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School resources teach children ‘farm to fork’

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams has helped launch a new range of learning materials designed to help children understand how their food gets from farm to fork and how to prepare meat as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has been working with Food and Nutrition teachers since September, providing training courses on using lamb, beef and pork in the classroom.

Research this year has given children a ‘could do better’ grade when it comes to knowledge about where their food comes from. According to a survey by the British Nutrition Foundation, 18 percent of 5-7 year olds said that fish fingers are made of chicken and one in ten 11-14 year olds do not know that carrots and potatoes grow underground.

“The launch of a new GCSE in Food and Nutrition has been the catalyst for a new range of professional development courses for teachers in this field, covering the whole of the secondary school curriculum, as well as the publication of new resources,” said HCC’s Consumer Executive Elwen Roberts.

“HCC is at the forefront of these developments, working with our colleagues across Britain in the ‘Meat and Education’ initiative, the WJEC and regional education consortia,” she added.

“I welcome these new resources that teachers can use to engage young people in learning about the food they eat” Kirsty Williams

“We’re proud to be launching our bilingual resources at the Royal Welsh Show with Kirsty Williams AM, and will make the pack available for teachers through the ‘Hwb’ site.”

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, said; “I welcome these new resources that teachers can use to engage young people in learning about the food they eat. They will drive home the importance of food in context of Welsh culture, the economy and how the food we eat impacts on our health and nutrition.”

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