Not long now until the GCSE food technology exam. One of the key things I do every year in preparation for the exam is to give my year 11 classes a mock exam on the preliminary material. This year the topic is “High protein main meals from a variety of cultures”. So I have… Continue reading Mock Exam on Question 1 – GCSE Food Technology High Protein Meals 2016
After much success using edible insects with my GCSE groups during their product development work, I decided to introduce the concept of entomophagy (that is ‘insect eating’) during a practical lesson with my year 10 group. So the lesson objectives were simple To define entomophagy. To make a dish using edible insects in a group… Continue reading Cooking high protein dishes with tasty, nutritious and sustainable bugs.
This resource includes a PowerPoint which explains how culture and religion affects food choice. It also has an example of a completed revision flashcard on Japanese food culture and slides to complete other cultures such as Italy and Thailand. There is also a sample answer on social and cultural factors which affect food choice. If… Continue reading GCSE Food Technology 2016 high protein meals and cultures
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.
Ok, so this blog may be a little controversial but as you will know by now if you are a regular reader of my website, I am passionate, emotive and opinionated and sometimes unknowingly I resort to ranting about the value of food education. Why am I like this? Well, because my experiences… Continue reading Should Celebrity Chefs write the GCSE Food Education specification?
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.
Wow, I have had a wonderful week in Malta finding out more about its history, culture, and people and in through ‘teacher geek’ style about how children learn about food, nutrition and healthy living there. Prior to my visit, I tried rather unsuccessfully to use the internet to uncover a basic summary of food… Continue reading Food Education is taught through the subject of Home Economics in Malta.
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? http://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
A massive massive thank you to all of my fellow colleagues who have supported my venture and bought resources from me to raise money for the charity Magic Breakfast. The total raised so far is a fab £82.00. Thank you so much.I am so pleased! I am currently selling three detailed sample answers on cultural… Continue reading Cultural design ideas and sample answers Food Technology GCSE.
So since writing a recent blog on Food Education in Japan, I have become very interested in how children around the world learn about health,nutrition, food and wellbeing. http://foodandhealthteacher.com/2016/03/28/japanese-food-education-shohuiku-demonstrates-the-importance-of-making-food-education-home-economics-lessons-mandatory-for-all/ I believe that our health is our wealth and that educators should do all in their power to educate young people about the importance of self… Continue reading What can we learn from food education and home economics lessons in Finland?