Rhubarb Festival Recipe

Rhubarb, Goats Cheese and Thyme Filo Parcels          Ingredients 200g of Yorkshire Rhubarb 150g of British Goats Cheese 4 sprigs of Thyme Salt and pepper 1 packet of filo parcels (Cut into narrow rectangular sheets) 50 ml of vegetable oil   Method Heat the oven to 190°C/Gas5. Stew the rhubarb lightly. Put the rhubarb in… Continue reading Rhubarb Festival Recipe

Well Being – The Calm or Reduce Stress Wall

I love the new addition to my classroom, the stretch and challenge wall. It give pupils choices, motivates them and pushes them out of their comfort zone. Its only been in my classroom for about 5 weeks now and it clearly has benefits but it may never be as beneficial as the calm wall or… Continue reading Well Being – The Calm or Reduce Stress Wall

Communication skills and team building through practical food education.

  Cooking and Communicating Together The aim of this activity is to teach pupils about the importance of good communication skills through cooking. The emphasis will be on differentiating between:   Non – verbal communication e.g. eye contact, facial expression, tone of voice, gestures, touch etc) Verbal communication e.g. appropriate language, listening, asking questions, prompts,… Continue reading Communication skills and team building through practical food education.

Food Science – an experiment in molecular gastronomy.

  I have splashed out and bought a molecular gastronomy chef kit to use in the food department. I imagine that it will be really helpful for the industrial application aspect of food in the AS and A2 curriculum and I’m hoping it will get my current year 10′ s excited about food science. I… Continue reading Food Science – an experiment in molecular gastronomy.

Food Literacy

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

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.

Teaching about Food and Mood!

  This is a lesson plan that includes a power point, reflection activity and plenary at the bottom on an important topic, the role of food in mental health. It has worked very effectively for me with ages from 12 -18. It is a sensitive topic but a very important one. Please feel free to… Continue reading Teaching about Food and Mood!

My top ten food teacher moments in 2015!

I started teaching in January 2001 so I have been officially teaching 15 years and it has flown by. A few weeks ago I was having a difficult time and a friend advised me to me write down 3 things that I am  grateful for each day ; a gratitude log of sorts. It has… Continue reading My top ten food teacher moments in 2015!

Why Mental Health policies should be a priority in schools?

Mental is a word which has far too long been regarded in negative terms and is largely equated with mental illness. Mental illness is often misunderstood; it frightens people and attaches an enormous amount of stigma. People are resistant to the thought of children having mental health problems; with many believing it to be a… Continue reading Why Mental Health policies should be a priority in schools?

Food Trend 2016 .Can eating insects save the world?

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?