Cooking up some handy life skills

Open Futures Children's Conference held at Airedale Junior school.'Alfie Lunn and Tamika Senior during 'Cook It''p312a328
Open Futures Children's Conference held at Airedale Junior school.'Alfie Lunn and Tamika Senior during 'Cook It''p312a328
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Pupils from five primary schools got their aprons dirty when they crafted a lunch fit for a king during hands-on workshops.

Students from Oyster Park Primary School, Airedale Juniors, Airedale Infants, Willow Green Academy and Knottingley St Botolph’s Academy all took part in an ‘Open Futures’ event last week.

Youngsters got to grips with the basics in cooking and gardening as well as taking part in a session to developing their verbal skills.

Tina Reynolds, who led the ‘Cook It’ workshop, said: “We had different workshops to teach children different skills.

“Instead of just English and maths, we’re teaching them about growing things in the garden and how to use knives in the kitchen safely.”

Children whipped up a lunch of cucumber and ham sandwiches, followed by scones, strawberries and cream.

Mrs Reynolds added: “They were learning how to cut up fruit and vegetables and also learning about hygiene, such as washing their hands before preparing food.

“They loved it and the children across all five schools were brilliant, every child enjoyed it.”