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Food Safety and Cooking in the Curriculum Training

As part of the school food plan in 2014, it is now a statutory requirement that all pupils in KS1, 2 and 3 have the opportunity to learn cooking skills in the design and technology curriculum. The main focus is on providing pupils with the skills needed to prepare nutritionally balanced, mainly savoury dishes. Cooking is an essential life skill that can start from a young age, providing children with the knowledge and confidence to use this skill to prepare nutritious meals in later life and to understand the role of a healthy balanced diet as part of their lifestyle.
It is important that we support schools to deliver cooking and nutrition in the curriculum with confidence and ensure they are equipped with the appropriate resources to help students meet the statutory requirements for each key stage set out in the design and technology curriculum.

This week, we delivered a food safety and cooking in the curriculum training course to a number of teachers, all eager to learn from various schools across the city. This was an all- day event that we were lucky enough to take place in Allerton CofE Primary’s fantastic and very well equipped school café where some pupils enjoy attending their breakfast and after-school clubs.
In the first half of the course, our attendees were taught the key principles of food safety and hygiene in order to serve and prepare food safety at their school and become equipped with the knowledge needed to pass their Level 1 food safety and hygiene exam, of course with lots of interactive and engaging activities to help their ability to recall during the multiple choice exam.

After a delicious (and of course, nutritionally balanced!) lunch, our teachers put their excellent hygiene practices to good use during our cooking in the curriculum training in the afternoon, learning some important theory and practicing the essential cooking techniques appropriate for each key stage group. The bridge and the claw chopping techniques were demonstrated to the rest of the class by some fantastic volunteers and our teachers were taught some easy and safe ways to start teaching much younger children to have and enjoy their first experience cooking at school.
Of course, their knowledge was put to good practice whilst creating some delicious recipes including low sugar banana and date muffins, nicoise salad, Greek salad and a fruity and vegetable couscous which everyone enjoyed tasting and discussing what would work in their own schools. Everyone has their own individual preferences and some stronger tasting recipes may need to be introduced more slowly in schools. All our attendees were able to take away a delegate pack at the end of the course to help support their lesson plans and provide them with some healthy and tasty recipe ideas to implement in their own practical cooking sessions.

For more information on our food safety and cooking in the curriculum teacher training courses, please contact: schoolwellbeing@leeds.gov.uk

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