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Cooking is an excellent science and maths activity, both practical and intellectual - weighing amp; measuring, sequencing, use of standard units, use of materials (eg non-stick surfaces), different kinds of flours, changing the state of the "mix" from ingredients (powder, liquid) to dough (flat and risen) and then to bread (textured and crusty). There is physical dexterity required in the mixing and manipulating of the ingredients and dough.

"Composing" sandwiches is an aesthetic and artistic activity (in the catering trade, there are competitions in designing and presenting sandwiches where you can win a gold medal!) A nice one for the end-of-term party, perhaps.

This could lead on to maths, data analysis - bar chart of favourite sandwiches, surveys of most popular bread products.

Bread features in many stories, like Little Red Hen, Hansel amp; Gretel (trail of crusts) and nursery rhymes (eg Tom, Tom, the baker's son). For older children, explore metaphors like "sandwiched between".

Design and technology: Why are some designs more suitable for particular kinds of bread? What breads are useful for what kinds of meal?

Religious education: Bread is a theme in harvest festivals around the world. The Biblical stories of Joseph (going from famine to a land of plenty) and Moses and the Exodus (the Israelites took unleavened bread from Egypt) feature bread, as does Jesus's last supper and communion wafers.

History: Make a timeline from the invention of bread, the first millstones and ovens to sliced bread. What other events intersect the bread timeline?

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