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Lesson 6: Cheeses of Europe

Welcome to Lesson Plan 6: Cheese of Europe! Download the lesson plans for Infant, Junior and Senior classes below!

LESSON PLAN: Infant
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OBJECTIVE

To help pupils understand about the different types of cheeses from around Europe.
Duration: 30 minutes (approximately).

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WORDS OF THE DAY

Europe: A group of countries on the European continent (a very big area of land).
Travelled: Moved around.
Italians: People from Italy.

CLASSROOM DISCUSSION

Question Time

Discuss the following with your pupils:

1. Can you tell me anything you know about France or Italy?

2. Have you been on holidays to France or Italy?

3. How did you travel there?

4. Did you eat any French / Italian food?

5. Did you taste any cheese?

6. What was the cheese called?

7. Can you describe what it tasted like?

Cheese of Europe

People have been making cheese for a very long time in Europe. They learned different ways of making cheese as they travelled around from country to country. Here are two famous cheeses from Europe.

France – Brie

Brie is a type of cheese. It comes from a place called France. Brie is made from the milk of a cow. It is soft and yellow on the inside. It has a strong smell.

Italy – Parmesan

Parmesan comes from Italy. It’s a hard and dry cheese. It is made from cow’s milk too. Italians like to eat Parmesan cheese with pasta.


Activity

Class Activity

Ask your pupils to design a simple label for Brie or Parmesan cheese, on a piece of paper or in their copies.

Extension Activities

1. Create a class data chart of favourite types of European cheese e.g. Brie, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Cheddar.

2. Hold a ‘Cheeses of Europe’ taste sampling session.

3. Create a simple class story about a character called ‘Brie the French Cheese’. Encourage children to use descriptive words.


Bring It Home

How are your pupils getting involved?

See the website for suggested ways of encouraging your pupils to take home what they have learned about Cheeses of Europe. As a homework exercise, you can ask your pupils to:

1. Draw a picture of their favourite type of cheese.

2. Find out the types of cheese their parents like to eat.

3. Draw a picture of the French or Italian flag.

LESSON PLAN: Junior
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OBJECTIVE

To help pupils understand about the different types of cheeses from around Europe.
Duration: 30 minutes (approximately).

CIRRICULAR LINKS

WORDS OF THE DAY

Europe: A group of countries on the European continent (a very big area of land).
Traditions: The way a group of people have normally done things for a long time.
Produced: To have made something.

CLASSROOM DISCUSSION

Question Time

Discuss the following with your pupils:

  1. Where is Europe?
  2. What does ‘European’ mean?
  3. Can you name a European country?
  4. Have you ever visited a European country?
  5. Can you name any foods from a European country?
  6. Have you tasted any foods from a European country?
  7. Can you name any cheeses of Europe which you’ve tasted?

Cheeses of Europe

It’s thought that the making of cheese dates back to more than 4000 years ago. By the time of the Roman Empire, making cheese was already an important business in Europe. As people moved around from country to country they brought their own cheese-making traditions with them.

Cheese is very popular in France, Spain and Italy. Here are three famous cheeses from these countries.

France – Brie

Brie is a soft cheese which comes from the Brie area of Northern France. It is made from cow’s milk. Brie is soft, creamy and yellow on the inside. It has a very strong smell. People have been making Brie for over a thousand years.

Spain – Manchego

Manchego is a hard cheese which comes from the ‘La Mancha’ area of Spain. It has been produced there for thousands of years. Manchego is golden in colour and is made from sheep’s milk.

Italy – Parmesan

Parmesan is probably Italy’s most famous cheese. It comes from the Parma area of Italy. It’s a hard, dry cheese which is often grated and usually eaten with pasta dishes. It is made from cow’s milk.


Activity

Cheeses of Europe

Ask your pupils, in groups, to read about the ‘Cheeses of Europe’ on the Cheeses of Europe Group Worksheet. Ask them to discuss each question on the worksheet in their groups. Ask the groups to report back to the class and have a whole class discussion.

Did You Know?

Milk, yogurt and cheese are important sources of calcium, a mineral needed for healthy bones and teeth. (Refer to Lesson Plan 1, ‘Healthy Eating’).

Class Activity

Create a class map ‘Cheeses of Europe’ pinpointing France, Spain and Italy with their corresponding cheese and flag. You can include other details too e.g. the capital of each country, other typical food from these countries. You can also try to find out about other famous cheeses from these or other European countries and mark them on your class map, too.

Extension Activities

  1. Create a class data chart of favourite types of European cheese.
  2. Hold a ‘Cheeses of Europe’ taste sampling session.
  3. Find out about the history of cheese in France, Italy or Spain.
  4. Do a class project about cheeses of Europe e.g. Cheese Rolling Festival in England; the word for cheese in different languages i.e. France – fromage, Italy – formagio, Spain – queso; cheeses which are named after places in Europe e.g. Gruyeres and Emmental in Switzerland.

