This week, pupils from our Learn Your Fruits and Vegetables pilot school, St.Ann’s CE Primary in Rainhill, made three of our tasty recipes using both our Banana and Leek resources. Reception children learnt how to use a knife safely when making their own nice and simple fresh fruit platters, whilst Year 3 worked together in groups to make our banana bread recipe. The pupils clearly enjoyed themselves, with one saying that "It was the best lesson we’ve ever had, like ever!” Altogether they had 120 children cooking in one afternoon! Their teacher said that despite the lesson presenting a few challenges, such as a huge lack of chopping boards, with a little teacher imagination and improvisation, the children were able to learn how to use knives safely, carefully weigh out ingredients and use a little elbow grease to blend the mixtures together!
The Year 5 children were then put to work in the school kitchen making our leek and potato soup that was served up with the school lunches the following day-this went down a storm! We hear that the whole school was buzzing with children wishing to try the soup that had been made by their friends. Furthermore, their teacher put out copies of the soup recipe for children to take and make with their family at home. Even the teachers got in on the act!
It is great to hear of one of our pilot schools getting so many of their pupils involved in one lesson-I think 120 children might be a record! We look forward to see what St.Ann’s Rainhill will get up to during their next cooking extravaganza!