1. ITV Report

Norwich schoolchildren pilot scheme to put food and farming on the curriculum

Children at Mile Cross Primary School do some weeding at launch of Countryside Classroom scheme Photo: ITV News Anglia

School children in Norwich have swapped classroom for countryside as part of new scheme to put food and farming on the curriculum.

Mile Cross Primary School is the first in our region to sign up to Countryside Classroom, an initiative designed to help schools better educate children about food, farmimg and the natural environment.

Pupils at Mile Cross Primary planting seeds Credit: ITV News Anglia

Local chefs joined forces with farmers to teach the children a thing or two about where their food comes from. The children took part in a range of activities including cheese making, fruit juicing, bread baking and seed sowing.

It's hoped that by understanding more about where food comes from, children will be better equipped to make healthy decisions about what they eat.

Pupils at Mile Cross Primary learn about fruit and vegetables Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We have a big vision for Countryside Classroom, we want it to become the trusted place that teachers and schools go to access all they need relating to food, farming and the natural environment. We collectively want to play our part in educating children and supporting schools to share interactive, up to date and quality resources.

You can see how eager these pupils from Mile Cross are to learn about where their food comes from, how food is grown and prepared and to engage with the natural environment. They are having fun, getting their hands dirty and having an experience they will remember."

– Dan Corlett, CEO, Countryside Classroom

Click below to watch the full report from Chloe Keedy.