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Food and Nutrition at Phillimore

Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Food and Nutrition form part of the Design and Technology National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2 and are taught together within the wider curriculum offered at Phillimore. In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, pupils are taught to discuss healthy food (including portion size and food types) and prepare simple recipes using a range of basic equipment and skills. They are also taught to understand the importance of basic food hygiene and safety.

In Key Stage 2, we offer lessons dedicated to teaching children about preparing and cooking predominantly savoury snacks and meals. We ensure our schemes of work have strong cross curricular links to ensure skills such as measures in Maths and persuasive writing in Literacy for example, have a real life purpose. Progression is built in so that skills are developed over time and children become proficient in and understand the purpose of food hygiene and safety, knife skills and use of a range of equipment and ingredients.

We invite visitors in to work with our pupils such as Warburtons (bakers), WhyWeight (nutritionists and physical activity practitioners) and professional chefs. We run an annual food week and invite parents and carers in, to encourage children to become more aware of how making healthy choices now will affect their future health. 

Y3s: work in groups of 8 on a four weekly cycle throughout the year making from scratch to try or take home, a variety of healthy drinks, snacks, scones, pizzas, bread and flapjacks.

Y4s: previously accessed an annual 8 week programme run by WhyWeight in conjunction with Sheffield City Council. Professional trainers guide pupils through an exercise and nutrition programme. This programme is no longer on offer to the school due to changes in provider contract. However, Phillimore will be part of the newly formed Eat Smart Sheffield programme during 2019/20 and it is hoped that new resources will be available to expand this area of work for pupils at Phillimore.

Y5: work in groups of 6 receiving at least 6 hours of tuition working on more complex skills to produce a variety of healthy, well balanced meals to take home and try with their family.

Y6: a weekly after school cooking club to reinforce the interest and skills learnt in the curriculum.

Link to our Food and Nutrition yearly overview