This month pupils across three East London primaries have been testing out their baking skills as part of a fun Bake Off inspired challenge.
Taking their lead from popular Channel Four television show “The Great British Bake Off”, pupils, staff and families at Goresbrook School, Walthamstow Primary Academy and Winston Way Primary Academy teamed up for a tri-school cooking competition. All three are part of national group of schools United Learning.
Participants had two weeks to create a dish and submit a photo of it, with prizes on offer for the winning class at each academy, the top entry by a teacher and the best home baking entry. By joining forces, pupils across the three schools were able to learn from one another’s creations and inspire each other to get involved in the Group challenge, no matter their cooking experience or ability.
The academies worked together to decide the competition winners, with each academy’s School Council given the honour of selecting another school’s winning class entry. In Friday assemblies the winners were presented with commendations, rosettes and a certificate to display on the outside of their classroom door. Taking home the top prizes were Year 5 at Goresbrook School for their fantastic filo pastry parcels, Year 2 at Walthamstow Primary Academy for their rich chocolate brownies and Year 2 at Winston Way Primary Academy for their delicious cupcakes.
As well as being a fun and exciting collaboration, the Bake Off complemented the work being done by pupils inside the classroom as part of their curriculum learning. The children learnt about the ingredients needed to make different dishes, how to calculate and stick to a budget, and how to weigh out certain items. They also developed their reading, writing and communication skills, through tasks that included filming advertisements to describe their dishes and writing letters to the school council explaining why their entry should win.
Giving pupils the opportunity to take part in new and challenging experiences like this and equipping them with the practical skills and knowledge they need is all part of providing an Education with Character – something that all three academies strive to deliver as part of United Learning.
Dave Ellison, Executive Principal at Goresbrook School and Winston Way Primary Academy, said:
“Congratulations to all pupils, staff and parents on a very successful Bake Off. It is testament to the dedication and creativity of everyone involved that such a wide range of impressive entries were produced. It was fantastic to see the smiles on everyone’s faces as they enjoyed trying something new and sharing what they’d learnt and created.
“What was particularly pleasing was that the competition gave pupils from three academies across our Group the opportunity to come together, inspire one another, and celebrate everyone’s achievements. We look forward to working together on more exiting challenges in the future.”