Tannadice Primary School celebrated World Book Day last Thursday with a Books for Cooks Event all about oats.
The event has come about as a result of the older pupils interest in local food and oats in particular. This was stimulated when some of the school’s pupils took part in the RHET ACI Farmhouse Breakfast Initiative last year. Fun and games on the day also raised funds for the charity Mary’s Meals - a global movement that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.
The whole school took part in the event which was the brainchild of Tannadice Head Teacher Mrs Wallace and the older pupils at the school. There was bashing the pinata, a Bowl and Roll where pupils will bowled at oat filled plastic bottle skittles and a treasure hunt.
After morning break RHET ACI Chairman Bruce Christie talked about how he grows oats as farm manager for Dalhousie Estate near Brechin. He took the children through the life of an oat, from sowing in the ground to being harvested and used in the products we can buy in the shops.
Carol Littlewood, RHET ACI Project Co-ordinator, supervised the children grinding oats into oatmeal using old fashioned grinding stones and the children also be designed packaging for a new oat cereal.
There was a cake and candy stall with an oat theme, profits from which will be donated to Mary’s Meals.
The nursery class was not left out as, with Mrs Fiona Dawson, Catering Adviser for Angus Council Education Department, they made fruity flapjacks.
Head Teacher Mrs Wallace said: “The P6/7 class had been extremely creative in planning, preparing and organising this ‘Books for Cooks’ event for the whole school. Having their efforts supported and enhanced by local experts has made the world of work learning experience even more powerful for them, whilst also raising money for a very worthy cause.”