Youngsters at a Boston primary school rolled up their sleeves yesterday (Tuesday) and got stuck in to learning all about healthy eating and how vegetables grow.
St Thomas’ Primary Schoolon Wyberton Low Road is the latest school to sign up for the Freshtime Fun Club, an educational project run by local fresh food producer Freshtime UK.
The scheme aims to encourage healthy eating and teach Lincolnshire children about the food that’s grown on their doorstep.
The project, now in its second year, was launched on Tuesday 19th May and attended by around 180 pupils, as part of a whole term of vegetable-related activities.
Head of Agronomy Mel Miles was on hand with a grocer’s box full of vegetables to test the children’s knowledge, from sweet potato and cauliflower to less familiar varieties such as okra, leeks and radishes.
Following the introduction Year 2 took part in a planting session, with Mel on hand to encourage and guide them. Each pupil helped sow carrot, kale or spinach seeds, which they will replant in the school’s reflective garden when the weather improves.
Mel said: “I was impressed by how many of the pupils were able to correctly identify the different vegetables and the care the Year 2 classes took in helping me plant up the seeds.”
Later this term Year 3 pupils will be challenged to create a healthy new product complete with packaging and an advertising campaign. Year 6 pupils will go one step further by creating a food product which they will market to parents, teachers and other pupils.
Each of the products created by Year 6 pupils will compete in an Apprentice-style competition, with
Freshtime representatives selecting the winning product.
“The children really enjoyed meeting the visitors from Freshtime! they were delighted with their Fun Club goodies and can’t wait to get started on their activities!” said Alison Smith, Year 3 Teacher at St Thomas’ Primary School.
Members of the Freshtime Fun Club received balloons, bookmarks, badges and the first of three monthly activity sheets.
Freshtime Managing Director Mark Newton, who visited the school for the launch on Tuesday, said: â€œIt was wonderful to meet such an energetic and knowledgeable group of children, who are clearly enthusiastic about the activities we’ve got coming up this term.
“We’re going to have a lot of fun helping them make links between the vegetables in the fields nearby and the food on their plate.”