Ready, steady, cook! Kitchen helps North Elmham children with culinary skills

North Elmham Primary School has opened a new children's kitchen. Picture: Ian Burt

North Elmham Primary School has opened a new children's kitchen. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Children at North Elmham Primary School have been improving their culinary skills this term thanks to the generosity of the Dereham branch of Howdens Joinery.

North Elmham Primary School has opened a new children's kitchen. Pictured with pupils at the school

North Elmham Primary School has opened a new children's kitchen. Pictured with pupils at the school is county headteacher Doug Dale. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

On Tuesday pupils were able to show their gratitude when visited by Katherine Roberts from Howdens for an official opening of their new kitchen area.

Thanks to the lower level units the kitchen is accessible for children of all ages who have been enjoying their cookery lessons and learning about nutrition and healthy eating.

School Governor Rob Warner said: 'We are so grateful to Howdens for helping us to improve the learning environment for the children. By providing the kitchen units for free, and other items at discounted prices, Howdens made this project affordable. We also wish to thank The Garrod Partnership who fitted the kitchen over the summer holiday at minimum disruption to the school.'

The new kitchen benefits the children right across the curriculum.

North Elmham Primary School has opened a new children's kitchen. Pictured with pupils at the school

North Elmham Primary School has opened a new children's kitchen. Pictured with pupils at the school is county headteacher Doug Dale. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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In literacy they can read, write and follow instructions, recipes and packaging, in maths they can measure weight, time, and temperature and set it all in memorable context. In science they can study changes to materials and the impact of hot and cold temperatures.

The school is also planning after school cookery clubs and extra groups aimed specifically to help children who have additional needs to build their confidence and encourage team work.

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