We produce a lot of organic and healthy food in our allotments and Growing Classroom so have called upon the expertise of creative partners to support us in developing a healthy attitude and approach to food. We use no pesticides or chemicals on our school allotments, instead choosing to make bird scarers and encourage wildlife such as ants, spiders and frogs.
We have worked with Gaynor to set up a large herb garden as well as learning how to make nettle soup with David Hunt of Native Eyes Bushcraft. In addition we have worked extensively with Matty Brown, a local chef, who has worked with our children to teach healthy practices with preparing and cooking food.
Above: Matty Brown working with children in Year 2 using fresh and healthy produce
We also promote healthy eating through cooking activities across the curriculum. For example, in Year 2 children make ‘Lord Woolton Pie’ with rationed ingredients from the school gardens when learning about the Second World War and in Year 5 children make healthy Greek salads when learning about Ancient Greece. In addition we also run two successful gardening and cooking clubs. Kitchen Garden Club has been running for three years in KS1 and uses ingredients grown from the garden in healthy recipes. We are also currently promoting a ‘Greener Grub’ Challenge through Eco Council.
In addition to this we have also worked with members of the migrant community to develop an understanding of healthy cuisine. This allowed our children to understand different ways of preparing food in differnt cultures.
Above: Children in Year 2 working together to make ‘Lord Woolton Pie’ and children in reception working with a guest from Burma
Over the coming months we will be placing recipes that we make in school on the Food and Recipes area of this website.
Above: Matty Brown demonstrating how to make baked vegetable tortilla during a cooking workshop