Cooking in the Curriculum
Cooking has become part of the curriculum to teach children about the fundamentals of healthy eating and the skills required in the process of cooking. We understand that cookery is a lifelong skill, and that mastering its basics will enable children to be independent and healthy in adult life. Some of the delicious recipes they have already produced in class, have included; Pizza, Shepherd’s Pie, and hot crossed buns!
The New National Curriculum, introduced in September 2014, stresses the importance of ‘instilling a love of cooking in pupils from a young age’ and introduces a formal spiral of skills that must now be taught in all schools. In response to this, we aim to teach cookery, in dedicated sessions, at least once a term. The new lessons will ensure a steady development of skills, as the children progress through school. At the end of each session, the children will have learnt a new skill, but will also have made something scrumptious, which the whole family can then enjoy at home.
The children will be taught in small groups and there are risk assessments in place. A list of allergens is available that we always take into consideration before any cooking session can proceed. This list is available for parents on the website. Your child’s class teacher will also be happy to talk to you about any special requirements, so everyone can be fully included in these sessions.
The government has provided no additional funding for this new area of the curriculum, and the cost of ingredients and containers in which the food can be safely transported home will be significant. We are therefore kindly asking parents to support school with a voluntary contribution of £1 for each session, i.e. £3.00 a year. This addition to the school’s allocation to this area will ensure a really high quality experience for the children.