Teaching and Learning sequence for teacher registration

Sat, Jan 29, 2011 4-minute read

Below is a A SEQUENCE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING which I was required to develop and analyse to complete my teacher registration.


Main Lesson: Food Chemistry

Class 8

Key Concepts:

  • The processes of changing food substances into body building food.
  • Food Substances found in nature can be transformed.
  • The human body can build itself through the transformation of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and water as either inner or outer processes.
  • Analysis of foods PLANTS, SEEDS, MILK, EGGS, SUGAR and CHOCOLATE have similar or unique components.

Key Skills:

  • Safety when conducting experiments
  • Research, presentation skills and poster condensing
  • Connecting micro and macro components of food chemistry ie the browning of an apple connected with enzymes


VELs Outcomes:

  • Science: Science knowledge and understanding: students explain change in terms of cause and effect in experimental examples

  • Science: Science at Work: students can explain how sustainable practices have been developed and/or are applied in their local environment


  • Communication: Presenting: students summarise and organise ideas and information, logically and clearly in an oral presentations


The School: A city based Steiner school city based in transition to a senior IB program. Split facility across two campus in transaction to one. Student have a core class teacher till class 8 who will cover most subjects.

Characteristics of students which may affect their learning:

A mixed ability class with students who have always  been in Waldorf education mixed with students new to Waldorf in Class 8. Some students will have educational disabilities such as dyslexia, ADHD and numeracy and literacy limitations. The majority of students at a average to above average level for their expected VELs outcomes.

Teaching Challenges presented by the class or students

A very talkative groups who need to be reminded to not talk while other are. Some students define chemistry as “explosion” and do not connect with a subtle version of chemistry. Student of class 8 undertook a major year long project with a number choosing cooking or food as a focus so have an active interest in the main lesson  topic.

Physical Learning environment:

The classroom for Class 8 and the utilisation of local walking paths through the Collingwood Children’s Farm

Other important factors to consider:

No Laboratory available. Daily 2 hour class for 3 weeks with a science double class utilised for the main lesson.


Dates: November 1-19th 2010 Main lesson times 8:55am-10:45am Daily

What student should know at the conclusion of the unit:

  • The components which constitute food, carbohydrates, proteins, sugars.
  • How enzymes act in browning of fruits and how this can be prevented.
  • How to write and develop an experimental procedure
  • Linking the sun energy to available energy in food

Prior knowledge and skills:

  • Combustion carbon and heating processes
  • Anatomy of human digestion
  • Observational skills and drawing
  • Chance and Data main lesson
  • Animal Biology

Teaching and learning activities to engage students and achieve learning aims:

o   Experiments:

  • §  Enzyme browning reaction
  • §  Seed Dissection
  • §  Little Miss Muffet: making curd and whey protein coagulation
  • §  Identifying the presence of starch

o   Art:

  • §  Boarders
  • §  Drawing observations
  • §  Diagrams
  • §  Milk Image

o   Reading and Listening:

  • §  Teach reading from text
  • §  Thinking and reasoning via verbal based questioning and discussion

o   Maths and Analysis:

  • §  Pie chart of mammal milk comparison and comparison between species

o   Food Diary:

  • §  Food Kilometers
  • §  Mood based on food diary

o   Research and presentation

  • §  Poster on history and chemistry of fruit/veg
  • §  Cook with this fruit and veg
  • §  Class presentation

Monitoring student learning and effectiveness of teaching:

Questions at the start of each lesson to recap and summarise what was covered the day before, having students write their own procedures from an experiment conducted the previous session. Review of homework,

3 day rhythm- eg allowing students to experience an experiment day 1, develop their procedure, aims and observations in good copy day 2 and discuss the theory. Write conclusions based on discussion from day 2 on day 3. Using open questions, targeting individual students.

Assessment Tasks:

Project Poster: includes drafting, research skill and the final poster layout

Food Chemistry Project Student Handout

Project Presentation: a 5 minute class presentation which summarises the information used in the poster with supporting food props examples

Main Lesson Test: A main lesson overview to recall and problem solve food science concepts covered in the main lesson.

Class 8 Food Chemistry Test

Main Lesson Book: The main lesson book is a record of class work. It should be neat, ordered and contain all notes, diagrams and tasks completed during the unit of work. (A-E)

Completeness: all elements of the main lesson book present (A-E)

Beauty: elements of colour, layout and theme throughout the book (A-E)

Accuracy: spelling, science concepts and diagrams accurate (A-E)



Planning Unit overview


Master Chief: Tempering chocolate


Tempering Chocolate Poh Julie Venn


Delicious References