Food For Thought

Pumpkins, Squash, Gourd and so much more!!! – 13.10.21

Lucy from Kilduff farm visited Stenton in our playground today to help us learn all about pumpkins.  She showed us a huge variety of pumpkins and told us all the wonderful things we can do with them.  I for one can’t wait until after the holidays to visit Kilduff Farm and get cooking with some pumpkins!  I don’t think any of us realised how diverse pumpkins can be as a vegetable.

Lovely Lasagne – 12.10.21

You may remember than at the beginning of term we made pizza using our lovely home grown tomatoes (and some bought ones) to make the sauce.  Afterwards we had lots of sauce left over and as we didn’t want to waste it we decided to pop it into the freezer for a later date.  Well this week that later date arrived.  We used the remainder of the pizza sauce to make lasagne.  This also gave us the opportunity to learn how to make a basic white sauce.  To link with our harvest theme this week we also chose to make some garlic and rosemary bread using rosemary from our garden.

The boys and girls did such an amazing job that the staff have been able to have some for their lunch.  Well done Stenton!!!

Wonderful Wheat! 1.10.21

P1-3 used scissors to harvest our wheat this morning and then we hung up the wheat sheafs to dry out in the classroom. We are investigating how we are now going to make bread with our wheat.

Soil Soil Soil – 29.9.21

James Wyllie came today and delivered lots of free soil for us.  He has filled up our planters.  Thank you James!  What a fantastic community we have the pleasure of being a part of.

We can’t wait to research what we can grow over winter and then use out hopefully successfully grown crops in some delicious cooking.

Cool Compost! – 28.9.21

Phil Lucas from the local horticultural society popped into school this afternoon to tell us all about how to compost.  He then invited us to his garden so we could have a look at his.  The children were absolutely inspired and loved seeing his garden.  We can’t wait to get composting and Phil’s garden is so amazing that all the children want to write imaginative stories about it.

Thank you Phil!!!

Herb Garden – 22.9.21

The Stenton Primary pupils worked hard this afternoon planting some herb seeds which we hope we will be able to use in our cooking.  We planted oregano, basil, coriander, chillies and thyme.

We can[t wait to see how well they grow.  They are in our green house just now but we will bring them in when the temperature drops. Hopefully next year we will be able to add them to our herb garden outside!

Apple Chutney – 21.9.21

We have been learning about how we can cook fresh food so that it will last us longer.  Today the children made some delicious chutney.  They will bring some home in the jars you all kindly sent in. I hope you enjoy tasting it!

We also have a lot of spare apples so we have sent some home with each child for them to make something for their homework – see the task on google classroom.


Apples, Apples and more Apples – oh and oats too!! – 14.9.21

We have been cooking up a storm today using our apples from Rucklaw. We have had an amazing morning with the help of Mrs Dick making apples juice, porridge (to go with our stewed fruit from yesterday), apple crumble and custard!

As you may have guessed we were all feeling pretty full by the end of the day.

Stewed Plum and Apples – 13.9.21

We had a lovely walk along to the park this afternoon to pick some our community plums and pears.  We then practised our cutting skills and popped them into a slow cooker with a few other ingredients to cook for tomorrow.  We will try our stewed plum and apples with some porridge tomorrow which we will make using oats.

Apple Picking at Rucklaw – 8.9.21

We have had an amazing morning at Rucklaw today picking apples and learning all about farm machinery.    A massive thank you to Barbara and Jim who gave us their time and their apples!

We can’t wait to get cooking with what we picked! The children have been voting on what to cook.

 Oats O’Clock – 6.9.21

Papple steading have asked Stenton Primary to help them make a film all about how oats are produced and how things have changed over time.  The children are really excited to be involved.

This week the children have made a start doing some research about oats.  They have shown what they learned about how oats are produced using freeze frames in groups.

Cooking – with our homegrown potatoes and tomatoes – 31.8.21 

This week we have been busy making homemade pizza, chips and  salad all from scratch. We planned our menu together and many of our ingredients were grown in our school garden. We made the pizza base first so that it had time to rise and then we made everything else -our pizza topping included our tasty tomatoes from the garden. The chips were made from our own potatoes which we planted before the summer holidays.

It was a great experience where we all learned skills and worked together as a team to produce a healthy, tasty meal.

Watch this space for the next Stenton Cookery School experience!

Woo Hoo! 

Mrs Wilson has been super busy buying all our new equipment for our food education.  A HUGE thank you to the parent council for giving us some money towards cooking equipment so we can cook yup a storm with all our lovely vegetables, fruit and herbs that we will be growing this year.


We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from Food for Thought to help develop our food education at Stenton.

Please see below for a summary of our project which was part of our funding application:

We aim to embed food education into our HWB curriculum, using IDL to form an inspiring, sustainable and progressive programme. The children will be involved in farm visits throughout the year, in planning, growing and making healthy food with a seasonal focus.  We will build on previous training and current good practices in growing and outdoor education to deliver a food programme that supports the children’s attainment across all aspects of their learning.








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