Educational benefits of cooking

A few years ago while invigilating a KS2 Science SATS paper you should have seen the smile that appeared on my face when I spotted the question all about baking cakes and the scientific processes that happen. After the test several pupils approached me saying they knew the answer to this question because of what we had made in Cookery Club.

There are obvious benefits of children learning how to cook like fine motor skills, introduction of new foods and how to have a healthy balanced diet but learning how to cook can also impact on other things. Yesterday whilst speaking to a teacher in a school where I run a cookery club they mentioned how they have noticed that the children who attend cookery club have a higher than average writing score than children who don’t attend. Of course there is many factors that can influence this but it does make me wonder that for a lot of children the kinesthetic side of learning really does help you learn and retain information.

While waiting for our food to cook in Cookery Club we look at recipe writing, recipe planning and introduce terms they may not come across in daily classroom life. This term the focus is on the maths side of cooking. How to cost recipes, how to understand scales and how cooking is essentially science and maths hidden in amongst a flurry of icing sugar and flour. We are going to see if this push on maths this term also sees the maths scores of these children rise.

I’ve found cookery a great way to engage learners who may struggle to access the curriculum through the traditional route.


About Julie @ Apple & Thyme

A Derbyshire/Staffordshire based business that provides creative food education with the aim of making good food and cookery skills accessible for all.

Posted on January 25, 2012, in children and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You are so right, I agree with you about the kinaesthetic approach as I think my daughter learns like this and she does happen to love cooking, always wanting to help. Funny enough, her handwriting is very good too!
    I am teaching a group of young mums how to cook soon and I really looking forward to trying lotsof learning techniques with them:-0

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