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Fire lighting to bake Viking bread

KS2, KS3

Core National Curriculum links

Science, DT

Main engineering principles

  • Pupils are engaged in the purposeful practical problem solving
  • Pupils’ curiosity and creativity is responded to

Duration

A series of lessons

EHoMs

Adapting

EDP stages

Imagine

Resources required

Bar B Q fire pits, firewood, matches, ingredients for baking Viking bread

Summary of activity

Bake traditional Viking bread over an open fire (investigate the burning properties of different types of wood)

To open the activity

Demonstrate lighting an open fire

The main activity

The following can take place over a full day or start in the afternoon and finish the next day or over a few days.

Lesson 1:
a)    Pupils will learn how to find the right type of firewood in different lengths for kindling etc.
b)    They will demonstrate success when they have enough wood to keep the fire going long enough to cook on.
c)    Key activities outline: Using iPads and a website to identify trees and leaves, pupils will pick out wood that they can use for firelighting – collect enough of different lengths to keep a fire going, dry out overnight or longer if required.

Science experiment: investigate which types of wood burn the longest/quickest to determine which is the most suitable for baking bread.

Lesson 2:
a)    Pupils will learn how to make traditional dough for Viking bread.
b)    They will demonstrate success when the dough is ready for baking.
c)    Key activities outline: Pupils will use a traditional recipe using a variety of different flour to make dough.  The dough needs to rest before it can be baked giving enough time to light the fires and get them ready.

Lesson 3a:
a)    Pupils will learn how to safely light a fire for cooking.
b)    They will demonstrate success when they have a bed of embers to cook Viking bread.
c)    Key activities outline: Give pupils opportunity to attempt to lay the fire on their own and try to light it.

Lesson 3b:
d)    Pupils will learn how to safely light a fire for cooking.
e)    They will demonstrate success when they have a bed of embers to cook Viking bread.
f)    Key activities outline: Show pupils the correct way to light the fire: tinder, kindling, light it, then add bigger and bigger pieces of wood.  Keep feeding the fire.

Challenge and support

Challenge: 
Experiment with different recipes (need researching) or different types of flour.  Use different techniques to light the fire.

Support:
Prepare the fire and dough ready for fire lighting and baking + adult support.

To finish the activity

Eat the bread!

Learn from me (what worked well for us)

Prepare a range of different types of wood beforehand. Have some dough prepared as well. Lots of adult support (but allow the pupils to light the fires and prepare the dough mixture).