National Curriculum Food

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.

Contact: Mexa Thermal immediately on ku.oc.lamrehtaxemnull@seiriuqne or call 01744 410 438 for further information.

New National Curriculum Cooking

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.

Contact: Mexa Thermal immediately on ku.oc.lamrehtaxemnull@seiriuqne or call 01744 410 438 for further information.

National Curriculum Cookery

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.

Contact: Mexa Thermal immediately on ku.oc.lamrehtaxemnull@seiriuqne or call 01744 410 438 for further information.

National Curriculum Cooking

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.

Contact: Mexa Thermal immediately on ku.oc.lamrehtaxemnull@seiriuqne or call 01744 410 438 for further information.

Equipment for Practical Cooking in Primary School

The Mobile Cook Station has been primarily designed as a teaching aid for practical cooking within the Primary School Classroom. It comprises an Oven, Hob, Refrigerator, Hand Wash and Preparation Table, mounted on a stainless steel mobile trolley.

The Oven is set within a cool touch housing while the Induction Hob is of the latest design and stays relatively cool, ideal for cooking within the Primary School Classroom.

Want to know more? Call us on 01744 410 438

 

Mobile Cook Station

 

 

Mobile Cook Station Trolley

 

 

Mobile Cook Station Oven

 

 

Mobile Cook Station Table

 

 

Mobile Cook Station Fridge

 

 

Mobile Cook Station Induction Hob

 

 

Mobile Cook Station Hand Wash
 

 

 

Associated Products

Oven Cook Station

 

 

Hob Cook Station

 

Contact: Mexa Thermal immediately on ku.oc.lamrehtaxemnull@seiriuqne or call 01744 410 438 for further information.

How to Achieve Practical Cooking in Primary School

Primary Schools without Food Technology Rooms?

Practical Cooking will become  part of the New National Curriculum  in September 2014 for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3. Whereas most of the Secondary Schools have existing Food Technology Rooms, under 25% of the Primary Schools do not have these facilities in place.

How to achieve Practical Cooking without a Food Technology Room?

Mexa Thermal Systems have developed The Mobile Cook Station; a dynamic and versatile teaching aid, comprising a fan circulated catering oven, a dual induction hob, refrigerator, hand-wash, drop down preparation table and all mounted on a stainless steel mobile stand.

Mobile Cook Station
Mobile Cook Station

 

The objective of the Mobile Cook Station

The Mobile Cook Station is a fantastic new concept in teaching children practical cooking inside their own classroom. The children choose, plan and prepare the lessons ingredients, the teacher then cooks the prepared food in front of them, demonstrating different types of cooking techniques.

Once cooked, the food can be passed around for the pupils to taste, for many of them trying new exciting textures and flavours for the first time. It gives them the chance to taste new foods, as well as teaching them to cook from healthy basic ingredients, probably one of the most important life skills they will learn.

The benefits of the Mobile Cook Station

  • Space saving - No need for a Food Technology Room.
  • Saving money - No need to commission and service a Food Technology Room, save many tens of thousands of pounds in each school.
  • Reducing the health and safety risks - Young children not handling hot equipment.
  • Reduced staffing levels - Not having to care for young children in a Food Technology Room when handling hot equipment.
  • Less disruption to the children - Taking the practical cooking lessons in their own classrooms.
  • Mobile - The Mobile Cook Station can be moved from class to class, room to room.
  • Multiple Mobile Cook Stations - Different classes and key stages can teach practical cooking at the same time, not struggling to accommodate the whole school in a single Food Technology Room.
  • Versatile - Can be used for after school clubs, m.a.t.ch. workshops, children and parent groups, breakfast clubs, cookathons, fund raising and many more...

Contact: Mexa Thermal immediately on ku.oc.lamrehtaxemnull@seiriuqne or call 01744 410 438 for further information.

National Curriculum Framework Cooking and Nutrition KS1 and KS2

Taken from: The National Curriculum in England Framework Design and Technology KS1 & KS2 Document September 2013

Design and Technology

Cooking and nutrition

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.

Pupils should be taught to:

Key stage 1

  • Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.
  • Understand where food comes from.

Key stage 2

  • 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 National Curriculum Framework 2014 to download the full document.

 

The Mobile Cook Station is a fantastic new concept in teaching practical cooking to KS1 & KS2 pupils inside their own classroom. The children choose,  plan and prepare the lessons ingredients, the teacher then cooks the prepared food in front of them, demonstrating different types of cooking techniques.

