The Grain Chain

Archive for May, 2010

The half term is nearly here…

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The upcoming break is the perfect time to plan your lessons for the new term but you don’t need to miss out on a social life to prepare them. Our ready-made lesson plans are split into age groups and focus on key areas of the curriculum. We even have interactive whiteboard activities and quizzes to help get your class involved. We also have ready-made worksheets in a Microsoft Word format – which means that you can change them to suit your the ability of your class. All of these resources can be found in the teachers’ section of our website,

Top Tip!

Be sure to check this section at the beginning of July, as we’ll be adding even more lesson plans which have been tried and tested by teachers across the UK.

Another worrying trend…

We have all heard about the worrying childhood obesity trends, which indicate that by 2015, one in ten children in the UK will be obese. But have you heard about the latest rise in  childgirl on scaleshood dieting and eating disorders? A survey of 32,000 ten to fifteen year olds by the Schools Health Education Unit revealed that teenage girls regularly skip up to two meals a  day with breakfast and lunch being the most commonly missed. Healthy eating at any age is important, but especially throughout the childhood and teenage years as young bodies are still developing. With this in mind, we have created an interactive podcast about healthy eating and the importance of eating a balanced diet for you to use in the classroom. You can find this by clicking on the following link

Join us on Facebook

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The Grain Chain is now on Facebook and we’d like you to join us

For even more updates, news, useful links and teaching ideas, join us at our Facebook page We’d also love to find out what you think of the Grain Chain website – you can post your comments or questions on our discussion forum and one of the Grain Chain team will get back to you. Feel free to send the link to your colleagues – with all the useful lesson plans and tips on the website we’re sure they’ll thank you for it!

British Sandwich Week

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

It’s Brisandwich3tish Sandwich Week

British Sandwich Week (May 9-15th) presents a great opportunity to celebrate one of Britain’s best loved and versatile foods – the sandwich. Since being uncovered and named by the 4th Earl of Sandwich in 1762, the Great British Sandwich has become common place at lunchtimes in homes, offices, schools, and shops all over Britain. Unlike so many other foods today, the average sandwich is wholesome, healthy and ideally suited to today’s busy lifestyles where people want foods that are convenient to carry and easy to eat.

Top tip!

Children perform better at school when they eat a substantial breakfast and a healthy, balanced lunch. Lunchboxes should contain foods from the following four food groups:

- Starchy carbohydrates such as bread, or pasta. A sandwich is ideal as not only will it give children energy but bread also contains essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, B vitamins and iron.

- Fruit and vegetables. Favourites include bananas, grapes and easy peel satsumas. Raw vegetable sticks or cherry tomatoes are normally welcomed.

- Protein. Try adding chicken or cheese to a sandwich with lots of salad.

- Dairy. A small fruit based yoghurt or a bite sized piece of cheese works well.

Rather than provide children with fizzy drinks or sugary juices, give them a bottle of water. It is essential for keeping both body and brain hydrated.  Alternatively a glass of milk is one of the most nutritious choices available and is a good source of essential nutrients including calcium and vitamin D which play a key part in building and maintaining strong bones and teeth.

Did you know…?

- The first recorded sandwich was made by the famous rabbi, Hillel the Elder, who lived during the 1st century BC.

- Sliced bread was introduced into the UK in the mid 1930’s.

- Sandwiches account for up to 50% of the bread we eat.

- Over 30% of all sandwiches sold have chicken as a filling. The British Sandwich Association estimates that the amount of chicken used in a year is 20,550 tonnes.

- Over 62% of the population buy a sandwich at least once a year.

- The most expensive place to buy a sandwich is London - £1.83 versus a national average of £1.66.