Since TV chef Jamie Oliver came to Charlton Manor school 12 years ago with Jamie’s School Dinners project, Charlton Manor has strived to ensure that children not only eat healthily but that they also understand the importance of the effects of food on their body, have rich experiences around food, are educated in cooking and understand that exercise is important.
From the Daily Morning Circuit daily exercise regime, the Bikes in the Curriculum initiative where children learn how to ride a bike, free Breakfast Club, and lunch cooked and prepared under the supervision of an award-winning chef, to growing fruit and vegetables in the award-winning school garden, harvesting produce from the school community garden to sell in the school shop, through to the opportunities to cook different foods from all over the world, cooking and healthy choices are now embedded in the curriculum, not just as an addition to the end of the day.
Parents support the drive to help children make healthy choices and are active in cooking food for International Food Day, making Reduced Sugar Cakes for the occasional cake sale, and birthday treats such as fruit kebabs, fruit bags and even grape butterflies.
To find out more, read the article ‘How inspirational school visitors can transform children’s lives’ in theguardian.com
Carol Ann Walters, March 2018