Pupils at Porchester Junior School have been exploring where in the world different food types come from and how they reach supermarket shelves.
Rosemary Mawer delivered the classes as part of Tesco’s ‘Eat Happy’ project. She said, “The program shows children how to eat healthily, and where our fruit and vegetables come from.” The pupils used a map to track the journey of the various foods and talked about how each item grows. Rosemary says that she never tires of helping children to understand more about the food they consume. “Talking to children about this is the best part of my job.”
Vicki Moore, a teacher at Porchester Junior School said that the children really enjoy trying new foods, “I think that it is really important for children to understand where their food comes from and to experience new things that they may never have tried otherwise.” Mason who is in year 4 said, “I enjoyed the bread making and I learnt that there are lots of different kinds of breads that I haven't tried.” Erin also in year 4 agreed, “I loved making dough and learning how it made bread.” Some foods however were more palatable than others, Abigail found one food that made her pull a face,” I enjoyed tasting different foods, and I learnt that lemon is very sour!”
Miss Moore said that the lessons created a lot of debate about the sources and origins of food that we eat, and that the pupils really enjoyed the experience, “It was lovely to see children trying different foods and really enjoying them.”