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Thornton achieves silver!

 

At Thornton Primary School we are proud to be a silver food for life school. To achieve this there were 17 criteria we had to meet, some of these and how we met them are outlined below:

  • Working alongside parents to discourage unhealthy snacks or lunchbox content. Children at Thornton are encouraged to eat fruit/vegetables for their snacks at play time and we have had a lunchbox audit done in school.
  • Inviting parents into school to eat with our pupils- we invite parents/grandparents into school once a term to allow them to join our pupils for lunch.
  • Not using flight trays; we use plates and bowls for our meals rather than the flight trays.
  • Enabling the children to build skills and knowledge progressively over key stage one and two; teachers plan for cooking activities based on a progression map that outlines the skills and knowledge needed.
  • Incorporate seasonal, local and organic ingredients into our cooking curriculum.
  • Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs organically at school.
  • Use the produce from the school garden to cook at least once a term.
  • Explore ethical and environmental issues around food choices.
  • A visit to a working farm; We love to visit Manor Farm in Long Whatton once a year to see how a real farm works.
  • A visit from a small local food business; we enjoyed the visit from the Bee Keeper learning about his calendar year, and seeing some of the equipment he uses.
  • Actively encourage our pupils and parents to grow and cook their own produce at home; the children have the opportunity to take recipes home after making them in school.

 

We are now working towards our Gold food for life award.

EYFS Parent Lunch February 2019

Warburtons Visit with Year 1 and 2

 

On Thursday 7th February Warburtons came to visit us in school. We began the morning with an introduction to the Warburtons business including its history and the different roles within the company. Did you know? Although there are over 4500 employees within the company and they deliver to England, Wales and Scotland, there are only 12 Warburtons factories. Another amazing fact was that they produce 8000 loaves of bread an hour!

 

After the introduction, the children removed their jewellery, put on their hair nets and aprons and washed their hands. The first job was to prepare the vegetables ready for their delicious sandwiches. The children had to cut peppers, tomatoes and cucumber before deciding what they wanted to put in their sandwich. The children got stuck into making their sandwiches and really enjoyed the part at the end when Mrs Woodhouse said they could eat any left overs on their table, making ‘lettuce sandwiches’.

 

We then went back to the classroom to see the inside footage of how bread is made. The video followed the process from start to finish and was really very interesting! It only takes 21 minutes to bake a loaf of bread, but 2 and a half hours to cool it. Mrs Woodhouse also talked to the children about food groups and making healthy choices.

 

The children were given four pieces of bread to explore using their senses, before playing a describing game to decide which one would be eaten first.

Fruit & Muesli Breakfast Pots - today Year 3 made healthy Fruit & Muesli Breakfast Pots using skills such as using scales, beating ingredients together, using a lemon squeezer and chopping. We talked about making food healthy choices.

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