The Let’s Get Cooking Programme, delivers food and nutrition education to ensure that primary school children go to secondary school with an understanding of basic nutrition and an armoury of essential life skills. Once children move into Key Stages 3 and 4, they become more independent with their food choices, and we hope the programme will inspire them to make those food choices, positive ones.
As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables youngsters to feed themselves and others now and in later life, affordably and well.
However, despite Food and Nutrition being a mandatory part of the Jersey Curriculum (page 5), many schools are unable to deliver this teaching for a number of factors including lack of time, lack of expertise and a far greater responsibility to deliver the academic subjects. The Let’s Get Cooking Programme works with schools, and the staff, parents and children to teach a cross-curricular programme, which sees children learning not just practical skills in the kitchen but about nutrition and where food comes from and will also encompass all elements of the curriculum such as numeracy, literacy, geography, art and design.
We recently completed and evaluated the pilot of the programme with Year 2 and 4 children at Samares School, St Luke’s School and Mont Nicolle School, and you can read the impact report which has collated the feedback and measurement of the programme from Headteachers, teachers, children and parents. The pilot was a real success, and enabled us to develop the programme further to teach Key Stage 1 and 2 in these three schools, which will start in September 2017.
In 2018, we hope to bring Grand Vaux School and Janvrin School on to the Let’s Get Cooking Programme giving nearly 20% of the Islands primary school children this life changing experience.
We are incredibly grateful to the Heads and staff of Samares, St Luke’s and Mont Nicolle Schools for the support and vision they have for the Let’s Get Cooking Programme. Together this will change the lives of our children, not just for now, but for generations to come.