Once cooked, the food can be passed around for the pupils to taste, for many of them trying new exciting textures and flavours for the first time. It gives them the chance to taste new foods, as well as teaching them to cook from healthy basic ingredients, probably one of the most important life skills they will learn.

The Mobile Cook Station

                                                                                                    Bringing the kitchen into the classroom

 

The objective of the Mobile Cook Station

  • Space saving - No need for a Food Technology Room.
  • Saving money - No need to commission and service a Food Technology Room, save many tens of thousands of pounds in each school.
  • Reducing the health and safety risks - Young children not handling hot equipment.
  • Reduced staffing levels - Not having to care for young children in a Food Technology Room when handling hot equipment.
  • Less disruption to the children - Taking the practical cooking lessons in their own classrooms.
  • Mobile - The Mobile Cook Station can be moved from class to class, room to room.
  • Multiple Mobile Cook Stations  - Different classes and key stages can teach practical cooking at the same time, not struggling to accommodate the whole school in a single Food Technology Room.
  • Versatile - Can be used for after school clubs, m.a.t.ch. workshops, children and parent groups, breakfast clubs, cookathons, fund raising and many more...

Contact: Mexa Thermal immediately on ku.oc.lamrehtaxemnull@seiriuqne or call 01744 410 438 for further information.

Practical Cooking in the Primary School – Equipment Safety Warning

Practical Cooking Equipment for Primary Schools are not all the same. We have noticed a few companies selling Mobile Cook Stations using Mini Table Top Ovens with Boiling Rings. The height the ovens are positioned leave children vulnerable and susceptible to second and third degree burns.

We have tested some of these ovens according to BS EN 60335-2-6 to find some do not comply at the height they are positioned. The oven doors and housings get far too hot to meet this specification thus leaving schools outside the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Shamefully some companies are targeting sales of these Cook Stations to KS1 and KS2 Primary Schools with a disclaimer informing, 'Please note the oven will get hot during use; please ensure children are supervised at all times'.

Always check the oven complies with the European British Standards EN 60335-2-6 and if the oven needs to be placed above 850mm to pass the test. There are 2 different temperature tables whether the oven is placed above or below 850mm from the floor.

 

Electric Oven Temperature Testing

Electric ovens are measured in accordance with the European British Standards EN 60335-2-6.

Test conditions

For a central oven temperature test.
Pre heat the oven to a temperature of 200°C
Depending on the height of the oven different temperatures apply.

 

For Freestanding cookers and ovens below 850mm from the floor

Temperature limits are as follows

  • Metal and painted metal 45°C plus ambient temperature
  • Vitreous - enamel metal 50°C plus ambient temperature
  • Glass 7 ceramic 60°C plus ambient temperature
  • Plastic 80°C plus ambient temperature

 

For Freestanding cookers and ovens above 850mm from the floor

Temperature limits are as follows

  • Metal and painted metal 60°C plus ambient temperature
  • Vitreous - enamel metal 65°C plus ambient temperature
  • Glass 7 ceramic 80°C plus ambient temperature
  • Plastic 100°C plus ambient temperature

 

Duties as an employer

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the employer in a school must take reasonable steps to ensure that staff and pupils are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. This applies to activities on or off school premises.

Sometime civil proceedings in negligence can be taken against an employer or an individual member of staff. However, legal action for negligence against schools is only likely to be successful if:

  • the school has not taken care of a child in a way that a prudent parent would have done;
  • as a result, the child has been injured; and
  • the injury was a foreseeable consequence.

Please check, all ovens used for Practical Cooking within Primary Schools carry the European British Standard EN 60335-2-6.

Key Points

Children should be able to experience a wide range of activities. Health and safety measures should help them to do this safely, not stop them.

It is important that children learn to understand and manage the risks that are a normal part of life.

Common sense should be used in assessing and managing the risks of any activity.

Health and safety procedures should always be proportionate to the risks of an activity.

Staff should be given the training they need so they can keep themselves and children safe and manage risks effectively.

At Mexa Thermal Systems we pride ourselves on the high safety standards we set, all our Mobile Cook Stations and Associated Products comply with the European British standards EN 60335-2-6.

Mobile Cook StationThe Mobile Cook Station

 

It’s so versatile

  • Holiday Clubs
  • After School Clubs
  • M.A.T.CH. Workshops
  • Breakfast Clubs
  • Cookathons
  • Children and Parent Groups
  • Fighting Obesity
  • Fund Raising and many more...

