Cookery on the menu for Oakwood School curriculum

Monday 25th September 2017

Budding Mary Berrys and Jamie Olivers at Oakwood School have a brand-new food technology classroom to cook up a storm in. The new facility, funded by the Friends of Oakwood, has been launched as part of an exciting ‘Creative Carousel’ of learning for 7-11 year olds at the school, which includes a whole raft of activities, such as ceramics, drama, art, textiles and environmental interests. The new room is also being used for an extra-curricular club, Cookery Capers, which sees children’s families enjoying regular take-home creations of everything from soup to scones. Even the littlest ones at Oakwood’s Nursery and Pre-Prep aged from 2 ½ to 7, are getting the chance to create culinary magic.

“While Oakwood has a reputation for academic and sporting excellence, we also know how important it is to inspire children’s natural curiosity and life-learning skills in as wide a breadth of subjects as possible,” says Clare Bradbury, Head Teacher.  

This year’s ISI inspectors’ report saw Oakwood receive the highest gradings in all areas, stating that “the school was highly successful in fulfilling its aim of offering a broad, creative curriculum that challenges and engages.”

Mrs Bradbury adds, “Each of our ‘Creative Carousel’ lessons takes place with very small groups of pupils, giving every child the opportunity to extend the creative side of their learning.

“Food tech lessons give children mathematical skills and technical knowledge when they use our state-of-the-art appliances to weigh and work out ingredients. They also link the art of cooking and nutrition to being active, playing well and working hard inside and outside of the traditional curriculum – with the bonus of making something delicious at the end!”

Plans for the new facility include more charity fundraisers alongside the annual Oakwood Bake-Off, involving parents in cookery demonstrations, and the possible launch of a community café in the future.