Cooking Bus rolls into Fenland

Cooking bus

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Pupils and staff at Fenland schools will be getting some help in the kitchen.

The Food for Life Partnership’s (FFLP_ Cooking Bus will be rolling up to Hall Farm on the Coldham Estate from Monday, June 8.

This opportunity to inspire schools to get into the kitchen has been possible thanks to Cambridgeshire’s Public Health team who have commissioned the Food for Life Partnership (FFLP) to work with schools and caterers across the county. FFLP is a national award scheme which brings together the whole school, making lunchtimes a positive feature of the day, encourages schools to visit local farms to understand where food comes from and teaches practical cooking and growing skills.

On Monday, June 8, school cooks are invited to come along for afternoon tea. They will enjoy an interactive session to share their skills and knowledge and discover more about school cooking clubs and how their role within the school is so important for the health and wellbeing of pupils.

Staff can take part in a session entitled ‘Teaching Cooking Confidently – Cooking in the Primary Curriculum’ on Tuesday, June 9, where teachers will roll up their sleeves, get cooking and leave the session with practical tips and recipes to share with pupils.

On Wednesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 11, Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils are invited to bite-sized cooking sessions to learn and practice new skills and create tasty delights! It will be a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other schools, with up to four children and two adults per school invited to attend each session. On the afternoon of the June 10 there will also be a closed session for Cambridgeshire Council health leads, to meet with local teachers and FFLP staff.

Schools do not have to be enrolled with the Food for Life Partnership to attend these sessions but will have the chance to speak to Carrie Bewick, FFLP’s Local Programme Manager, to find out more about the programme and how it is having a positive impact on the food culture of thousands of schools already enrolled across England.

“Having the Cooking Bus at Coldham Estate - Hall Farm for a week is fantastic! Schools should seize this one-off opportunity to roll up their sleeves, get cooking and learn from the professionals, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. With cooking being compulsory in the curriculum for pupils up to 14, this is a perfect springboard to action, whilst offering the chance to get out on a farm at the same time.”

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and do need to be pre-booked. Anyone interested, please contact Carrie Bewick on cbewick@soilassociation.org or visit the Food for Life Partnership website on www.foodforlife.org.uk for further information about the programme.