Making lunchtimes special at Sandfield Close Primary School
At Food for Life we love to see the innovative approaches many schools take to food education, one of the schools that have been doing exciting things recently is Sandfield Close Primary School in Leicester. This school considers lunchtimes to be a time for learning and use it as an opportunity to teach socialisation skills, organisational skills and practical skills. Year 6 are event given extra responsibilities and take it in turns to be lunchtime helpers to the cook and kitchen staff. The school goes the extra mile to create a great dining experience, as care staff decorate the school hall, dining room and sports hall throughout the year.
On top of all this great work, Sandfield Close Primary School has also been getting involved in the Food for Life Better Care programme, forging intergenerational links with the local community thanks to Big Lottery funding. The school has invited local Grandma’s in to the school to join pupils at lunchtime. They have been eating with reception children and helping with their knife and fork skills. It has been fantastic to see the positive impact this has had on the children, helping to improve their motor skills, food choices and socialisation. For the youngest pupils the new dining experience can sometimes feel overwhelming, however the presence of the Grandma’s has helped make them feel more comfortable in the dining hall.
There are lots of exciting plans at Sandfield Close Primary School to make the most of these intergenerational links. The Grandma’s are even going to receive training to deliver cooking across the curriculum! Watch this space for more information about exciting developments on this project.