Home schooling with life skills in the kitchen

Many families are continuing to juggle a variety of roles and responsibilities due to the
ongoing situation with the pandemic. With many of us working from home, we have had
to develop skills we never thought we had, as teachers!

Sadly, home-schooling has become the norm for most and this time around, the schools
have been far more structured in what and how they expect their pupils to learn. They must
attend lessons, all be it virtual, sign in for register which is all a positive in providing them
with the structure many so badly need in their daily lives. Alas, what this does not
compensate for is that lack of trained support in the classroom, the time for them to
interact with their friends to continue developing those vital interpersonal skills which they
would have got from being at school.

One of our Directors, Mark is in the very same boat as outlined with his extended family,
Isla, and Ollie. Being at home, his fiancé Lauren, along with Mark are trying to ensure that
home schooling is fun by thinking of creative ways to add variety and activity into
the children’s lives.

One such example is here with Isla, where she and her class are currently learning in
their history lessons all about the Golden Age of Islam.

They were set the task of making flat breads which Lauren and Mark tied in with their
evening meal which they had planned to be a curry!

See the recipe and method below if you would like to get your children involved, or if you
would just like to make some Flatbreads yourself!

Ingredients required to make
four 6-inch flatbreads:
• 1 ¼ cup of All Purpose or Bread flour
• 1 teaspoon yeast (dry active or instant)
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ cup warm water
• 2 teaspoons olive oil
1. Place flour, yeast, and salt into a mixing
2. Add water and oil and beat for 1 minute.
3. Place dough (it will be sticky) on a floured
surface, cover and leave for 10 minutes.
4. After 10 minutes, preheat a heavy frying
pan / skillet on a medium heat.
5. Divide your dough into four pieces and
shape each piece into a ball.
6. Roll each ball into a 6-inch circle.
7. Cook in an ungreased hot pan for about 1
minute each side and they are ready to

All great life skills drawing upon the learnings of Math’s, English and of course the
practicalities of cookery followed by the enjoyment of eating the results!

Great job Isla – we may have to task Mark with bringing in some samples for the office to
try when the situation allows!