HANDS ON REAL LIFE LEARNING: A CROSS CURRICULAR THANK YOU!
Since last year, our Year 3 children have taken on the responsibility of offering a special thank you celebration for volunteers who help us in school…and there are a lot of them. This has enabled us to work towards our Food for Life Award, in partnership with the Soil Association. Year 3 have also taken advice from local restaurants in order to run the afternoon as smoothly as possible.
This year, using vegetables and fruit grown in our own grounds (which we link to our science work), the children prepared a delectable three course meal. Year 4 helped out by cooking flavoursome tomato soup. Mrs Musgrove, who with the help of her gardening club is our chief horticulturalist, was very relieved that the tomatoes were being used. She said, “We were desperate to use them up because we had a very good crop this year!” The children made homemade bread for the ploughman’s lunch main course and pudding was apple crumble, which of course contained our delicious apples.
Visitors who attended were wowed by the children’s poise as they waited on tables. One visitor said, “I feel very emotional. The children are just exceptional. They have organised this so professionally. I love the songs they have sung to entertain us as well. The food is delicious”.
Year 3 teachers agreed that it was very hard work and a lot of organisation, but worth it.
“The rich cross curricular opportunities meant children were using their maths skills, science skills, literacy and food technology skills to name but a few”, Mrs Templeton enthused.
Mr Dalton added, “I’ve seen children really grow in confidence through this project and the fact it is so purposeful has meant that children have worked extra hard.”
The school is working towards an award from The Food for Life Initiative.