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Food For Life


Dear Parents/Carers,

Due to the current climate a lot of our Food for Life plans/activities have been cancelled or postponed, this is disappointing as we are so close to receiving our Bronze award; however, you can help.

Please find attached a range of resources you can use at home with your children linked to Food for Life. Alternatively if you and your children have done any of the following we would love to hear, please send pictures or a short paragraph to info@westhouses.derbyshire.sch.uk

  • Done any growing or gardening
  • Cooked or baked with your children
  • Tried a new food
  • Tried to be healthy with meals/snack
  • Done something good for the environment
  • Gotten creative and made some food/growing related art

Thank you for taking the time to help with our Food for Life progress.


Food For Life

Welcome to Westhouses Primary Schools Food For Life Page. This page features all the work we are doing in association with Food For Life. 


What is Food for Life?

Food for Life brings schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, and their surrounding communities together around the core ethos of healthy, tasty and sustainable food. 


Our School Award supports schools to take a whole school approach that sees them grow their own food; organise trips to farms; provide cooking and growing clubs for pupils and their families; serve freshly prepared, well-sourced meals and provide an attractive dining environment.


Our School Award programme been shown to impact on children’s health, positively impact wider attainment, support local enterprise and tackle inequalities in local communities.


The Food For Life Page - 



"We have a clear vision that every child has a right to good, wholesome school foodand that food poverty will one day be a thing of the past."Jeanette Orrey (Co-Founder - Food for Life)





Winning our Bronze Award!

We are thrilled to announce that we have achieved our Bronze Award in Food for Life. We would like to thanks all the pupils and parents who helped us reach this.


Silver award

From September 2020 we will be working towards our silver award in Food for Life - be sure to check out the 'leaf' icons below to stay up to date on everything Food for Life. 

Bronze Award

At Westhouses we are currently working towards are Bronze Award. Check out all the stuff below that is helping us become a Bronze School! 



Food for Life action plan September 2019 – September 2020

In September 2019 we decided to implement a 'whole school approach' to Food for Life. We split the program into 6 different categories. Cooking, Growing, Farming, Multi-cultural, Healthy eating and SNAG. We then devised an action plan to help guide us for the year. 



Cooking is to continue across the whole school in each classroom linked in with the curriculum and as a stand-alone project.

A range of recipes have been designed for school and class teachers are to chose X1 recipe to cook with their class for the year. Other recipes are to be displayed on a Food for Life display and sent out in Newsletters. 

Topics that already have cooking in them are to continue throughout the year.

Afterschool club are to prep their food once a week. Once a term they will cook what they eat.


Teachers are to grow X1 ingredients from their chosen recipe with their class. (Liz from Food for Life to deliver Growing training for all staff)

JR, JT, ND are each to grow, maintain, sow and eat/sell X1 thing outside with a group of children.  

Events: Throughout the year each class will have X1 fun event linked with growing. Things like the website, Facebook and Newsletters should be utilized throughout these events. Children should also be praised for hard work in these events e.g. prizes.

  • Explorers will be hosting ‘Grandparents Gardening week’ Ange from Food for Life will be coming in to help out.
  • Philosophers will be having a Meal Barrow competition where they must design a three-course meal (growing at least 5 ingredients) and presenting it in a fun way.
  • Trailblazers will be having a sunflower growing competition where they take picture and measure their sunflowers. 




3 ticketed events are to be hosted throughout the year to encourage parents to get involved and educate children on food from around the world.

  • French breakfast morning – parents and children are invited into school early to have breakfast together (no cooking required)
  • Italian Pizza night – Parents are invited to create their own pizza and eat it together.
  • Hola Mexico – Parents are invited to come in at lunchtime and enjoy a Mexican Feast cooked by the children. 

Healthy eating and dining:

School is to introduce ‘Welcome Wednesdays’ X3 times a year where parents are invited in to dine with their children. Lunch could start earlier for this as it will be served in 2. – To be discussed with lunch staff.

Mr Nutt is to provide ‘Taster sessions’ for the children on sandwiches at lunch time to encourage them to try the school lunches.

Derbyshire County Council are to be invited in for a ‘taster session’ at the Christmas Fair where parents can try school lunches.

Juniors will implement a tuck shop that sells fruit, school grown produce and things cooked at school to the Junior students for 20p and will run every Thursday breaktime. – SNAG are to decide the name of this.



Till Christmas– To complete Pupil and Parent Questionnaires and begin to implement those ideas into school. To create something to sell at the Xmas Fair.

Miss Flint is to update the website and create a Food for Life display.


Check out the pages below to look at Food for Life in more detail.