We're busy planning for our Healthy Breakfast, which takes place on Thursday 31 May.
During that week, all children will be making bread rolls, granola, fruit salad and smoothies, and on the morning of 31st parents are invited to come to school for 8.30 am so that they can enjoy breakfast with their children.
In fact, looking at the calendar, it will be a very healthy week - we have sports day, County tag rugby finals, football and netball matches (not to mention the regular Wednesday afternoon swimming session).
We do have lovely parents here at Potterhanworth! Over the Easter holiday, one of our dads (and his friend) built us a wonderful raised bed. Although we have our allotment, there is very little space to grow anything within the school grounds - somehow, they have managed to shoe-horn a large raised bed onto the strip of grass at the front of the playground!
At the moment, it is a box full of soil (hence no photos) - however, once the children have worked their magic and planted their seeds, we will be proudly displaying photographs of the results of their hard work.
We are all delighted with the rain over the past few days - we hope it is enough to ensure a good harvest this year (for ourselves and the many farmers in and around our village)
Sustainable Schools' Showcase
Our Eco Group and pupils from Year 5 visited the Sustainable Schools' Showcase at the Epic Centre - what a fantastic day they had!
The sausage and mash lunch went down a treat with everyone and a really valuable and enjoyable day was had by all
Not only did we get the chance to make our own sausages, we also came back full of enthusiasm for Lunar Planting. Our allotment guru is currently familiarising herself with this system ready for forthcoming planning sessions for this season's crops (she doesn't want to get caught on the hop - the children certainly seem to know their stuff)
The intention at the moment is to plant half of the plants and seeds as normal, and the other half using the Lunar system. This way we will see which gives the best results - it's just a question of what to plant . . . .
Children are giving thought to what we might cook later in the year, and want to grow some interesting vegetables for that.
Article for "The Scoop"
We were asked to write an item for inclusion in the next edition of The Scoop - here it is:
OUR ‘FOOD FOR LIFE’ EXPERIENCE SO FAR
We are late-comers to the Food For Life Partnership, but now that we have finally got ‘stuck in’ we wish we’d done it many months ago!
Children, staff, parents and governors were all thrilled when we heard that we had achieved Silver standard – we are now all very enthusiastic about ‘going for Gold’ and have lots planned for the coming year, for example:
- In term 5, during Science Week, we will be focusing on healthy eating, discussing what athletes eat and why, making a healthy breakfast (including granola, wholemeal bread and fruit smoothies)
- Children will be making their own pure fruit ice lollies to enjoy after Sports Day
- All children will cook with their school ‘buddies’
- We are planning a parent and child cookery club
- Our allotment continues to thrive under the care of our gardening club – children are looking forward to planning this year’s crops, using their harvested produce for cookery club and a ‘soup day’ later in the year
We are so pleased that this programme, as well as being very easy and accessible, actually does relate to what we are doing in school. By simply tweaking and revisiting the things we already do, we found that we were fulfilling the criteria for the Silver award. Everyone is thrilled to have recognition for their hard work.
Over the past year, children have enjoyed many opportunities to cook in school, visit a local farm, work on their allotment and plan a harvesting and cooking day at the home of our chair of governors (to name but a few!)
Our new school meal provider, The Farm Kitchen, ensure that all of our meals are nutritious and delicious, and children will confirm that they really do warrant their prestigious Gold award! Our numbers have increased by almost 50% already.
New Year, new beginnings!
We have had a really positive start to the new year. The news that we now have our Food for Life Silver Award has encouraged us to work hard to achieve our Gold - as I write this, the smell of healthy option pizzas is wafting from the kitchen: our Hummingbird Class have been busy planning and making these this week.
Our new school meal providers, The Farm Kitchen, have made the transition very easy - and the on-line ordering system means I now have so much time on my hands that I am in danger of boring you all with too many blogs!
So far, the feedback on meals has been extremely positive - I watched yesterday as several children took advantage of a third portion of roast beef and all the trimmings!
Our "Come Dine With Us" opportunity for parents is booked for Chinese New Year on 23 January, so we hope to have lots of pictures to share after that
Happy New Year everyone.