The Programme

Why?

Our attitude towards food as children influences our eating behaviour and health as adults. Therefore it is vital to introduce healthy attitudes to food (its creation, consumption & its production) at a young age.

There is a vast amount of information out there about what we should eat to stay healthy and what we should or should not feed children as what they eat affects their health & well being. Getting in at grass roots to influence & inspire children about food has a positive affect on their lives and can also impact the lives of others for the better.

Through learning about where in the world food comes from and seasonality, we can develop independent thinking about how food is produced, the impact of sustainable farming & more. We teach the values of eating seasonally from local sources and of growing our own food, as this encourages the production rather than just the consumption of food. This is becoming more and more important for us as a human race and for our planet. Read more about our philosophy here.

Sessions cover the diversity of food culture, feeding children the message to take an interest in the world outside their home and to have respect for other people’s customs.  We can cover the origin of food as we make dishes like pasta and sushi and also use ingredients from around the world, such as cocoa, rice and sugar.

Our classes promote self esteem - the children are really proud of what they have made. We have found that if children cook for themselves they are more likely to try different foods.

The introduction of cookery skills promotes the preparation of food safely and hygienically which is literally a life skill!

And furthermore... if you actually need more incentive than the above... classes have multiple educational links and promote key skills including:

  • Maths – practical applications of weighing, counting and measuring, estimating, fractions (half or a quarter of something), volume and space.
  • Reading - specially designed recipe cards allow small children to follow step by step instructions, reading has a practical benefit too! This impacts their understanding of instructive texts and how to write instructions; recipes themselves.
  • Science - reversible/non reversible changes/changing states - what happens when we put ingredients together and cook things - melting, whipping and beating. Method, observation and result.

The Key Stage 1 & 2 national curriculums have both updated their criteria for learning in design & technology. Grow Cook Enjoy can help your school meet the new demands of the national curriculum.