So this is the first blog I’ve written in over 3 years. I have been very unsettled by the school closures just over a week ago and the cancelling of state examinations due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I’m incredibly anxious about a lot of things (which I imagine many people are at the moment) but… Continue reading Student well being activities during the Coronavirus lock down
Yesterday, after two intensive days of training I qualified as a youth mental health first aider. I am very proud to have completed the course and I would highly recommend it to others who are concerned about young people’s mental health. When I completed my M.Sc. in public health promotion in 2006 I regularly… Continue reading Mental Health First Aid in schools.
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
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.
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
A whole school assembly using Audrey Hepburn’s legacy of caring to explain the importance of emotional intelligence in mental health.
I am beyond excited. I am in the process of arranging a trip for my Year 10 – Year 13 pupils to experience the wonderful food culture of Italy in one of the most beautiful places that I have visited in the world – Sorrento. The beautiful coast, trees lined with lemons; Limoncello, garlic and… Continue reading Food Technology School Trip – Sorrento here we come!!!!
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.