Using Edible Insects to include current food trends in product development with exam students

In recent months, food trend experts have predicted that food shortages around the world will force us to eat insects and grubs. A few months ago I used this starter in a food lesson Can eating insects save the world? https://foodandhealthteacher.com/2015/11/28/eating-insects-deal-or-no-deal/ Following this, many of my pupils where curious about the edible insect market so… Continue reading Using Edible Insects to include current food trends in product development with exam students

Food Technology GCSE Revision Resources 2016.

  The preliminary material for the AQA food technology specification this year is on high protein meals and cultural diets. I think its offers lots of potential to truly challenge food technology pupils around the country. In preparation for this, I am currently preparing a series of Prezi presentations and worksheets to help prepare my… Continue reading Food Technology GCSE Revision Resources 2016.

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!

A lesson on hunger – questions, resources and discussion points.

    The aim of this lesson is to raise awareness of the global epidemic that is world hunger.   By the end of the lesson pupils should be able ¬† to reflect on these questions. How does hunger affect me personally? How does hunger affect people in my community? What impact does hunger have… Continue reading A lesson on hunger – questions, resources and discussion points.

Sugar rush, sugar tax and food education

In order to reduce the health conditions associated with the over consumption of sugar such as obesity, diabetes and dental caries it has been suggested that a sugar tax is introduced in the UK. Jamie Oliver released an interesting documentary highlighting the health concerns associated with consumption of sugar aptly named “Sugar Rush”. Action for… Continue reading Sugar rush, sugar tax and food education

Food Policy and Education – a joined up approach to Malnutrition and Food Poverty

News headlines today highlight the extent of malnutrition in the UK and the comprehensive Fabian Commission Report “Hungry For Change ” details the extent of the problem and the need to create a food system that works better for people on low incomes. It calls for the government to put in place a strategy to… Continue reading Food Policy and Education – a joined up approach to Malnutrition and Food Poverty

Malnutrition in schools – a problem far too great to ignore!

As I flicked through various Twitter feeds which highlighted that food banks in Britain are expecting a greater demand during school holidays it struck me just how worrying malnutrition is in this country. Most people think of malnutrition as bad nutrition and in its most life threatening form it is often associated with images of… Continue reading Malnutrition in schools – a problem far too great to ignore!

How skills competitions can enhance the curriculum?

In education it is important to remember that many pupils learn very effectively by doing and it is important to celebrate this as well as academic excellence. Competitions in skills based activities can be used effectively to drive up standards and encourage excellence. Competitions can also use formative and summative assessment when pupils are made… Continue reading How skills competitions can enhance the curriculum?

Food Education should be a government priority

We live in a society that is plagued by ill health both physical and mental. Food teachers can make a tremendous impact on the way pupils prepare and eat food to maintain good health. Food teachers, in a way are health promoters who can play a proactive role in educating nutritionists,¬†dietitians, teachers, doctors of the… Continue reading Food Education should be a government priority