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Schools across England are using food as a way to improve their whole school experience - making lunchtimes a positive feature of the day and enriching classroom learning with farm visits and practical cooking and growing.
Cowes Primary School, Isle of Wight
In November our ‘design a sausage’ competition was launched. The children were asked to think of creative sausage flavours and ingredients. Steve Doe from Island Foods and the Head Chefs from The Hamborough, Darren Beevers & Oliver Stephens were invited into school to judge the entries. The best two entries form each year group went through to the final. From these fourteen, the top three were announced.
Alex Churcher – Pork, chilli and pumpkin
Joshua Wilkinson Russell – Veal, wild mushroom and garlic
Lucus Stevens – Turkey and cranberry.
One of the prizes was a visit to Island Foods to see their sausages being made and sold to the general public. We were all able to taste these sausages and they were absolutely delicious.
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Tuesday 18th March was our Sausage Day. We celebrated this by serving our delicious award winning turkey and cranberry sausage to the children, parents and staff. Our parents were invited to come in and eat with their children. 42 parents joined us and contributed to the 230 dinners served. Steve Doe our meat supplier and judge of the sausage competition made the sausages for our day and came in to help serve the children and adults.
Some of the comments from the children and parents on the day;
‘The best sausages I have ever tasted’
‘These sausages are very yummy’
‘Where can we buy them?’
On Tuesday 25th March, Cowes Primary School hosted a Mother’s Day lunch. The menu included balsamic beef and mushrooms. The beef was supplied from Kemphill farm, Havenstreet on the Isle of Wight. This is sold to us via Steve Doe at Island foods. The lunch was a huge success and was enjoyed by 50 mothers and their children, in total 240 dinners were served. We are hoping Father’s Day will also be a great success.
“I have had such a lovely lunch, it’s so nice to have the opportunity to spend my lunch with my daughter”
Brownsover Community Infant School, Warwickshire
Today Chrissie from Rugby Borough Council came to school to help advise us about our new vegetable patch and orchard. She has given us lots of advice and encouragement of how to achieve our aims.
We have been so lucky to have had volunteers from an outside learning froup at Warwickshire College who have helped us do some of the harder digging and removing shrubs and trees.
Our dream continues....
Nettleham Infant School, Lincolnshire
Today the children spent time preparing for our Farmer's Market. Each class has been given a budget of £20 to run their stall and hopefully raise some funds for our Sensory Garden and Vegetable Garden areas.
Reception have made cheese scones and cheese straws.
Year 1 have made chocolate truffles, florentines and rocky road.
Year 2 have made herb oils and fruit vinegars.
Everyone is getting very excited and looking forward to a successful afternoon.
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