Activity 1 - There is a range of basic cooking skills.
Explain to the children that we need certain skills to be able to make snacks and meals. Ask them to recall some of the skills they used last session when making their playtime snacks. For example:
You could make a list of these or display the appropriate Actions cards.
Ask the children to think of other food skills which might be needed for cooking. What have they seen others do when cooking?
Show some or all of the following videos:
As you show each video, ask the children to identify two or three key skills needed for each recipe and keep a list, which can be seen by the whole class, of these skills under the heading of each recipe.
The children should decide on two of the recipe videos they have seen and, using the, Cooking skills worksheet, illustrate two or three key skills needed in those recipes.
Activity 2 - Basic cooking skills are required to make a dish.
In advance of the lesson, decide on one or two non-heat cooking activities that will require children to use a knife, e.g. sandwiches, fruit salad, dip.
Organise the classroom, equipment and ingredients to allow a cooking session to take place. Plan how you will work with the children, e.g. half a class at a time. See the Setting up a cooking session guide.
Explain to the children what they will be making. Talk through the hygiene rules for cooking. Use the Hygiene and safety checklist in the Setting up a cooking session guide for reference and display the Let’s get ready to cook poster for the children to see.
Talk through the recipe and demonstrate what the children will have to do.
Be clear and precise when demonstrating how to use the knife in a safe and appropriate way. See Skills guide. Demonstrate:
Ensure children understand that when they finish cutting they must put the knife down. They should not hold it while they do other things or move around the room. This rule also applies to other sharp or pointed equipment.
Allow the children to carry out their cooking activity, you can use the How do you make soda bread worksheet, Make a potato salad worksheet or the How to make a sandwich lesson plan as examples of what can be made.
Gather the children to look at what they have made. Question them:
Allow the children to taste what they have made. Remember to instruct the children on how to do this hygienically. See Tasting guide.
A worksheet to record different cooking skills used in recipes.
A guide to support setting up a cooking session.
A poster about getting ready to cook.
A guide highlighting key food skills that can be taught.
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