DT: Cooking & Nutrition- Making Pancakes

Yum, yum, yum in our tum, tum, tum.

Within this series of lessons we learnt how to:

  • Crack an egg
  • Read scales to measure amounts in grammes
  • Measure amounts in ml
  • Measure amounts using measuring spoons
  • Beat a mixture together

We also practised:

  • Using a hot pan safely
  • Using a knife to chop safely
  • Reading and following a recipe carefully and accurately
  • Working together safely in a kitchen

Before making the pancakes, we designed what we wanted our finished pancake to look like and decided what we would like in our pancakes. We followed the recipe to make a batter and chopped the ingredients before using following our designs to create the finished pancake.

We cooperated well in the kitchen and cooked together as a team. The end results were delicious and we decided that as a year group we preferred sweet pancakes over savoury. If you would like to have a go at whipping up some batter then please follow the link in the ‘learning together’ section of the school website. We look forward to hearing about which toppings you like.

Marvellous Macaroni Cheese

As part of our cooking and nutrition curriculum we continued to build our knowledge of what we need to eat to stay healthy. We discussed the three different types of carbohydrates and know that humans get energy from carbohydrates.

To develop our LIFE SKILLS we used measured out our own ingredients. To do this we used a range of measuring equipment and worked together to apply our maths skills to read scales in grams and millilitres. We also set the oven temperature and used a timer and clock to know when our delicious dish was ready.

Cooking macaroni cheese meant that we were able to practise:

  • Looking for bubbles when boiling water
  • Tucking in our knuckles when grating the cheese!
  • Making a roux and watching what happens when you add cheese to the butter and flour.
  • Baking in the oven.
  • Eating together in a community.

Throughout the session we made certain that we kept safe and followed high levels of hygiene (hand washing, hair back, aprons etc.)

Our cooking session and end results can be seen below.

Grating is serious business.
Sprinkling over an extra layer of cheese.
Ready to be baked. In the oven it goes.
Times up, gloves on and ready to take our Mac & Cheese out of the oven.
Eating together- mmmm.
Enjoying our delicious food with friends.

Meringue Making

As part of our food technology lessons, year 6 have been learning how to make meringue. We first of all looked at the type of eggs we can buy from the supermarket (the difference between caged, battery farm and free range) and then we had a go at making our own meringues. We learned how to properly separate an egg into the white and the yolk, whisk the white to stiff peaks, folding in the icing sugar and then spooning the mixture onto a baking tray. Once they had cooked for 90 minutes and had cooled, we then made some chantilly cream. For this, we mixed together double cream, vanilla and icing sugar. We then got the chance to eat our creations with fresh strawberries or jam.

Spring Term: Cooking and Nutrition

This term, we have been thinking about the seasonality of fruits in the UK as well as finding out more about why different fruits grow in different countries. We find out about fruits which grow in the tropic regions and discovered information about the journey of the pineapple from Africa to the UK.

Our Challenge: To design and make a tropical fruit salad.

  • First we tasted pineapple, papaya, watermelon, banana, apple and tangerine and discussed the taste and our preferences.
  • Next we decided what we would put into our tropical fruit salad.
  • Then we prepared our cooking space by cleaning and wiping the tables.
  • After that we learnt how to use a knife safely and put our skills to the test by chopping up our chosen tropical fruits.
  • To finish, we made a yoghurt and mint dip and drizzled this over our salad.
  • Afterwards we washed up the utensils and cleaned our work space.
  • Finally we tasted our tropical fruit salad.

West Earlham Junior School
Scarnell Road, Norwich NR5 8HT

Telephone: 01603 454569
Email: office@westearlhamjunior.norfolk.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Catrin Eyers
School Business Manager: Mrs Beverley Savage