Using the Two-spoon Method in Cooking

Once you know how to use two spoons to get your cookie or biscuit mixture onto a baking tray, it is easy to do. But what is the best way to teach children this essential cooking skill?

Kate Morris and Sally Brown, authors of Get Cooking in the Classroom, have created a great video to help teach children the two-spoon method.

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Brilliant new MFL resources

Our new MFL catalogue is now available! Click here to download your copy.

 

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The Bridge Method of Cutting

Once you know how to cut ingredients safely using the bridge method, it is easy to do. But what is the best way to teach children this essential cooking skill?

Kate Morris and Sally Brown, authors of Get Cooking in the Classroom, have created a great video to help teach children how to use the bridge method.

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Need to do an assembly? Don’t panic!

Our new assemblies catalogue is now available! Click here to download a copy.

Our lassemblies-catalogueatest assembly book, Modern Christian Assembly Stories written by Gary Nott, is now available. This collection has 50 contemporary stories, all with a Christian theme, making it ideal for schools wishing to ensure that their collective worship is, in the main, Christian.

Here are just some of the characters you will meet:

  • Billy loses his trunks whilst swimming at school – how embarrassing! What will he do? Listen to his hilarious story.
  • David is missing his best friend, who has left school. Then he meets Arthur, the new boy. Arthur is different. He is autistic: he canʼt speak. How can David make friends with him?
  • Joshua is fascinated with fire but one day goes too far and sets light to his school. What will his headteacher and parents say?
  • Katherine is excited when she is chosen to be head girl. Then she receives a poison pen letter from a jealous classmate. How will she cope with her disappointment?
  • Mr Ripple has an idea for a class assembly with a difference. He asks his class to bring their pets into school. Then things start to go wrong with consequences he could not have foreseen.

Don’t forget – there are sample assembly stories from all our assembly books on our website – so you can try before you buy!

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The Claw Method of Cutting

Once you know how to cut ingredients safely using the claw method, it is easy to do. But what is the best way to teach children this essential cooking skill?

Kate Morris and Sally Brown, authors of Get Cooking in the Classroom, have created a great video to help teach children how to use the claw method.

 

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Something for our Welsh customers!

I’m pleased to announce that owelsh-catalogueur new Welsh catalogue is now available. Click here to download a copy.

In it you will find details of all our Welsh resources, including our new set of 6 maths problem solving books – Datrys Problemau Mathemateg. The activities develop problem solving skills and strategies, using a variety of ‘real life’ situations. The problems vary in length and complexity. Differentiated sheets allow you to challenge the most able and give additional support to those that need it.

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Top 10 tips for teaching bright children

  1. Find out what they know before you teach them. This will prevent reteaching what a pupil already knows.
  2. Remove drill from their lives. Bright pupils learn and retain a concept the first time it is presented to them. Allow them to move on to something else while you consolidate concepts with the rest of the class.
  3. Pace instruction at the rate of the learner. Pupils progress at different rates. Allow them to progress at their own rate.
  4. Use discovery learning techniques. Use Inductive Learning strategies to allow pupils to use thinking skills to reach conclusions.
  5. Allow them to arrive at answers in their own way. Bright pupils enjoy devising their own problem-solving techniques.
  6. Allow pupils to form their own cooperative learning groups. Avoid always making the brightest pupil in the group responsible for the whole group’s learning. Allow them to sometimes choose their own groups and work with other bright, motivated pupils.
  7. Design an individual education plan. This will cater to different learning rates.
  8. Teach them the art of argument. Since bright pupils have a tendency to argue anyway, teach them to understand when it is appropriate to argue and also to understand when it is appropriate to argue and also to understand the reaction of others to their argumentativeness.
  9. Allow pupils to observe. Provide pupils with opportunities to observe and don’t demand immediate answers.
  10. Be flexible in designing programmes. Provide your pupils with a variety of programme alternatives, such as independent study, special classes mentoring and enrichment and extension activities.

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These ideas have been taken from Thinking Strategies for the Successful Classroom, published by Brilliant Publications. The series includes activities, teaching notes and photocopiable worksheets on a variety of classroom strategies. The activities included are designed to enrich and extend the thinking strategies of the entire class, with in-built opportunities to challenge the skills of the highest achievers.

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