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Archive for December, 2009

Season’s Greetings

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Season’s Festivities

With the end of term drawing near plus Christmas and New Year on their way why not explore celebrations from around the world. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus and you can find out how other faiths commemorate the birth of their religion’s founders or leaders here. Also featured on the site are examples of worldwide celebrations to welcome the new year. You can also investigate the origins and traditions of Hogmanay and bake some scrummy Scottish shortbread.  

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One component of most festivities is food. As well as feasting on large meals, holidays are a time associated with increased snacking, often on foods that are high in sugar and/or fat. The Grain Chain has devoted  sections for both 7-11 year olds and 11-14 year olds examining the balance of energy input and output and its foundation as part of a healthy balanced diet. There is also an ‘Energenie’ game which students can play online.

 

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Wholegrain Goodness

Continuing the theme of diet and nutrition, check out www.wholegraingoodness.com.  It is an independent campaign whose aims are to raise awareness of the health benefits and versatility of wholegrains. On their site you can find out what constitutes a wholegrain, recommended daily intake, delicious recipes and the first instalment of the wholegrain videocasts.