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

A whole school assembly on food and mental health.

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 often has attached to it an enormous amount of stigma. People are resistant to the thought of children having mental health problems; with many believing… Continue reading A whole school assembly on food and mental health.

Top Chomps – engaging ways to teach about five a 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.

Japanese Food Education ‘Shohuiku’.

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’.

Reducing Exam Stress – introducing the Revision Take Away Box

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

Teaching about the Eatwell Guide in schools.

  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.

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.  

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.

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.