Contact: Mexa Thermal immediately on ku.oc.lamrehtaxemnull@seiriuqne or call 01744 410 438 for further information.

Teaching Practical Cooking in Primary School, While Keeping Children Safe

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP (Secretary of State for Education) has changed the National Curriculum from September 2014. All KS1 & KS2 pupils will be given the incredible opportunity to learn Practical Cooking within Primary School.

Practical Cooking lessons taught to Primary School Children, can be quite a daunting for teachers without suitable facilities. Would parents let their Primary aged child loose in the kitchen at home with standard cooking equipment? In most cases I think the answer is no; parents are very protective towards their children and send them to school safe in the knowledge that no harm will come to them.

While teaching this fundamental skill, children will learn to cook from basic ingredients, the heart of tackling obesity and will enable future generations to understand food, diet and nutrition, putting together healthy meals for their entire lives. The importance of teaching Practical Cooking to children is essential, but their safety is paramount.

Standard cooking equipment is not suitable for young children, it just isn't designed for them. Mexa Thermal Systems have developed the new concept of bringing the kitchen into the classroom, with equipment designed for this purpose. All cooking equipment is dangerous when heat is involved but limiting the health and safety risk must be the prime objective.

‘The Mobile Cook Station’ is a fantastic new concept for teaching Practical Cooking to KS1 & KS2 pupils inside their own classroom. The children choose,  plan and prepare the lessons ingredients, the teacher then cooks the prepared food in front of them, demonstrating different types of cooking techniques.

There are a host of safety features including an induction hob, that only produces heat to the pan by magnetic fields and not heating the work surface, the oven is raised and surrounded by a cool touch safety cowling to prevent burnt fingers and a double latched preparation table to prevent trapped fingers. The refrigerator is vital for safe food storage, the hand wash for personal hygiene and the mobile trolley manufacture from stainless steel for food preparation. Complies to European British Standards EN 60335-2-6.

Mobile Cook Station

The Mobile Cook Station

It’s so versatile

  • Holiday Clubs
  • After School Clubs
  • M.A.T.CH. Workshops
  • Breakfast Clubs
  • Cookathons
  • Children and Parent Groups
  • Fighting Obesity
  • Fund Raising and many more...

Contact: Mexa Thermal immediately on ku.oc.lamrehtaxemnull@seiriuqne or call 01744 410 438 for further information.

New National Curriculum 2014 Practical Cooking in Schools

Taken from: The National Curriculum in England Framework Design and Technology KS1 & KS2 Document September 2013

Design and Technology

Cooking and nutrition

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.

Pupils should be taught to:

Key stage 1

  • Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.
  • Understand where food comes from.

Key stage 2

  • 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 National Curriculum Framework 2014 to download the full document.

 

The Mobile Cook Station is a fantastic new concept in teaching practical cooking to KS1 & KS2 pupils inside their own classroom. The children choose,  plan and prepare the lessons ingredients, the teacher then cooks the prepared food in front of them, demonstrating different types of cooking techniques.

Once cooked, the food can be passed around for the pupils to taste, for many of them trying new exciting textures and flavours for the first time. It gives them the chance to taste new foods, as well as teaching them to cook from healthy basic ingredients, probably one of the most important life skills they will learn.

The Mobile Cook Station

                                                                                                    Bringing the kitchen into the classroom

 

The objective of the Mobile Cook Station

  • Space saving - No need for a Food Technology Room.
  • Saving money - No need to commission and service a Food Technology Room, save many tens of thousands of pounds in each school.
  • Reducing the health and safety risks - Young children not handling hot equipment.
  • Reduced staffing levels - Not having to care for young children in a Food Technology Room when handling hot equipment.
  • Less disruption to the children - Taking the practical cooking lessons in their own classrooms.
  • Mobile - The Mobile Cook Station can be moved from class to class, room to room.
  • Multiple Mobile Cook Stations  - Different classes and key stages can teach practical cooking at the same time, not struggling to accommodate the whole school in a single Food Technology Room.
  • Versatile - Can be used for after school clubs, m.a.t.ch. workshops, children and parent groups, breakfast clubs, cookathons, fund raising and many more...

Contact: Mexa Thermal immediately on ku.oc.lamrehtaxemnull@seiriuqne or call 01744 410 438 for further information.