Thursday, 15 March 2018

Shock news: school cooking that is not Corn Flakes cakes

At Armitage I run a cooking club after school where we make healthy, affordable food (and the children do the washing up). This term we made, for example, hummous, tzatziki, French bread pizza and omelettes. The children invite their parents in at the end to sample what they made which is a nice oppportunity for the cooks to show off and for everyone to sit down and share some food.  Too much school cooking is focused on sugary cakes, a shame when we have a growing health crisis and cheap, healthy food is easy to make.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Giant carrots from a bucket

We had a few carrot seeds hanging around so we planted them in a bucket filled with compost and left them over the summer. I was expecting a few skinny specimens but we pulled out some whoppers. Carrots always do better when they are raised off the ground about 18 inches as the carrot flies can't fly that high.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Grow it, cook it, eat it

 At the end of term at Ravensbury we harvested potatoes, onions, garlic, broad beans and peas ...
cooked them up into a soup and sat down to eat together. We invited the Head and Deputy to join us. A great way to end the year.


Friday, 7 July 2017

Saving pea seeds


You always miss a few peas and end up with some that dry out on the plant. It's a nice job to collect these, shell them and keep them for planting. It also demonstrates the life cycle of plants. We planted these straight away in July and had peas when we came back to school in September.


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Onion harvest

Onions are easy to grow. Put the little sets in the ground in the autumn or early spring and just leave them until June. It's really nice for children to come back to the garden and harvest what they planted. Here they are getting onions and garlic.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Parents and kids gardening together

We have a nice little group at Ravensbury where parents and children do some gardening together first thing in the morning. Two of the parents have gone on to get allotments and are now teaching me things I didn't know.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Pea maths

Just when the gardening group think they've got our of doing maths, it's pea maths time! Planting seeds is a nice opportunity for children to practice counting, do some multiplication and division.