided to introduce the concept of entomophagy (that is ‘insect eating’) during a practical lesson with my year 10 group. So the lesson objectives were simple To define entomophagy. To make a dish using edible insects in a group… Continue reading Cooking high protein dishes with tasty, nutritious and sustainable bugs.
This resource includes a PowerPoint which explains how culture and religion affects food choice. It also has an example of a completed revision flashcard on Japanese food culture and slides to complete other cultures such as Italy and Thailand. There is also a sample answer on social and cultural factors which affect food choice. If… Continue reading GCSE Food Technology 2016 high protein meals and cultures
Ok, so this blog may be a little controversial but as you will know by now if you are a regular reader of my website, I am passionate, emotive and opinionated and sometimes unknowingly I resort to ranting about the value of food education. Why am I like this? Well, because my experiences… Continue reading Should Celebrity Chefs write the GCSE Food Education specification?
Wow, I have had a wonderful week in Malta finding out more about its history, culture, and people and in through ‘teacher geek’ style about how children learn about food, nutrition and healthy living there. Prior to my visit, I tried rather unsuccessfully to use the internet to uncover a basic summary of food… Continue reading Food Education is taught through the subject of Home Economics in Malta.
A massive massive thank you to all of my fellow colleagues who have supported my venture and bought resources from me to raise money for the charity Magic Breakfast. The total raised so far is a fab £82.00. Thank you so much.I am so pleased! I am currently selling three detailed sample answers on cultural… Continue reading Cultural design ideas and sample answers Food Technology GCSE.
The preliminary material for the AQA food technology specification this year is on high protein meals and cultural diets. I think its offers lots of potential to truly challenge food technology pupils around the country. In preparation for this, I am currently preparing a series of Prezi presentations and worksheets to help prepare my… Continue reading Food Technology GCSE Revision Resources 2016.
An article in today’s independent publishes this headline: “Japan’s high life expectancy linked to diet.” According to this article “The high life expectancy enjoyed in Japan is largely down to the nation’s healthy diet. The population of the island nation, which has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world, eat diets high in certain carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits as… Continue reading Japanese Food Education ‘Shohuiku’.
Take Away Revision Box I read with great interest yesterday a tweet by Natasha Devon highlighting that ChildLine reported a 200% increase in children phoning who are unable to cope with exam stress, that’s 34,000 pupils in 2015 alone. According to Miss Devon, who is the Department for Education’s mental health champion ‘Young people mental… Continue reading Reducing Exam Stress – introducing the Revision Take Away Box