Grange School sent sugar beet by British Sugar for project
Children spent time learning more about where their food comes from
Youngsters from the Grange Community Primary School spent time learning about where sugar comes from as part of a recent project during Fairtrade Fortnight. British Sugar provided sugar beet so the children could see the product in its original form. They even got to taste the raw product.
Within their learning the children found out about where their food came from and thought about food sustainability.
Foundation Stage teacher Mrs Idziaczek said: “During Fairtrade fortnight the children in our Early Years were introduced to foods grown around the world and Fairtrade. We learnt that we grow some of these foods in the UK and to be more sustainable we need to buy food produced more locally if possible.
“We learnt that Sugar beet can be processed into sugar. We also explored the sugar beets sent to us by our new friends at British Sugar.
“We know that sugar beet grows underground with leaves above ground, the children thought it looked a bit like a carrot, parsnip or a turnip. Some liked the taste of the raw beet but others preferred the taste of the different sugars we also tasted.”
A British Sugar spokesperson told Banbury FM: “We think it’s very important for children to learn about where their food comes from and want to support this wherever we can, so when the Grange Community Primary School contacted us about their project we were pleased to help them by sending some sugar beet.
“Sugar beet is grown by 3,000 farmers across the East of England and the East Midlands, then travels just 28 miles on average to one of our four factories to be processed into the sugar we might use in our baking or hot drinks.”
Mrs Idziaczek added: “We love discovering where our food comes from and being able to show the children visually, unusual crops or crops in their raw form, enhances their field to fork learning.”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam