With the clock ticking before the start of the new curriculum, it's never too soon to planning how to achieve the new practical cooking and nutrition syllabus. With over 85% of the UK's primary schools without suitable cooking facilities, it's giving the Design and Technology departments quite a headache. It's not just the financial burden on primary schools commissioning food technology rooms, but the difficulties in safeguarding KS2 children within a kitchen environment. (7 to 11 year olds handling hot cooking equipment, daunting).
The new curriculum states that all Key Stage 2 pupils must;
- understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.
- prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.
- understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.
Click here to download the full National Curriculum for September 2014.
The Mobile Cook Station is helping primary schools around the UK to overcome many of the above problems.
Bringing the kitchen into the classroom
In a class of its own (excuse the pun), the Mobile Cook Station puts children's safety first by complying with the European British Standard EN 60335-2-6, there is no safer cook station available. A far more viable option than food technology rooms, the Mobile Cook Station has the added bonus of being able to move from classroom to classroom.