Children enjoy special lesson on Cooking Bus

Burgh le Marsh Primary pupils on the cooking bus
Burgh le Marsh Primary pupils on the cooking bus

A special bus arrived at a school complete with a state of the art kitchen to serve up some super cookery classes.

Burgh le Marsh Primary pupils climbed on board The Cooking Bus to spend time creating some tasty, nutritious treats.

The bus stopped off at the school last week to provide some very special lessons for the children.

A giant articulated lorry opened out into a purpose built kitchen and classroom.

The school was the latest stop for the bus which travels across the country to deliver lessons in how to prepare and cook healthy food.

All the children at the school created dishes on the bus under the expert eye of advisory teacher Sarah Helliwell.

Year Five were cooking up a storm creating butternut squash scones and broccoli and bean salad. The kitchen was a hive of activity with the children chopping, mixing and kneading ingredients.

Nine year old Grace Day said: “I like to bake and have got a sweet tooth. I have had scones before but not with butternut squash.”

Alfie Buxton had never baked scones before and was looking forward to trying some at home.

He said: “I am making six, so there will be enough for everybody. I enjoyed putting my hands in the mix and making it in the bowl.”

Billy Parker was busy getting his dough into shape ready for the big bake off. He said: “I think the bus is cool and I hope it will come back. I learnt a lot and the best thing about the bus is all the big ovens.”

The bus is operated as part of the Focus on Food charity’s education support programme.

Year 5 teacher Angela Walton said: “The children are having a really good time and learning new skills. We have been talking in class about what is healthy to eat, which has been re-enforced on the cookery bus.

“There are fantastic links through the curriculum, writing recipes, measuring ingredients, the science of growing things, history of food and where it comes from.”