How to teach the curriculum through cooking

Getting kids to help you cook is a great way to teach them Key Stage 2 English maths science and French skills, straight from the curriculum. They won’t even realise they’re learning at the same time as having fun!

Of course they’ll also learn how to cook and eat, balanced. Show them what different fruits and vegetables look like and discuss how they’re grown and why they’re good for us.

We’ve included links to the recipes Food and, a great resource for finding out more about the skills they’ve been learning.

Learn fractions while making biscuits

Kids don’t all love learning about fractions and division but most of them enjoy eating biscuits. Get them excited about these Key Stage 2 maths topics by weaving them into this chocolate chip biscuit recipe.

Once they’ve weighed and measured the ingredients boosting their confidence with numbers they can divide the biscuit dough into pieces. This recipe makes 24 biscuits so the dough can easily be divided to make fewer or more cookies.

Once the biscuits are baked you can chat about adding and subtracting fractions. So if I have 4 biscuits (4/24) and you have 4 biscuits how many of the biscuits do we both have (8/24) and is there a way of making that fraction smaller (1/3) Then if you gave 2 of your biscuits to a friend how would you work out the new fraction (6/24 > 1/4).

This will help them remember basic principles of Key Stage 2 – plus they get to enjoy 1/24 of the biscuits afterwards!

Learn ratios while making pancakes

A basic pancake recipe uses a golden ratio of ingredients – for every 100g of flour you need 2 eggs and 300ml of milk. This makes this recipe ideal for helping to teach kids how ratios work. Explain that if the flour and milk are a 1:3 ratio what is the ratio of flour to eggs (1:2)

You could also use this opportunity to introduce kids to percentages. For instance what percentage of the total mixture is flour.

Further learning: When weighing and measuring ingredients children can learn that 100ml of milk doesn’t weigh the same as 100g of flour. Together you can weigh different measured out at 100ml to see how volume doesn’t equal.

Learn about solids and while making ice cream

The principles of freezing and turning solids and then gases are included in the Key Stage 2 curriculum and can be taught by making a simple ice cream.

Before freezing the mixture heat a little of it (without the berries) until it evaporates. Explain that heating changes the into a gas via a process called evaporation.

When you freeze the mixture explain that can solidify when you apply cold temperatures to them. Tell them that water freezes at 0 degrees, and that difference have different freezing points.

When the ice cream is ready to eat a spoonful from the tub and allow it to melt. Explain why ice cream melts when it comes out of the freezer relating it back to its state before it was frozen.

Learn about eating while making tacos

A veg-packed taco is a well-balanced dish and the perfect opportunity to talk about the 4 key food groups. As kids help you assemble these tacos you can link your cooking back to the Key Stage curriculum on eating.

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