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Promoting Healthy, Local Food in Schools

Category: Education

Date: 11.02.2014

Time: 14.38

The Environmental Education team here at PECT is very pleased to announce the beginning of an exciting new project in select Peterborough schools. Love Local in Schools is a pilot programme designed to deliver a variety of healthy eating lessons in Key Stage 2 classrooms, providing additional resources to help schools sustainably carry forward the message of healthy living. The PECT team, supported by Public Health, will deliver a variety of lessons on seasonal eating, making healthy food choices, and developing basic cooking skills.

Our exciting topics include interactive and hands-on learning about things like food miles, introducing pupils to the seasonal UK food calendar to encourage pupils to start thinking about locally grown food. Students will get a chance to explore different flavours and textures, learning about reading food labels and how to prepare simple recipes from scratch.

While many of our lessons will be carried out in the classroom, Love Local in Schools will be also delivered in as many dynamic environments as possible, carrying out lessons outdoors to encourage pupils and parents to get to know some of our amazing local resources. To keep things interesting, we’ll be working up an appetite by cycling with some schools to a local picnic area at a wildlife reserve or country park. We’ll also be having lessons on growing food at community allotments like the Green Backyard or going on foraging walks in area woodlands with a wild food expert. We’re excited to be working with amazing local food providers, like touring Moor Farm in Newborough, and using the excellent food and farming resources available at the East of England Showground – all resources that help children understand the journey food makes from farm to fork.

We’ve also got fantastic individual cookbooks for each participating child; pupils will be adding recipes we’ve prepared in class as well as coming up with some of their own ideas! To top it all off, we’ve got fresh organic produce to prepare from Woodlands Farm for the duration of the project.
Our first sessions have already been met with much enthusiasm and excitement by the children! We will continue to carry out our lessons from now through summer term.

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