Sunday, June 16, 2024

Thurrock pupils get to the roots of food

SCHOOL children across Thurrock have been getting interactive lessons in where their food comes from.

Seven local primary schools have already undertaken the Roots to Food cooking challenge and eight more are in the diary.

Thurrock Council’s catering service – which provides meals for 30 of the borough’s primary schools – funded the fun event which to get across healthy eating messages and teach children about the importance of nutritious fresh food and the value of having a healthy school meal.

The pupils enjoyed their time with Darren Tinkler, a qualified chef who provides active education in health and wellbeing.

Darren, through his Roots to Food company supports schools to deliver nutrition and cooking in the curriculum and provide important healthy eating messages.

Last week he was at St Thomas’ Primary in Ward Avenue where he talked to Key Stage 2 pupils about a balanced diet, including all the different food groups and what makes a nutritious meal.

This culminated in a cook off between two teams led by “celebrity chef” teachers and pupils made up from all years who had just 15 minutes to create a meal from the ingredients they were given using a wok, steamer and blender.

Various volunteers assessed the food for its presentation and tasters added their vote.

Later Darren worked with Years 1 and 2 to investigate the impact of exercise on their bodies and the children made fruit smoothies to replace lost energy and were taught how they can measure one portion of fruit or vegetables as part of their five-a-day.


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