Rob Baker, 32 from Fareham, is a teacher at Cowplain Infant School, near Waterlooville.

With schools closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Mr Baker wanted to provide his students with a fun way to learn.

Thanks to his passion for pastry making, he created a cooking masterclass on YouTube, incorporating some of the subjects studied by his 2nd year students.

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Rob Baker, second grade teacher at Cowplain Infant School. Image: Supplied

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He said: “I really want to share my love of baking with children – I have fond memories of baking with my grandmother and my aunt when I was a kid.

“But now a lot of people haven’t had the same experience and the skills aren’t always there.

“Doing stuff around the house, especially given the current state of the country, is a great way to stay indoors and learn something new.”

For his first YouTube video, Mr. Baker introduced his students to vanilla cupcakes, one of his favorite recipes.

While he wants to make his learning ‘fun’, he is also keen to make sure students stay on track academically.

He said: “There are still elements of this that incorporate school subjects.

“You have the calculations of the measurements, and I’m going to have them write down what they did as well.

“But at the same time, I want the kids and their parents to have fun together while they’re at home.”

Mr. Baker joined Cowplain Infant School at the start of the school year.

In the past he taught at Victory Elementary School in Paulsgrove.

As his YouTube educational series begins to take off, he hopes more people will consider learning a new skill during the coronavirus lockdown.

He said: “Programs like Great British Bake Off have encouraged more people to get into baking, but now is the best time to learn something new.

“It’s my biggest hobby, but it’s easily something that can be translated into the classroom – I can’t wait to see all of the students’ results. “


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