This month, all of Key Stage 2 (KS2) will be visiting The Food Academy, Saveco in Al Rai. Pupils will investigate the different areas of a supermarket, the ways in which food is kept fresh, and how it’s imported from all around the world.
After the tour of the supermarket, pupils will go to The Food Academy kitchen. The kitchen has around 20 food stations, so that each child can work independently and in small groups. The trips began with Year 3 and will continue for the remaining Year Groups in Key Stage 2. (our gallery will be updated to include all KS2 years).
The Food Academy session
The session started with the chef explaining how pots and pans work and how to use the equipment carefully. The chef went on to explain that one of the most important parts of cooking is using your ears! Ears..? All the children looked at the chef wondering if they needed to put their ears in the pot! But the chef continued explaining that we need to listen and follow instructions so that our food tastes delicious.
The chef started preparing the vegetables for the soup. They gasped at how quickly the chef’s knife chopped without food going everywhere. Then it was their turn… Under the chef’s guidance, the children took their ingredients and began chopping too. Some thought about trying to chop as fast as the chef but were worried about cutting their fingers, so everyone did it nice and slowly.
Pretty soon pots and pans were hot. Water bubbled over the side of one pot, which excited all the children (but also highlighted the importance of safety in the kitchen). The smells around the kitchen were making the children’s tummies rumble. They chopped, mixed, stirred and tasted their recipes. They added salt, pepper and other ingredients until they liked the taste. The children discussed how some ingredients are healthier than others and how too much salt is bad for you.
After an hour, the food was ready to put into plastic pots to be taken home. Some children even sneaked a taste, others took large bites, and some just ate the whole thing!
Everyone produced very delicious results, so if you didn’t taste your child’s food ask them to cook it again. 😀