Fourfields Community Primary School

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Food for Life at Fourfields

 

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We are very proud to be part of the Food for Life Partnership. In 2015-16 we achieved our Bronze Award and are now working towards Silver with Gold in our sights.

Food for Life is about valuing our food and appreciating where it has come from and considering how we prepare it and serve it and celebrate it.

Broadly, the award considers four areas: Food Leadership, Food Quality and Provenance, Food Education and Food Culture and Community.

As part of our involvement in the award our in house Catering Team are working hard to further improve our school lunches. So far we have replaced flight trays with real plates, checked all foods on the school menu for preservatives and E Numbers, changed suppliers to buy local produce where possible, include seasonal produce in menus and at least 75% of food is prepared on site.

The changes to our food culture in school stretch out beyond lunchtimes. We have consultation from staff, parents and children to continually improve the dining experience for our children as well as make changes to food education in school.

In addition to reviewing our school meals we are growing vegetables and salad in our award winning garden to serve in our lunches. In addition, we also host an annual Farmers' Market to encourage our community to shop locally and to teach children where food comes from. Please take a look at the blog link below or our gallery for an idea of what foods were available and the extent of the support from our community.

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Click HERE to hear about our freshly dug potatoes featuring in our menu!

Each year a group of children visit a local farm (Moor Farm in Newborough) to learn about growth and food production. Moor Farm then visit our Farmers' market to sell their produce and we enjoy working together.

We have introduced a 'Cook and Grow' club in school. Children plant an edible plant at lunchtime and then nurture at home. Once it is harvested we cook it so the children become aware of the full cook and grow cycle.

In class children cook each term. This is linked to their topics when possible but we strive to ensure that the food they cook is healthy and we learn about seasonality as part of these lessons. We place a strong emphasis on the skills around cooking so children learn basic cooking skills such as chopping. To make the experience even more enjoyable, we are working towards having a dedicated Baking Room.

We have a 'vegetable of the term' when we learn a number of interesting facts about our featured fruit or vegetable. Our teachers are linking all this work into our assemblies and emphasising what part food plays in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and how well travelled fruit and vegetables damage our environment. 

If you would like to hear more about the Food for Life Partnership please click HERE. You may also want to follow the Food for Life Blog in which we feature - Just click HERE!

We will keep you updated with our progress on this page and on our Food for Life blog.

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September 2014

What have we 'bean' doing?  Throughout the summer we served salad items grown in our garden in our salad bar. We also enjoyed freshly dug potatoes. However,today we were very excited to serve school grown runner beans - they went down well with the children.

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