Children in Year 2 have one half term block of lessons in which they handle, taste, talk and learn about different foods and discover ways in which eating and drinking can help them to grow and keep healthy. The cooking processes that come into their lessons are: weighing ingredients, spreading, cutting fruit and vegetables safely with a knife, rubbing in, kneading and rolling. This has encouraged the children to experience new tastes and smells in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Children from Year 3 to 6 are taught Food Technology in half classes termly in rotation with Design Technology. A wide range of activities is taught from basic skills to food origins to why our diets are varied. There is a practical element to every lesson and, very importantly, a tasting session at the end. The aim of the lessons is to encourage a healthy relationship with food and this is taught through the understanding that around the world people use a range of different ingredients, equipment and cooking techniques; when planning to cook we need to consider current healthy eating advice; how to select the most suitable ingredients, equipment and food skills to achieve successful results; that buying, storing, preparing and cooking food safely and hygienically is vital for our health. The most important thing is that children are happy around food and are keen to learn new skills and embrace new taste sensations.
There is also a House Manor Bake-off competition for children in Year 3 to 6. This is run yearly in the Summer Term. This is a competition that is open to anyone who wishes to take part in the hope that they will win lots of points for their House. There are 3 rounds with the third round being a Showstopper Cake and we certainly get some amazing SHOWSTOPPING cakes with one child in Years 5 and 6 and one child in Years 3 and 4 being crowned the Star Baker!
On your marks, Get set......BAKE!