We Can Cook is a new hands-on cooking programme for primary school children, introducing them to the fun of creating and tasting delicious food.
Over three progressive sessions, an entire class creates simple, tasty dishes, gaining skills and confidence in the kitchen, whilst trying different fruits and vegetables and learning about their nutritional benefits. Teachers are welcome to join in too, building up ideas for more cooking with their pupils, even after the project is finished.
The programme is currently open to primary schools in Islington, Camden and Croydon (with over 35% free school meals eligibility) and is suitable for Key Stage 2 children.
Each session with our Food Teacher Sharon has been designed to build up the children’s cooking knowledge, step-by-step. The free programme features:
Three practical cooking sessions with the same class of children
No cooking room necessary
All ingredients are provided
Introduces children to new recipes and ingredients
Builds teachers’ skills and confidence to lead cooking sessions
In this opening session, children will explore colourful foods, their origins and how eating them contributes to a balanced diet. This session is designed to spark their curiosity through simple food preparation and help them become confident, adventurous and healthy eaters.
Session two: Let’s get cooking!
This session focuses on developing practical food preparation skills, as pupils and teachers work together in small groups to prepare simple recipes. These recipes incorporate both familiar and new exciting ingredients, encouraging children to expand their palate. Recipes will include exotic fruits, grains, spices or fresh vegetables to create dishes like seasonal salads.
Session three: Create a cooking masterpiece
The final session is about creating a lasting impact on the children’s relationship with food. Building on their new-found knowledge and skills, they work together in groups to tackle slightly more complex recipes, such as pizza or pasta. This session promotes a sense of independence, accomplishment, and the pleasure of sharing self-prepared meals.