Cooking brings children together through social interaction - and food preparation is often used to express or "show case" specific cultures' or religions. It also educates children in how food can be nutritionally good for you and how healthy food can also taste extremely good.
We deliver after-school clubs, in-school sessions, WOW days and parties that prepare children to cook at home from Reception age to Year 6. The cookery sessions give children a valuable understanding of food and of food preparation. Classes are anything from 8 children upwards.
All equipment, ingredients, aprons and recipes are provided and we prepare, with the children, a wide variety of both savoury and sweet dishes, all containing a wholesome and balanced nutritional value. Classes are both safe and enjoyable for all involved.
Strict safely guidelines are followed; any food allergies are clearly understood beforehand, full close supervision is given to ensure that appropriate ingredients and equipment are being correctly used and the children are taught about personal hygiene and cleanliness to ensure that the cooking area is clean and safe at all times.
Sessions are run in a way that are rewarding, practical and most importantly - fun. Children are learning by exploring "hands on" food preparation in a positive atmosphere and the language and presentation style used is adapted to suit the age and the experience of the children in each specific group.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Why would we choose to have a cookery club at our school?
Q. How much does it cost?
Q. Can we de-crease to cost of each session?
Q. What type of room/space is required?
Nellie's after school cookery club at Birdwell is superb. The children's interest in cookery has been really ignited, as they have learnt to make a wide variety of nutritious main meal and dessert items. They have been equipped with real cookery skills like pastry and bread making. Most impressive is that once taught, the children independently and confidently use the equipment, including: proper knives, graters, ovens and frying pans. They demonstrate high levels of cooperations and collaboration as they become completely absorbed in their recipes. In addition, the results really do look and smell amazing. This truly is appetising food, prepared by the children with pride and skill. Parents have even reported their children presenting shopping lists, asking to repeat the recipes at home. One child, with no previous real interest in cookery, has now even decided to become a chef! With all of our modern concerns about poor nutrition and fast foods, Nellie's after school club is, I feel, as important for a child's healthy future as anything we teach in a classroom!
Julia Cavill - Year 6 Teacher, Birdwell Primary Academy, North Somerset