Food for thought at Dunhurst

Posted on 17th October 2018

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.

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