Lesson 1 - Scotland is famous for its porridge
What are we learning to do?
use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.
understand where food comes from.
select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.
design, make and evaluate a tasty bowl of porridge.
Key facts to share
- Porridge, or oatmeal, is a dish that has existed in Scotland for over thousands of years.
- Porridge is a food which is made with a cereal, usually oats.
- In some countries barley or other grains may be used. (Can you remember when we drew grains like barley and oats when it was harvest? Grains start life as plants in a field)
- It is usually eaten for breakfast.
- The oats are boiled in water or milk, or both.
- Porridge is cooked in saucepans or in a microwave.
- Traditionally, it was cooked in large metal kettles over hot coals.
- In Scotland it is usually served hot in a wooden bowl or dish.
- In Scotland salt is often added. Some people add things to their porridge such as sugar or syrup or fruit.
- It isn't difficult to understand why Porridge has become such a staple dish in Scotland. Not only is this dish warming and filling, it is a great source of energy and is extremely easy to make.
- There are also some interesting porridge-related traditions in Scotland. e.g. Stirring the porridge with a wooden rod called a 'Spurtle' is a common tradition.
- Another, less well-known tradition, dictates that the dish should be eaten standing up. To stand while eating this dish is believed to show a sign of respect for it. It is highly likely, though, that this rule came from workers needing to eat their porridge on-the-go, as they made their way to work.
Make your own porridge (Using one of the recipes below)
Scottish Porridge Recipe
50g Porridge Oats
350ml Milk or Water (or a mixture of the two)
Greek Yogurt, thinned with a little milk and clear honey, to serve
Put the oats in a saucepan
Pour the milk or water and sprinkle in a pinch of salt.
Bring to the boil.
Simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring from time to time.
Remember to watch it carefully and check that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
To serve, pour into a bowl and drizzle with honey or spoon yogurt on top.
Lesson 1 - Ireland - Design and make a St. Patrick's Day Card
What are we learning to do?
- Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for myself and other users.
- Generate, develop, model and communicate my ideas through talking, drawing, templates and mock ups.
- Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.
- Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials according to their characteristics.
Interesting Facts about Ireland - St. Patrick's Day
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