Orford/Aldeburgh: Primary pupils’ project focusing on the kitchen

Earlier this year Orford Primary School celebrated Food Revolution Day with celebrity chef Gennaro C

Earlier this year Orford Primary School celebrated Food Revolution Day with celebrity chef Gennaro Contaldo and original dinner lady from Jamies School Dinners, Nora Sands, with pupils Harry Murphy, and Rachel Hall in the schools kitchen.

Pupils at two Suffolk primary schools are spending plenty of time in the kitchen as part of a project to get more schoolchildren cooking

In a joint venture, pupils from Aldeburgh Primary School are travelling to use the kitchen facilities at Orford CEVAP School.

As part of a 10-week trial, 10 pupils each week will use the purpose-built kitchen classroom, inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project.

The trial is part of primary school cooking curriculum changes, which aims to teach pupils key skills including cutting, mixing, and food hygiene.

Debbie Gayler, the headteacher of both schools, said: “Our teachers in Aldeburgh have all been taught in food hygiene so they can bring children over for cooking lessons.


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“We’re linking it with maths, and it’s putting learning into perspective. The Year Six pupils made a crumble and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“At Aldeburgh we’ve got the normal kitchen we use for school dinners but not our own kitchen, so at Orford we can have larger groups.

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“We’re funding the coach but would like to get some funding. To get children from one school to another costs a lot of money.”

Mrs Gayler was positive other schools would like to use the kitchen, saying: “They would be interested but it’s showing it works first.

“We would like to thank cookery teacher Kate Kilburn, who has helped provide recipes so teachers know about what they’re cooking.”

The Kitchen Garden Project will be at the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival this weekend, with pupils showing off their cooking skills. They will also have products on sale, including shopping bags, and T-shirts.

The EADT and EADT Suffolk magazine have teamed up with locally-based chocolatiers Gnaw, to offer visitors to the food and drink festival a tasty treat.

This weekend come along to the EADT stand and with every purchase of the EADT you will receive a Gnaw Hot Choc Shot, worth £1.99 (RRP).

The latest copy of EADT Suffolk magazine will also be on sale with full details on their fantastic subscription offers.

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