In this new Ted Talk, Jamie Oliver talks about the importance of educating children about nutrition. In one startling scene he shows various common vegetables to school children and they have no idea what they are! Definitely worth watching…
Let me share what’s happening at my school, an initiative of Greg, our visionary head! We have established a kitchen garden under the guidance of Sue, our hands-on gardening expert. Last year she worked with voluntary groups of kids who came at lunchtimes to build the garden, learn about growing things and plant a wonderful array of vegetables, fruit and herbs.
This year, in addition to the voluntary lunchtime groups (which are now oversubscribed!), the kitchen garden will be built into the curriculum. All the Year 4’s and 5’s will spend time in the kitchen garden as part of their units of inquiry. Year 5’s have already begun their inquiry into the biological and environmental considerations to be taken into account when growing plants, and the Year 4’s will explore the roles different people play in the the production of food.
In the near future, with the help of volunteers and donations, we will have a kitchen and dining room nearby too. Students will learn about nutrition, healthy eating and cooking skills, using the produce grown in their very own garden. And it eat it too!