Literacy Activity

Bread is a major part of our diet. Indeed it is central to the diets of many people around the world. Nutritionists recommend we choose wholemeal and high fibre cereals as part of our healthy plate. Bread has a role to play here and it doesn’t have to be bland! Check out this video to learn about the variety of bread that comes from around the world.

Before playing the video:

  • Ask the children how many breads they can name.

After watching it, ask them:

  • How many breads can you name that the bakers were making?
  • What different activities did you see the bakers doing?

Then ask them to describe:

  • three things they already knew;
  • two things they learned from the video; and
  • one question they still have about what they watched.

In small groups, ask the children to find the meaning of each adjective below:

  • wholesome
  • nutritious
  • artisan
  • numerous
  • proficient
  • pliable

For example, pliable means flexible and easily bent into different shapes without breaking.

Then ask the children to use each adjective in a sentence to talk about what they have seen in the video. For example, the skilled baker uses the pliable dough to make many delicious breads.

Now in their groups, ask the children to use a thesaurus to find synonyms for each adjective and verb below:

  • good
  • appetising
  • change
  • fast
  • knead
  • nice

For example, nice: marvellous or delightful.

Then ask them to discuss sentences that they could use to describe what they observed in the video. For example, the baker skilfully creates lots of marvellous/delightful breads.


As a class, collate all the sentence ideas and carry out a shared writing activity to summarise the video.

Local Breads

Learn about local breads and use it as a springboard for a range of curriculum activities.

Local Breads Factsheet
PDF - 2.3 MB

Potato Bread of the Past

Potato Bread of Today

Thank you to the staff at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and The Yellow Door Bakery in the making of these videos.

Before playing the videos, ask the class to guess what will happen in them. Tell the class to watch carefully and then play the videos.

After watching them, ask the class:

  • What did you see?
  • What do you think is happening?

For these videos, we recommend playing them the first time without sound, so you don't hear the narration.

Ask the class to write down as many similarities between the two videos as they can. Then do the same for the differences. If they get stuck, prompt them to think about:

  • ingredients;
  • utensils; and
  • cooking methods.

Lead a discussion with the class based on the two videos. This might include questions such as:

  • Using evidence from the videos, what have you learned about:
    • cooking in Victorian times; and
    • cooking in the present?
  • How have cooking methods changed over the years?
  • Can you give some reasons for the differences between then and now?
  • Is there anything else you want to know?

In pairs, ask the class to use one word to describe what they saw. How many words can they come up with?

Ask the class: What if technology had not advanced how we make potato bread?

In pairs, ask them to discuss plus, minus and interesting ways to think about the question.

If they’re stuck for ideas, prompt them to think about:

  • What are the advantages of technology?
  • What are the disadvantages of technology?
  • What are the interesting points about the question?

Take it further

Ask the class: How might technology be used in food production in the future?

If they’re stuck for ideas, prompt them to think about:

  • 3D printing;
  • unmanned aerial vehicles (drones);
  • lab-grown meat; and
  • edible packaging.

Cook-a-Long with Simon Dougan: Making potato bread

If you missed the webinar you can still cook-a-long with Simon using the video below.  There are a number of things you will need ready before you start.

Thank you to the pupils at Portadown Integrated Primary School who joined Simon Dougan to make potato bread in their classroom.

Joining Instructions
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Simon Dougan was interviewed by two pupils from Portadown Integrated Primary School.  Watch the interview here.

Potato Bread Enterprise School Challenge

To get started, you will need to set up the enterprise and then design, make and sell a new flavour of potato bread. The Enterprise resource can be used as a guide. Simon Dougan, chef and owner of the Yellow Door has offered a prize to the winning entry.

Representatives from the winning class will be invited to visit the Yellow Door in Portadown to have lunch and see how popular their product is with customers.

To submit your entry, tell us in no more than 500 words:

  • Your new invention
  • How successful your enterprise was from start to finish
  • What you might do differently again (lessons learned)
  • Why you deserve to bring your idea to the Yellow Door Deli to make and sell it to their customers

Competition dates and guidelines

  • All submissions should be sent to by Friday 1 June 2018
  • Photographs can also be included in this entry
  • Competition Winners will be notified on Tuesday 5 June 2018
  • Representatives (up to 5 pupils) from the winning school to visit the Yellow Door Deli, Portadown on Tuesday 12 June 2018
  • Competition is only available to Primary schools in Northern Ireland.
  • Schools must be available on these dates and the prize is non-transferable.

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