Pupils join cook-along with TV chef

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Youngsters at a Wallsend school have been cooking along with a top celebrity chef as part of a worldwide record-breaking cookery lesson.

Around 200 children at Western Community Primary School in the town, joined thousands of others from across the world by participating in Food Revolution Day, a Jamie Oliver initiative to encourage children to cook from scratch.

The pupils, aged eight to 11, gathered together to follow Jamie’s live cookery lesson in the school hall, using ingredients donated by Asda in Benton.

Younger children also joined in with the event by cooking a variety of different foods based on the topics they have been covering this half term.

Headteacher Claire Brown said: “We feel it’s really important that children develop skills for life and cooking is essential to help our pupils make healthy choices in the future.

“Events such as Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution are fantastic opportunities to raise the profile and enjoyment of cooking. As part of the school’s new curriculum from September, all children will be taught healthy cookery and will have access to cooking equipment in small groups, so they can experience cooking first hand.”

The event took place in the school’s ‘healthy living half term’ which involves families creating healthy packed lunches, participating in walk to school week, focussing on healthy living and a ‘wake up, shake up’ dance to end lunchtimes.

Other schools also took part including Kinds Priory School in Tynemouth.




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