Our lessons give children the chance to experience new vegetables and fruits in a positive way – and widen their food vocabulary. The programme is cheap and easy (the main cost is buying the fruits and vegetables) and requires no cooking skills on the part of the teacher to deliver. All the lessons are designed to be delivered in the classroom. Teachers have told us how simple they find our resources to use compared to other food lessons and how rewarding it is to see previously reluctant children join in and try new foods.
We know how busy teachers lives are. Rather than being a complicated extra, TastEd can make existing curriculum easier and more exciting to deliver. The Reception and Early Years lessons are designed to deliver core EYFS curriculum especially PSED, Communication and Language, Understanding the World and Health and Self Care. From Year 1 onwards a course of our lessons will cover the D & T Cooking and Nutrition curriculum as well as engaging children with literacy, especially writing. Each course of lessons includes some simple cooking activities in the final ‘Taste’ lessons. The lessons also make a great bridge to more advanced cooking if you have access to a teaching kitchen.
Added benefits are that the lessons make children more mindful around food and give them the space and self-confidence to talk about their likes and dislikes without feeling judged. For children who have experienced poor body image or disordered feelings around food, TastEd is a very nurturing and positive way to reconnect with the simple sensory pleasures of food. Through the two golden rules – no one has to like, no one has to try – the children learn important values such as mutual respect and boundaries.
Our lesson plans and PowerPoints – developed in collaboration with classroom teachers- are closely tailored to UK curriculum for speaking and writing as well as D & T. The PowerPoints feature engaging and beautiful imagery designed by artist Annabel Lee and are designed to be picked up and used straight away, even by a supply teacher.
The lessons are tailored to each year group of primary school but can be mixed and matched across year groups, depending on what’s in season and the rest of your curriculum. As well as English, TastEd can be used to deliver other subjects including PSHE, Art, Geography and History.
To access the complete set of over a hundred resources covering the whole of primary – which we are constantly updating and expanding – sign up to our schools members portal for only £80 a year – click on ‘Members’ above.
Thanks to a generous donor, we can now offer FREE teacher training via Skype or in person (worth c. £400) to schools who sign up. Contact us below if you would like more details.
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Year 1 lessons
Year 2 lessons
Year 4 lessons
As well as English, TastEd can be used to deliver other subjects including PSHE, History, Art and Geography – the lessons all suggest ways to develop the theme into other subject areas.
We have also piloted TastEd for delivering PSHE at Secondary level for Year 7s and we will offer these lesson plans on our portal in the near future – let us know if you are interested.
Thanks to a generous donor, we can now offer FREE teacher training via Skype or in person (worth c. £400) if you want to get started with TastEd. We are offering this to schools that sign up to our members’ portal. We can tailor our courses to the needs of your school. Contact us if you would like more details.
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