Growing, tasting and learning all about food at St Andrews School

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The children in Reception (5 year olds) are really enjoying their unit: ‘Food’. In the classroom there are some new exciting role-play areas. There is a European-style restaurant and a Thai beach restaurant with mats and a variety of local Thai cooking pots.

The children have answered questions in the ‘Entry Interview’, demonstrating a good understanding about what are healthy foods and unhealthy foods. Our next steps will be to learn more about the different foods groups and find out where food comes from. We will be inviting our parents into class to help us share knowledge and taste some favourite foods from our different home countries.

Alex learns to plant rice in our Thai lesson.Alex learns to plant rice in our Thai lesson.

The children are enjoying being ‘risk-takers’, tasting different foods and saying which they like best. They have recorded their preferences on whole class and individual charts which is developing their ability to represent and record information in a variety of ways.

In their Thai lesson the children were very excited to plant rice which after only one week has already begun to sprout!

Justin explores the oven gloves in the pretend kitchen.Justin explores the oven gloves in the pretend kitchen.

There have also been many creative art opportunities as the children studied the different beautiful shapes and patterns found on the fruits and vegetables of Thailand. The unit will culminate with the children’s creativity being shown off to parents and other students at the Early Years Art Exhibition.

Calliope works out how to use the role-play till.Calliope works out how to use the role-play till.

Children investigate fruit shapes and record ideas.Children investigate fruit shapes and record ideas.

Jenny counts and records her set of fruits.Jenny counts and records her set of fruits.