Our young adults in Class 12 have been preparing for the transition towards leaving Turney School by attending weekly sessions at the Clapham campus of Lambeth College. Our main practical focus during these sessions is food tech and cooking. Far greater life skills and benefits are achieved however during our weekly visits. The college encourages Year 12 to become more independent as young adults. It is also a great taster for next year, with many of our young adults considering enrolment at Lambeth College.
Our sessions usually start with an informal chat with Caroline, our class tutor at the college. Individual targets are set with each pupil. These are worked out on what we want to achieve as pupils, and what Caroline thinks will help to improve our teamwork. You can listen to some of these targets being read out by our Class 12 pupils in the podcast below.
The main focus for the food tech session is then set out. This is broken down into planning, cooking, washing up and then concluding with a review of our targets.
A tasty green Thai curry was on the menu for this particular visit. We started off by brainstorming as a group some of the ingredients that we thought we might need. Working as a team, our pupils came up with onions, coconut milk, garlic, ginger, lime, lemon grass, coriander and chicken.
We then planned what kitchen equipment would be needed – a saucepan, a bowl, a knife, a chopping board and a mixing bowl. Caroline outlined the cooking process. It is important for our pupils to be able to listen to the instructions, and then carry out the task independently, and in sequence. With all of our young chefs now feeling confident, the time had arrived to start cooking!
First of all we chopped up the vegetables, and then fried the chicken with some sauce. The vegetables were then added into the mix, as well as the coconut milk. Each pupil had thought carefully first about their own unique taste preferences. We varied the levels of ingredients accordingly.
With the curry left to stew for a short while, our multi-tasking pupils remained focused and started on the washing up. The food tech kitchen at Lambeth College now had a delightful Thai curry smell starting to circulate. Expectation was high!
With the curry ready to eat, we carried out a small food tasting session. Each pupil evaluated the exercise, assessing whether their individual targets had been met, and more importantly, did the curry taste nice! We had no complaints on the cooking front. Caroline kindly agreed that the class targets had also been obtained. A couple of our class members talk more about the Lambeth College experience in the podcast below.
Many thanks to Lambeth College, and especially Caroline for all of her tutorial guidance. Some of our pupils are already planning attend the college next year, to continue their transition towards independence. We are proud to present a short photo gallery of the afternoon below.