Setting targets in group based activities.

Pupils respond enthusiastically to target settings particularly in practical lessons or in group based activities. It takes a bit of effort but if you can look through your mark book and observation notes from practical lessons and set each pupil an individual target you can clearly see progress. A nice added touch is to put… Continue reading Setting targets in group based activities.

Food Preservation Starter Activity

This is a very simple starter to generate discussion for a lesson on Food Preservation. Starter Activity   Answer the two questions below independently:   Describe what happens to an apple when it decays? Can you cut the mould of food and eat it?   Now watch the two following clips and add more detail… Continue reading Food Preservation Starter Activity

Why schools should have a Bake Off style competition?

The British Public love the Bake Off. Every school should consider having a bake off style competition. Why? Its fun, it promotes the application of practical food skills and science, it brings people together, it allows pupils and staff to switch off from the pressures of school life. It can also be an exciting charity… Continue reading Why schools should have a Bake Off style competition?

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.

Discussing Food and Health Issues at A Level.

I am constantly advising my A level pupils to read about current food and health issues. I refer them to reliable websites, evidence based magazines and journals and books in the library. I’m not sure if they do this. So to ensure they are up to date with current issues, I find myself trawling through… Continue reading Discussing Food and Health Issues at A Level.

Food Styling and Photography

This lesson was inspired by a visit to delicious magazine where a group of experienced and talented  food stylists give my pupils a challenge to style a plate of food as if it was for a photo shoot. My pupils loved it so I decide to buy a photo box like the one below on… Continue reading Food Styling and Photography

Introducing food culture :Spanish Paella

Spanish Food Culture : Making and eating Paella together Objectives To understand the key characteristics of Spanish Food Culture To follow recipe instructions and hygiene and safety procedures carefully to make a pan of paella. To work effectively in teams to carry out sensory analysis on Paella. Starter Hands washed, aprons on, bags in safe… Continue reading Introducing food culture :Spanish Paella