Food for thought at Dunhurst
Pupils at Bedales Prep school, Dunhurst, were given food for thought last week when they learned how to stay healthy in their Science lessons.
Group 2 (Year 5) pupils at the school looked at the five food groups – carbohydrates, proteins, dairy, fruit and vegetables, and fats – before investigating how much of these were in the foods they frequently ate.
Dunhurst librarian Gill Manklow explained that a particularly interesting aspect of the lesson was discovering how much sugar was hidden in food.
She said: “We had an exciting time looking at sugar and measuring it out. Seeing it ‘for real’ was eye-opening. It was lurking everywhere.”
After gathering their findings, pupils concocted their own smoothies, aiming to include something from each of the food groups – with interesting results.
The lessons come ahead of Sugar Awareness Week on 12-18 November, which Dunhurst plans to celebrate in style after Head Chef Matt Potts slashed sugar content in school meals by 50 percent.
A coffee morning with low sugar alternatives to typically sugar-laden cake and biscuits, an informative school assembly, an after-school cookery club event for boarders and a Christmas cookery workshop for parents are among the events planned for the week.