Teaching Practical Cooking in Primary School, While Keeping Children Safe

 

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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

 

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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.

How to teach Practical Cooking without a Food Technology Room

 

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Primary Schools without Food Technology Rooms?

Practical Cooking will become  part of the New Nation Curriculum  in September 2014 for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3. Whereas most of the Secondary Schools have existing Food Technology Rooms, many 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.

Primary School Classroom – Practical Cooking Mobile Oven, Hob and Refrigerator.

 

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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.

With prices starting at only £3,445, 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.

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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

 

 

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

Practical Cooking in the Primary School Classroom KS1 & KS2

 

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As you are probably aware, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP (Secretary of State for Education) announced changes to the National Curriculum from September 2014.

All KS1 & KS2 pupils will be given this incredible opportunity to learn Practical Cooking. This is a fundamental skill that every person should master, cooking from basic ingredients is at the heart of tackling obesity and will enable future generations to understand food, diet and nutrition, putting together healthy meals for their entire lives.

Cooking is an essential skill to enable young people to take healthy actions to improve their health. The New National Curriculum is designed to develop the understanding of what constitutes a healthy diet, give pupils the skills and knowledge to make healthier food choices and establish life-long healthy eating habits.

 

Bringing the kitchen into the classroom

 

The Mobile Cook Station

 

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 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.

 

New National Curriculum 2014 – Practical Cooking

 

Special Offer

 

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.