What is Food for Life?
Food for Life brings schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, and their surrounding communities together around the core ethos of healthy, tasty and sustainable food. The programme is about more than just food on the plate; it considers where food comes from and how it’s grown, cooked and experienced.
The School Award takes a whole school approach that means we will grow our own food; organise trips to farms; source food from local producers; set up school farmers’ markets; hold community food events; provide cooking and growing clubs for pupils and their families; serve freshly prepared, well-sourced meals and provide an attractive dining environment so lunchtimes are a positive feature of the school day. You can find out more information about the Food for Life award at foodforlife.org.uk as well as recipe's by Jamie Oliver who has been a big part of the food for life campaign.
I am pleased to announce that we have achieved our Food for Life bronze award. This was achieved in record breaking time! and I would like to thank children, staff, parents and volunteers from our school community who together have contributed to our success.
Food Revolution day - Friday 19th May
Children in school will spend the day actively involved in all things food! They will grow, cook, recycle, look at where our food comes from as well as how to keep ourselves healthy and active. Demonstrations will also take place in the main hall where we will be inviting parents and grandparents to join their child in these activities. Information will follow shortly.
The School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG Group)
The SNAG group consists of representatives from the whole school community including pupils, parents, staff, governors, lunchtime supervisors and local community group members. They meet approximately once a term to discuss objectives for the school relating to food for life and well-being of pupils.
They are responsible for running special events in school and competitions and highlighting the importance of living healthily and protecting the environment. The potting event and recycling competitions are our first events and we will keep you updated of news and events as they are arranged. We would like to encourage as many people across our whole school community to join us in reaching our objectives and we feel our children will benefit greatly from the experiences they will have academically and socially and will equip them with vital life skills for the future.
Last term the SNAG led an assembly about apples! and challenged each class to list 30 different uses for apples. The fastest responses, per year group enjoyed a prize of apple pie and custard.
The winning classes were, Mrs Corley/ Mrs Reid, Miss Shreeve and Mr Roper.
Our potting day was a huge success and was enjoyed by children, parents and staff! There were approximately 500 seeds planted on that day and we are beginning to see some huge plants already. We would like to thank all those who attended and here are some pictures from the day.
The parents and relatives of our year 6 children have had the opportunity to join us for lunch in our new-look dining hall. Some of these new features include table cloths, flowers and cutlery holders on the table. We have also introduced a salad kart, new dessert bar and waste trolleys. We have also provided more information about healthy eating and food provenance. This has made the atmosphere a lot more enjoyable for pupils as well as promoting their independence. The salad cart is very popular with the pupils and we have already included foods that have been grown in our own garden.
The gardeners are a group of about 15 children that work closely with the SNAG group to grow food that is needed either in the school hall, for events or for cooking in the classroom. Two weeks before Christmas they started clearing up the garden and planting some seeds. They have made unbelievable progress and have worked together to achieve some great results.
The gardeners have been continuing to plant as many varieties of vegetables as they can and after coming back from their holidays were astonished to see results of their efforts.
We have plans to create a willow fence, plant many more flowers and vegetables, create a water feature, make wind chimes and much more to further enhance our garden.
Whats going on in the garden?
February - planted a variety of herbs in and flowers in pots. Planted potatoes.
January - tidying and cleaning garden, weeding.
Before Christmas - New raised bed constructed and onions and garlic planted.
As part of our commitment to healthier living and better dining experiences we have introduced some new items at lunchtime. We now have tablecloths on the tables as well as flowers and cutlery holders. We have new plates, cups and bowls that replace the dated flight trays. There is a salad cart where children can choose a selection of additional healthy items to supplement their dinner, which we hope to fill with our own grown vegetables soon! Many children looked visibly shocked when they first walked in to the hall and one child remarked "it's like a cafe". We are looking forward to themed lunches and will be inviting parents in for lunch soon.
Over the past few weeks, Mrs Hammonds in the office has been in charge of spawning the mushrooms and keeping them warm, fed and watered to encourage them to grow.
This careful nurturing has resulted in the first mushroom growing to 12½ cm in diameter and 13½cm in length. This has now been picked and will be on the salad cart shortly.