Cambridgeshire schools cook up breakfast with Kids Country and local farmers – Kids Country
Over 400 children from Cambridgeshire primary schools – Market Deeping Community Primary School, Leighton Primary School, and Farcet C of E Primary School – experienced a hands-on food and farming day to find out how their breakfast goes from field to fork with Kids Country.
The Breakfast Week events, which were organised and delivered in school by the East of England Agricultural Society’s education arm, Kids Country, saw children making and tasting pancakes with produce donated by Marriages Flour and Central England Co-operative, and taste test rare breed pork sausages from Bedfordshire pig farmer, Thomas Beazley with Ladies in Pigs explaining how sausages are made and how pigs are reared in the UK.
hildren at Farcet Primary School, Peterborough, find out all about tractors with G & J Peck Ltd
Farmer Luke Abblitt also showed children what cereal crops can be grown in a metre-square of soil before children got up close and personal with a giant blue New Holland tractor from Cambridgeshire tractor dealership, G & J Peck Ltd. The team from Central England Co-operative also walked children through their ‘Healthy Choices’ food wheel.
Emma Ward, Headteacher at Leighton Primary School, Peterborough, said: “It was such a valuable experience for the children to learn about where their food comes from. The range of interactive activities including pancake making, tasting sausages, and learning about how much food can be produced in one metre square of wheat engaged and fascinated the children.
“The whole school loved having a beautiful blue tractor on the playground and our Year 3 and 4 children soaked up interesting facts about tractors. Who knew tyres cost that much?! All the staff and volunteers interacted well with staff and children and created a day that our children will remember. A big thank you will be booking again soon.”
Ladies in Pigs help children at Leighton Primary School, Peterborough, find out all about pig farming and how sausages are made
Sandra Lauridsen, Kids Country education manager, says: “It was great to deliver this event face-to-face with so many children – nothing beats this kind of learning, touching and feeling with your hands, and seeing with your own eyes, as well as speaking to the producers who deliver this food for us.”
Schools can book their places now for the November 2022 and January 2023 Breakfast Weeks by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01733 961024.
Sandra continued: “We are really looking forward to delivering more events to primary schools in 2022, especially our Food and Farming Day on Friday 1st July, which we have had to run as a virtual event for the last two years with over 2,000 school children already signed up to attend at the usual venue, the East of England Showground.”