“I really liked trying all these foods. I didn’t even know what some of them were called until today.” Pupil, North Denes
Our Food Discovery programmes are tailored to the needs of each individual school and take place over an academic year. Our Coordinator will usually work with one year group, per school, for the whole year. The number of sessions may vary, depending on the needs of the school, but will typically comprise:
6 x growing sessions: Children learn how to sow, transplant and care for a variety of different crops in different situations (raised beds, pots and buckets).
3 x cooking sessions: Children learn to cook several different dishes and have the opportunity to taste new things using seasonal and local produce.
1 x farm visit: Children visit a real, working farm and spend some time getting to know the farmer and learning about what a farmer's life is like. We help them to see the connection between the countryside, farming and the food they eat.
1 x playground market: Children run a mini farmers' market at school for parents. They conduct research to decide what will sell best. Having promoted the market, the children order the produce they wish to sell, weigh it out, price it and sell it!
1 x local 'Food Hero' session: A local farmer or food producer comes to school to talk about the work they do (and hopefully bring samples to taste and touch!).
1 x learning journal session: Children reflect on what they have learnt and experienced. They keep journals with photos, notes, pictures and keepsakes.
1 x Harvest Feast: At the end of the year, pupils harvest the fruit and vegetables they have grown and cook them up to share a feast together!
This programme costs from £4,000 but we can supplement school budgets with our own fundraising, in order to make as many programmes as possible a reality.
“An amazing opportunity and one the children will absolutely remember. It helps brings classroom learning together in a fun, educational way." Paula Drakard, Thomas Hickman Primary
Our Food Discovery programme is aimed at primary schools with a higher than average perentage of children eligible for Free School Meals. We also work with Nurture Groups, PRUs, Young Carers, SEN/D schools or other groups supporting disadvantaged chidlren.