World Mental Health Day October 10 2016. Resources for schools

World Mental Health Day takes place on the 10th of October every year. The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day covers “psychological first aid”. There are lost of posters, resources and ideas available to support activities for this day on various websites such as : https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/your-organisation/events/love-hastings-love-yourself-world-mental-health-day-2016 http://www.youngminds.org.uk/helloyellow http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/ As a teacher and… Continue reading World Mental Health Day October 10 2016. Resources for schools

Food Education is taught through the subject of Home Economics in Malta.

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.

The eatwell plate -discussion points for food lessons.

I am eagerly awaiting the revised eat well plate which is due out today or very soon according to some Twitter feeds. So before it arrives, I am reflecting on the current one . According the NHS, “The eatwell plate highlights the different types of food that make up our diet, and shows the proportions we should… Continue reading The eatwell plate -discussion points for food lessons.

We must continue to change the preconceived image of Food as a subject in schools. It is much more than baking cakes.  

The new GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition will begin this September (2016). As a food teacher and health promotion specialist, I am very pleased to see a shift within the study of food in schools from a design lead context to a much greater emphasis on the role of food in nutrition and its… Continue reading We must continue to change the preconceived image of Food as a subject in schools. It is much more than baking cakes.  

Irish Food Culture – The Soda Bread Challenge.

St. Patrick’s Day, the 17th March is fast approaching. As an young girl, growing up in Ireland it was one of my favourite days of the year and it still is now. It remains a national public holiday in Ireland and countries all over the world celebrate it in style. I also associate St Patrick’s… Continue reading Irish Food Culture – The Soda Bread Challenge.

Pupil well being – 10 minutes a day self time.

We are all so busy. We all have an excuse for not looking after ourselves. Yet our health is our wealth and if we do not look after all aspects of our health including our mental health we will not perform at our best or live life to the fullest. Our pupils are the same.… Continue reading Pupil well being – 10 minutes a day self time.

Pupil Well being – Food, Mood and Health Game.

At the moment I am like a busy squirrel collecting resources for the new Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE specification. As a health promoter as well as a teacher I am delighted too that one of the main objectives of the specification is that : “students must understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health… Continue reading Pupil Well being – Food, Mood and Health Game.

5 a day – Teacher Well Being.

5 A Day – Teacher Well Being It is very easy to neglect ourselves as teachers and get caught up in our busy school and home lives.There have been lots of tweets about teacher well being and the teacher 5 a day initiative, which is a fab idea.It’s got me thinking really. Now and again… Continue reading 5 a day – Teacher Well Being.

The UK’s eating habits – Exam practice question.

  As mentioned before, food teachers need to keep up to date with current food trends, nutritional information and indeed eating habits. I read the BBC news website daily scanning it for articles which may be useful for lessons; in particular for A level discussion type questions. So I recently spotted this fab article “10… Continue reading The UK’s eating habits – Exam practice question.