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.
Recently, I have been trialling the use of games to aid learning in my lessons. Why? Mainly, because I think that learning should be enjoyable and fun. I would consider myself very much an active learner so the thought of sitting still for 50 minutes listening and note taking would send me into an… Continue reading Top Chomps – engaging ways to teach about five a day.
As mentioned in a previous blog (https://foodandhealthteacher.com/2016/03/17/the-eat-well-plate/) the eatwell plate has now been replaced by the eatwell guide. I am currently working on a range of lesson plans to ensure that the messages are taught consistently across the food department and that pupils understand the reasons for these changes. In the meantime, here is a PowerPoint I… Continue reading Teaching about the Eatwell Guide in schools.
These are two really simple lesson activities on food literacy that I do with my Year 7 groups but they respond really positively. I usually have word banks to hand, dictionaries and examples of packaging and magazine advertisement to set the scene and as aids. I let them get on with the tasks and then… Continue reading Food Literacy
I was suprised last week when one of my exam classes asked me if we could spend 10 minutes of each lesson doing some revision work in preparation for their GCSE exam. They asked this question the day after we had a revision lesson based on a number of games saying that they had such… Continue reading Food Boggle – a fun way to learn key definitions.
I used this statement as a starter recently in a lesson. Can eating insects save the world? Pupils were asked to write down in silence what thoughts came to mind when they read this statement. Following that we had a brief discussion which included some of the following comments or points: … Continue reading Food Trend 2016 .Can eating insects save the world?
Food waste bothers me. I often have very interesting discussions with my pupils in lessons about this topic. Many points are raised which prepares pupils if it comes up as a topic on exam papers but also allows them to reflect on issues such as world hunger, food security and food poverty. At the end… Continue reading Prevent Food Waste Club
I use the acronym SCAMPER quite often in lessons to help students come up with creative ideas. It is particularly helpful when pupils experience ‘writers block’ and cannot seem to come up with different recipes or development ideas. I just take it for granted really and use it without really considering who in fact came… Continue reading SCAMPER – a really useful acronym in education.