It’s time for your SEND students to start developing some life skills. Starting with cooking.

Too many students with SEND who transition from secondary school to college and beyond haven’t developed the life skill of preparing meals, which can be something of a problem later down the line. And not just in relation to their eating habits, but also to their safety in the kitchen.

Indeed, with support and guidance, your SEND students can learn how to prepare meals (safely), just like anyone else.

Which is why SEN Press has devised an activity pack entitled ‘Simple Meals’ which contains a series of simple narratives exploring the different situations in which young people may be required to put their kitchen skills to the test.

The Simple Meals Activity Pack, which supports the ASDAN Transition Challenge and Towards Independence Life Skills courses, is suitable for students aged between 14 and 19 with SEN and a reading age of around seven, and consists of:

– Four story books: “Breakfast in Bed”, “Lunch for Guests”, “Packed Lunch” and “Tea”. These are not instructional cookery books, but descriptions of everyday situations in which young people have to prepare simple meals themselves.

– A CD-ROM providing electronic versions of the above titles, making it ideal for interactive whiteboard presentations and for students who would also benefit from listening to the text. It is also possible to edit and save the text to make your own story, create differentiated texts, and personalise the text with your students’ names to enhance engagement.

– An extensive range of activity worksheets and interactive activities which look more closely at practical skills and safety issues around preparing hot and cold food. Activities include: Words & Pictures, Picture Search, Keyword Flashcards, Wordsearch, Spot the Difference and How Well Did You Read?.

– Supporting resources for teachers including page-by-page notes for all the stories and assessment resources (feedback sheets and student record sheets).

The complete set of resources containing two copies of each of the six readers, the complete teacher book of notes and worksheets, and the CD Rom is available for £99 plus VAT.  Individual elements from the pack are also available separately.

You can find more information and see sample pages from the readers, and details for ordering individual items as well as the full pack, on our ‘Simple Meals’ web page.

If you have any questions or need more information, please email  or call 01582 833205.  We’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Janie Nicholas