The bread-making process is seen from start to finish at a small specialist bakery. The first stage is to mix the ingredients - water, flour, yeast and salt - to make the dough. The dough is then kneaded into different shapes and sizes to make round or stick loaves. Extra ingredients are added to the dough, such as seeds, olives, nuts or herbs, to add flavour to the basic bread. The unbaked bread dough is left in a 'prover' to allow it to rise, before being baked in a hot oven ready to be sent to the local market.
This clip can be used to clarify the steps and ingredients in the bread making process. Whilst this clip demonstrates bread production on a large scale, the principles can be simplified should the children wish to bake bread in class.To extend their thinking, children could be asked to anaylse or research what is happening scientifically at each stage of bread production. A possible activity could be for children to write both a recipe for baking bread and a scientific explanation about the bread baking process. This would give the children the opportunity to apply their knowledge to writing for two different purposes.