Cooking – an incredible teaching tool

Cooking is a life skill, an educational tool and also just great fun. It is an excellent way to help children of all ages learn. Cooking enables children to work in a variety of curriculum fields simultaneously. From maths to English, science to geography, history to PSHE, cooking can be the tool which helps children practically explore many areas of education and life, often without even noticing they are learning. I used to teach in a special needs secondary school where cooking was taught both as a subject and as a social activity.  They ran ‘foody-Friday’ where the students planned, budgeted, purchased, … Continue reading

Maths with young children

Maths is a subject which people are often happy to say they are not very good at. There is no stigma attached to saying “I’m rubbish at Maths” or “I hate numbers” unlike the stigma which would be attached were you to say “I’m rubbish at reading” or “I hate words”. This is strange, as in many ways we use Maths as much in our day-to-day lives as we do the core English skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Maths is a part of our lives in a much less overt way than English. When you drive a … Continue reading