Food for Life Partnership (www.foodforlife.org.uk)
Our school has achieved the Silver Award with the Food for Life Partnership and we were made a Flagship School with them. We are now working towards the very challenging Gold Award. Food for Life encourages schools to change their whole school food culture with an emphasis on healthy eating and growing and cooking activities. We have very strong support from the North Lincolnshire Schools Catering Service and our excellent school cook Mrs Seeley. Her meals are enjoyed every day by about 75% to 80% of our children. Our dining experience has been enhanced through our refurbished kitchen, new tables and chairs and tablecloths, as well as attractive plates and dishes. We believe a good meal in the middle of the day enhances learning and good behaviour. Gardening and cooking feature prominently in our school.
We lead a Learning Network of eight local primary schools which is developing Food Based Activities to help to motivate pupils and engage them and their parents through cooking and growing. Already in the first year schools are having great success. We all benefit from the work of John Hickling, an expert horticulturalist based in Beverley, who leads gardening activities in all the schools and provides CPD for the staff. John has become a great friend to all the schools. Recently he has shown us how to create Christmas wreaths using willow and greenery from the garden.
Our garden has developed over the past three to four years and was originally featured by John Cavill at the NEC Gardener’s World Show: see this link: http://www.simplygardening.co.uk/gardenersworld2009.htm.
We also engage with Study Heslam, who help to support Family Learning, in which parents and pupils work together on cooking and ICT activities.
These photographs show some of the many aspects of our work which is always developing. We hope all parents will consider helping us either in the garden or in cooking activities.