Jane Sixsmith - School Wellbeing

Skill Up Start Cooking!
Preparing for compulsory cooking
activities in the primary curriculum
Jane Sixsmith, Director of Focus on Food
September 2014
Cooking and Nutrition compulsory
for all children up to the age of 14
As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught
how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and
healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will
also 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.
D&T curriculum KS1-3
Why teach cooking skills?
• Children love to cook –this is something
that everyone can achieve in
• Children are more likely to try new
foods if they have cooked them from
• Many children don’t get a positive
experience of cooking at home so it’s
up to school to provide the opportunity
• Cooking is a skill for life, helping us
take control of what we eat and reduce
the cost of food bills
• Cooking activities can help schools
engage with hard to reach parents
Challenges this may bring
Crowded curriculum - how to
fit cooking in? How much and
how often?
No dedicated cooking
classroom - where to cook?
Confidence of staff to lead
practical sessions - how to
skill up?
What to cook at what age and
progression of skills.
Predominantly savoury dishes
- H&S issues?
Rising to the challenge
• Bring Maths, English and Science to life
through hands-on cooking
• Plan in some skills-focused lessons
dedicated to learning to cook
• Link with growing, sustainability and
school meals - whole school approach
• Assess the space you’ve got and think
• Invest in a good set of equipment and
use it only for cooking
• Establish systems of best practice for
cooking in the classroom
• Food Safety training for all (not a legal
requirement but recommended)
• Get some specialist training and
cascade across the school - especially
knife skills teaching
• Engage your school cook or caterer they have great skills to share
• Carry out a curriculum mapping
exercise - what is cooked, when, why?
• Plan cooking into the curriculum like
other subjects and projects
• Develop pupils’ cooking skills across the
key stages, avoid too much repetition
and build a repertoire of dishes
Focus on Food Successes
New cooking room design
Oakmeadow PS
School cooks training and support
Leys Farm JS
Kirklees Caterers
We are here to help
Skill Up Start Cooking
resource pack with 32 tried &
tested recipes for 3-11yr olds
Skills Snippets videos
Cook School recipe app
CPD on a Cooking Bus, at our
Cooking School or delivered in
COOKIT – quality equipment
Advisory service
Hire a Cooking Bus for
inspirational cooking sessions
Cooking in Schools - Cooking Towards a Healthier Future
26th or 27th MARCH 2014 9am – 4pm (choice of date available)
Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX
An inspiring, full day practical session on how to teach
healthy, educational cooking lessons.
Aimed at primary, secondary and SEN teachers to keep up to
date with The School Food Plan and new curriculum featuring
cooking from age 5.

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