Bring It Home

How are your pupils getting involved?

See the website for suggested ways of encouraging your pupils to take home what they have learned about Cheeses of Europe. As a homework exercise, you can ask your pupils to:

  1. Write about their favourite type of cheese.
  2. Create a family data chart to show which cheeses of Europe are most popular at home.
  3. Design a simple advertisement for Brie, Manchego or Parmesan cheese.
LESSON PLAN: Senior
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OBJECTIVE

To help pupils understand about the different types of cheeses from around Europe.
Duration: 30 minutes (approximately).

CIRRICULAR LINKS

WORDS OF THE DAY

European: Anything relating to Europe or its people.
Pasturised Milk: Milk which has been heated to a high temperature for a short time (e.g. 72 degrees Celsius for 15 seconds) and then cooled really quickly.
Brine: A solution of salt and water.
Carbon Dioxide: A gas which is produced when animals breathe out or when some fuels are burned and which is taken in by plants during photosynthesis.

CLASSROOM DISCUSSION

Question Time

Discuss the following with your pupils:

1. What does ‘European’ mean?
2. Name some European countries.
3. Can you name any traditional European foods?
4. Have you tasted any traditional European foods?
5. Can you name any cheeses of Europe which you
know of or have tasted?

Cheeses of Europe

It’s thought that the making of cheese dates back to
more than 4000 years ago. By the time of the Roman Empire the production of cheese was already an important business in Europe. As people moved around to different countries, they brought their own cheesemaking traditions with them.

France – Brie
Brie is a soft cheese which comes from the Brie region in Northern France. It’s made from cow’s milk and is soft, creamy and yellow on the inside with a strong smell. People have been making Brie for over a thousand years.

Spain – Manchego
Manchego is a hard cheese which comes from the
‘La Mancha’ region of Spain. It has been produced
there for thousands of years. Manchego is golden in
colour and is made from sheep’s milk.

Italy – Parmesan
Parmesan is probably Italy’s most famous cheese. It
comes from the Parma region of Italy. It’s a hard, dry cheese which is often grated and usually eaten with pasta dishes. It’s made from cow’s milk.

Holland – Gouda
Gouda is a semi-hard cheese which comes from the city of Gouda in Holland but it is now made all over the world. It’s a yellow cheese with a waxy rind on the outside. It is usually made from pasteurised cow’s milk but sometimes it can be made from goat’s or sheep’s milk.

Greece – Feta
Feta cheese comes from mainland Greece. It is one of the main ingredients in traditional Greek Salad. It is a soft white cheese which is made from sheep or goat’s milk. It is a crumbly cheese with a salty taste. Making Feta takes a long time as it needs to be kept in brine for at least a few months.

Switzerland – Emmental
Emmental is a semi-hard Swiss cheese which is named after the Emmental Valley in Switzerland. It is yellow with large holes and a thin rind. The holes appear because of the bubbles of carbon dioxide which are created when the cheese is being made. Emmental is made from cow’s milk.


Activity

Cheese of Europe

Show your pupils a map of Europe or draw a map on the board. Ask your pupils to point out the following countries: France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Greece and Switzerland.
Ask them to read about the ‘Cheeses of Europe’ on the ‘Cheeses of Europe’ worksheet. Discuss as a class. Then ask your pupils to answer the questions.

Did you Know?

Milk, yogurt and cheese are important sources of calcium, a mineral needed for healthy bones and teeth. (Refer to Lesson Plan 1, ‘Healthy Eating’).

Class Activity

Ask your pupils to draw a map of Europe on an A4 page or in their copies. Ask them to pinpoint all the countries mentioned in the ‘Cheeses of Europe’ worksheet and to create a fact box at each point. The fact box could contain details of: the capital city, the country’s flag, typical cheese of the country, other typical food from the country. Pupils can also try to find out about other famous cheeses from these or other European countries and include them on their
map, too.

Extension Activities

1. Create a class data chart of favourite types of European cheese.
2. Hold a ‘Cheeses of Europe’ taste sampling session.
3. Write about the history of cheese in France, Italy or Spain.
4. Do a class project about Cheeses of Europe e.g. Cheese Rolling Festival in England; the word for cheese in different languages i.e. France – fromage, Italy – formagio, Spain – queso; cheeses which are named after places in Europe e.g. Gruyeres and Emmental in Switzerland.
5. Ask your pupils in groups, to create a television advertisement for one of the European cheeses through a simple drama activity.


Bring It Home

How are your pupils getting involved?

See the website for suggested ways of encouraging your pupils to take home what they have learned about Cheeses of Europe.

As a homework exercise, you can ask your pupils to:

1. Write about their favourite type of cheese.
2. Create a family data chart to show which cheeses of Europe are most popular at home.
3. Design a simple advertisement for one of the European cheeses.

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