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Pat a cake, pat a cake

posted 3 Feb 2013, 10:27 by Zoe Hendy   [ updated 7 Apr 2013, 09:23 ]
We spent some time last term learning about food and having the opportunity to make a number of different sweet and savoury treats that the children were then able to take home.  The children had a great time and we found the cooking table was always a hive of activity! 

This was a wonderful opportunity for us to introduce many new words for the children as we discussed the names of the ingredients, used descriptive words for the different textures we were experiencing and talked about our cooking methods which included rubbing in sugar and butter, whisking eggs, kneading dough and rolling pasty.

We were able to encourage early maths skills such as counting, weighing and measuring and using early mathematical language such as more than, less than, small, large, etc.  The children were also learning about hygiene of course as they wore aprons, washed their hands and learnt about germs – keeping their ‘cooking fingers’ away from their noses and mouths. 

The children made a selection of goodies covering a variety of cooking methods.  Starting with simple crispy cakes and currant sponge cakes to raise money for Children in Need, we later progressed to jam tarts, cheesy muffins and made bread dough that we turned into pizzas.  We ended term with some wonderful smelling gingerbread that we cut into shapes and threaded to make Christmas tree decorations.