Case study: The Oval Primary School, Birmingham
The children of the Oval Primary School in Birmingham organised and took part part a variety of activities to learn about food and celebrate the harvest in 2014.
There has been much going on at the school allotment. A variety of potatoes were planted; Edzell Blues, King Edward and salad potatoes along with red and brown onions, fruit and other root vegetables.
Year Three pupils visited a local farm in Coleshill to learn all about ‘farm to fork’. They followed the wheat story at the farm and then afterwards made their own tasty bread to see how the story ends!
Activities extend outside of school hours, as a growing and cooking award scheme has been launched to get the children doing things at home as well. The children recorded everything in a homework book and vyed for the coveted Gold Award in the process.
The children have not only been learning about British food and where it comes from, they have also learnt about healthy eating. The school works with an NHS nutritionist team and run parent/pupil workshops to educate about positive food choices whilst having fun cooking together. The school has also been working to develop links with local colleges, University College Birmingham, local chefs and Grow Organic.
One of the big highlights of the harvest celebration is the Harvest play, which is enjoyed by the school and attended by the local vicar.
“It’s been really fun cooking and learning about being healthy with my Mum in our Food Tech room.” Kacper Dmytruszynsk, Class 3
“It’s great to be able to give children at The Oval opportunities to learn about cooking, growing and farming.” Katie Smith, Parent
“We grow our own organic fruit and vegetable in our school allotment and learn how to tend the soil, make compost and grow from seed. Over all our vision of ‘from seed to plate,’ becomes a reality in our state of the art food technology room, where we use our allotment produce to cook delicious and healthy recipes. Our local community gets involved too, we promote buying British, growing locally and having fun cooking!”
Camelia Paton-Devine, Food Technology Teacher and Farm Co-ordinator