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Skill Up Start Cooking!. Preparing for compulsory cooking activities in the primary curriculum. Jane Sixsmith , Director of Focus on Food. September 2014 Cooking and Nutrition compulsory for all children up to the age of 14.

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Skill Up Start Cooking!

Preparing for compulsory cooking activities in the primary curriculum

Jane Sixsmith, Director of Focus on Food


September 2014

Cooking and Nutrition compulsory for all children up to the age of 14

As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

D&T curriculum KS1-3


Why teach cooking skills?

  • Children love to cook –this is something that everyone can achieve in
  • Children are more likely to try new foods if they have cooked them from scratch
  • Many children don’t get a positive experience of cooking at home so it’s up to school to provide the opportunity
  • Cooking is a skill for life, helping us take control of what we eat and reduce the cost of food bills
  • Cooking activities can help schools engage with hard to reach parents

Challenges this may bring

  • Crowded curriculum - how to fit cooking in? How much and how often?
  • No dedicated cooking classroom - where to cook?
  • Confidence of staff to lead practical sessions - how to skill up?
  • What to cook at what age and progression of skills. Predominantly savoury dishes - H&S issues?

Focus on Food Successes

Whole school approach to curriculum planning

New cooking room design

Oakmeadow PS

School cooks training and support

Leys Farm JS

Kirklees Caterers


We are here to help

  • Skill Up Start Cooking resource pack with 32 tried & tested recipes for 3-11yr olds
  • Skills Snippets videos
  • Cook School recipeapp
  • CPD on a Cooking Bus, at our Cooking School or delivered in school
  • COOKIT – quality equipment
  • Advisory service
  • Hire a Cooking Bus for inspirational cooking sessions

Cooking in Schools - Cooking Towards a Healthier Future

26th or 27th MARCH 2014 9am – 4pm (choice of date available)

Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX

An inspiring, full day practical session on how to teach healthy, educational cooking lessons.

Aimed at primary, secondary and SEN teachers to keep up to date with The School Food Plan and new curriculum featuring cooking from age 5.