A recent food tech lesson in Year 8 at Lansdowne School involved the students baking a tasty Italian meatball pasta. This part of an overall theme of exploring different pasta types, and then deciding which pasta is our favourite.
Each class member followed carefully the recipe sheets. Chopping was one of the key skills being used. Mr Evans and his team have been helping Year 8 to feel confident using the bridge method of chopping. The pupils that have obtained their chopping licence were able to use the sharp kitchen knives.
Working independently is another of the current Year 8 objectives. The pupils are expected to now find their way around the food tech space and locate the resources that are needed. Personal responsibility is also expected when it comes to keeping a clean and tidy food tech work station.
The preparation of the meatballs was a success. A pasta sauce was also cooked by each Year 8 class member. The final part of the practical session was for each pupil to make a choice about which type of pasta they would like to serve with their meal. Mr Evans asked the students to explain their decision.
This was a busy lesson with plenty of food preparation required. It came to a close with an overall assessment from Mr Evans. He explained that the food preparation was a success, but a little more attention still needs to be paid to the students tidying up as they go along. This will be a focus for future weeks.