School's innovative project praised

Eltham South Conservative Councillor Mark Elliott has joined council colleagues on an informative trip to one of Greenwich’s most innovative schools.

Charlton Manor Primary School in Kidbrooke has been a pioneer in encouraging pupils to eat healthily and has even installed a teaching kitchen at the school. Teachers use it to bring a range of subjects to life by using food and kitchen equipment as material to support learning.

For example, Year 3 were reading books by Roald Dahl. Each week the children cooked a different 'Revolting Recipe' inspired by the foods featured in his novels. It’s this sort of imaginative approach that stimulates learning.

The school also grows its own fruit and vegetables and keeps a small selection of livestock.

With obesity levels rising in our young people, your councillors are supporting the work by the Royal Borough on reversing this disturbing trend. Councillor Elliott, who sits on the Council’s Children & Young People Scrutiny Panel, said: “It’s incredibly useful to see first-hand some of the great work going on in our schools to tackle this problem. Charlton Manor Primary School is leading the way with a very determined approach to making sure that children understand and celebrate food in a positive way that helps develop healthy lifestyles.”