Pupils at village school keep fit with healthy eating

Cogenhoe Primary School
Cogenhoe Primary School

Healthy eating and keep fit were top of the timetable for pupils at Cogenhoe Primary School as a healthy eating week was on the menu.

All the students and staff took part in the Healthy Child Initiative organised by Northamptonshire County Council.

Pupils started each day with a stroll to school with a walking bus but healthy lifestyles didn’t stop at the school gates. Each class had hands-on sessions with a local chef helping to make salads, salsa and fresh pasta.

Pupils came face-to-face with unusual fruit and vegetables in their lessons covering nutrition and what makes a healthy diet.

Teaching the children about food’s journey from farm to fork was a farmer who, appropriately, travelled to school on a tractor.

As well as discovering healthy foods, pupils were kept on their toes with fitness classes provided by a Zumba teacher and a ‘Zuu’ expert who put pupils and staff through their paces in the new high intensity workout regime.

Each lunch break teachers led a whole school interactive dance session to get the children’s hearts racing.

Using the knowledge they had gained, pupils participated in ‘The Cogenhoe Healthy Bake Off’, a competition to find healthy but tasty recipes.

The enviable task to taste the cakes fell to the school council members, after the whole school had voted for their favourites.

Cakes that were left over were sold, raising nearly £130 to be put towards buying cooking equipment for the school to set up a cookery club next term.

Headteacher Caroline Stewart said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the week and we are very much looking forward to exploring aspects further, implementing them into daily life at Cogenhoe Primary School to benefit all our children.

“The atmosphere was absolutely buzzing and has inspired our children. We will be continuing to promote healthy lifestyles, emotional well-being and physical health throughout the school year.”

A charity recipe book of the children’s favourite family dishes will go on sale.