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Green life styles at Humphrey Perkins Food, Farming and Fun and the Big Switch Off

In November 2009 Humphrey Perkins became a Flagship School in the Food for Life Partnership (FFLP). The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. Together we are revolutionising school meals, reconnecting children and young people with where their food comes from, and inspiring families to grow and cook food. Less than a year on, a number of new initiatives have begun in school to help meet these aims.

Down on the Farm

During October and November, Y7 students had the opportunity to visit Manor Organic Farm in Long Whatton. Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Here are two of their comments. "It was awesome. We did two activities, bread making and seeing all the animals. Bread making was amazing because we got to weigh out some flour and make bread from scratch. We had to mix with our hands until the mixture was light and fluffy. Our hands were very sticky. Then Sam, the head baker let us cook it in the oven." "I was in the group to see animals. The first one was a goose and it wouldn't stop making its goosey sound! Then we saw horses and last but not least, chicks! SO MANY OF THEM! About 50!"

Food in School

Food Technology is entering a transforming stage. The Food Curriculum runs alongside work in the school restaurant. In particular, ingredients for cooking lessons are sourced through the restaurant and some are sourced from the newly established school vegetable patch. Green life styles at Humphrey Perkins Food, Farming and Fun and the Big Switch Off We now plant fresh herbs in the food rooms so that pupils can see their food growing and use it in their recipes. The Year 8 curriculum has a mainly practical feel and allows students to be 'flexible' when cooking, often using recipes as just a framework.

Rebecca Premdjy intends to run a 'Food in Schools' training session in March for feeder primary teachers so they can gain knowledge and tips on how to run cooking based sessions in primary schools. We aim to spread the benefits of our involvement in the Partnership to others in the community.

Humanities Curriculum

The Year 7 Humanities curriculum focuses on 'Food and Healthy Living'. Students have been learning about a wide variety of issues including food miles, the impact of growing food abroad, famine and farming in Medieval times.

"It's been fun because we get to do our own project. We are making a board game to teach Year 6 pupils about the air miles that are involved in making a pizza."