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Cooking and the curriculum

At Westhouses we link cooking to different topics so children continue to cook throughout their whole time at school. 


Explorers 'Rainbow Recipes' - Children create a colourful creations e.g. fruit salad or pizza. 'Festivals' - Children make pancakes in line with pancake day and write instructions on how to do this. Warburtons workshop - the children learn about where bread comes from and how to make it.
Philosophers 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' - Children cook a quiche using local and seasonal produce. This is followed by a workshop link to fairtrade food. 

'Bronze age and Iron age' - Children cook bread/oat cakes.




Warburtons workshop - the children learn about where bread comes from and how to make it.
Trailblazers 'Hola Mexico' - Children chose, design and cook a range of Mexican dishes and invite parents in to share them. 

'World War'

Children learn about rations and take part in 'Dig for Victory' where they grow their own food and create War inspired meals. 


Warburtons workshop - the children learn about where bread comes from and how to make it.



Lessons linked directly to cooking

Each year our class teachers chose one recipe to make with their class. This recipe has to include at least one thing the class has grown in school. Children then get to take their creations home to enjoy with the whole family. 


Why not try making them at home? Check out all our children friendly recipes below. 


Remember to send your pictures into the school office if you make any of our recipes at home, this really helps us achieve our awards! 

Little Explorers enjoy some Easter treats! 


KS1 have had a great time making pancakes in school. Using their amazing maths skills to work out how much ingredients they needed.


Creative play - what goes on a pizza? 

Little Explorers. 

Cooking with fire

Philosophers have been learning how to cook with fire in Forest Schools. 

Baking bread

The Philosopher children who have been in school have been learning how to follow instructions and make bread! 


Food and Mood


Eating well can make all the difference to our mental health. Some foods affect our brain chemistry, others contain nutrients that support happy hormones - find out more in our simple resource. Try one of Jamie Oliver’s simple recipes - perfect for cooking with children in school or at home.


Pizza making

Our Little Explorers have been hard at work making their very own pizza's (all part of their healthy eating lessons)

Stone cake

Little Explorers have been getting messy outdoors learning how to follow instructions and making (not so yummy) stone cakes! 

Hedgehogs, butterfly, snails & caterpillars

Our children in school have made animal themed bread and yummy pizzas, they had so much making their animals. 

Homemade chocolate

The children in school have made their very own yummy chocolates and create boxes to take them home in! 

More baking at home

Mason, Emmi & Corey have been hard at work baking some yummy biscuits - well done guys! 

Baking from home

A massive well done to Grace who baked a lemon cake and some chocolate cakes, they look yummy!

Cooking for the family

Emmi has made Chinese style food for her whole family to try - well done Emmi! 

Friends of Westhouses 

We are currently trying to get parents more involved in food at school. We are delighted to invite them to a pancake after-school club, to enjoy socialising with their children and other parents. 

Cooking at home

Thank you to everyone that tried out our recipes at home, we think they look yummy!! 

Baking for good causes 

Well done to all of EYFS for making cakes to raise money for an animal charity. A big thank you to Mrs Salt who helped and Mr Cox's partner for baking some cakes at home to sell. 

Triple fruit cookies

Our SNAG team got to make one of school recipes on Friday to sell at our Christmas Fair. The children got to measure out and bake the recipe with the help of Mrs Russell and the cookies where a huge success! We also gave away FREE recipe books with all our child friendly ideas in! 

Dig for Victory

As part of Trailblazer's (our year5/6 class) topic this term the class hosted a WW2 day where children dressed in traditional clothing and created authentic meals based on the time period. The children grew most of the ingredients themselves in the schools grounds and they really enjoyed making food from harvesting to cooking. This really helped the children understand rationing and how important it was to grow your own food in War time England. 


Philosophers has such a good time yesterday working with the Co-op. They learnt all about fair-trade food and got to make some yummy looking quiches!

Bread Making

Explorers (Reception class) have had a great time making bread with Mrs Tucker - They have been reading a story all about making bread!


Oat cakes

Philosophers have been busy making oat cakes for their current topic 'Anglo-Saxons'. 



Gruffalo crumble

For world book day Mrs Salt's workshop looked at 'The Gruffalo', the children got to make some yummy Gruffalo crumble. 


Explorer's make some bread

Explorers had Warburtons in their class today making bread with them! Mrs Coupe looked amazing!