St Mary’s C E Primary School Curriculum Events Evaluation 2015-16
After the children had analysed their first attempt at making cupcakes, they went back to the recipe and decided where they would make any changes.
The Invention Test
After looking at the types of flavourings available, the groups had to design their own cupcake. This involved looking at the flavour and colour of the cupcake.
There were long discussions about which flavours went well together and which didn’t.
They had to think and plan carefully as this was the cupcake that the judges would be tasking and judging! No room for error!
The Icing Challenge
We watched a YouTube video showing possible ways to ice cupcakes. It looked daunting! Each design was beautiful but so technical – and looked almost impossible to achieve in the day we had to master it.
It was a challenge!
We then designed and experimented with piping techniques – and chose the very best one to present to the judges.
Marketing and Advertising
As with all businesses, we had to think about our company name, product name and product description. We had to use some of our most descriptive English – and even invented new words to describe how luscious and tasty our cupcakes were.
Judging afternoon dawn sunning and bright! Two and a half days of work, learning, designing and baking were about to be judged by three of the toughest judges known in the culinary world: Mrs Cross, Mrs Garrett and Sarah the School Cook.
Nerves were taut.
Hands were shaking.
The room fell silent as the three judges entered. This was it.
The three judges went from group to group – looking intently at each cupcake before testing each one. Comments were made in whispers so we couldn’t hear. We were asked tough questions about how we had designed the colour and flavour of each cupcake.
I think that the Great St Mary’s Bake-Off was really great fun. It helped me by having us work as teams. It also helped with my measuring – all those ingredients! I wasn’t really good at baking before but now I think I am.
My favourite part of the Great St Mary’s Bake-Off was when it was judging time. It was so scary! I was so nervous!
• Team work and collaboration
• Reading for meaning
• Measuring – weighing accurately
• Following instructions
• Enticing description and persuasion
• Visual marketing and advertising
• Flavouring and colouring – what works and what doesn’t