I suppose it seems like an odd choice for a librarian to be involved in a project about food. You might ask yourself, where is the connection between libraries and a department that specialises in everything textile, food and balanced diet related? Well, the common denominators are literacy, personal writing and the media. I have always been keen to establish a project with the Home Economics department but was at a bit of loss on how to achieve this. However, not being afraid of a challenge, I began to think of possible ways to run such a project.
The idea for this activity came due to a discussion I had with the Principle Teacher of Home Economics, Scott Russell, and reading various cooking magazines. I then began to think of possible questions to ask our pupils and finally came up with a personal writing project that would get everyone talking about and celebrating food.
‘Running a literacy project is a vital part of the S1 Home Economics course. I believe it is important to highlight the importance of going to the library for research, so what better way than trialling a project like this.’
As a result, the writing activity called ‘S1 Love food’ was created. Great! A writing activity that would promote the library, the librarian and the work we do within our community!
Pupils were asked to design a newspaper/magazine article using a template already made for them using ‘ComicLife’. (It is hoped to give pupils the opportunity to use this package in future.)
The main purpose of this project however, was to provide pupils with the opportunity to learn about the layout of a newspaper article, celebrate food and highlighting the importance of their school library in their learning.
Pupils were asked to complete a brainstorming activity for homework with the final article being recreated in either class or the library. The following questions were asked;
1 What is your favourite thing to cook? (It could be something you have made this year in Home Economics.)
2 What are the main ingredients?
3 Where is your favourite place to eat?
4 Who do you go with?
5 What is your ultimate meal and why?
By working collaboratively, both departments really enhanced this project, I had not previously included the brainstorming step in my original plans. However, this gave pupils the chance to note down key ideas before writing their article. The response from pupils was encouraging. Many pupils stated they enjoyed creating a name for their newspaper/magazine.
Well done to all the S1 pupils who took part and contributed to this project. I would also like to thank Scott Russell, Principle teacher of Home Economics and Louise Hamilton, Home Economics teacher for being involved with this fantastic activity. I hope that this is an event that can be developed further in the coming years.