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Healthy breakfast workshops in West Berkshire primary schools thanks to Newbury and District Agricultural Society





Buttercup the wooden cow has been back in West Berkshire schools, helping to spread the word about healthy breakfasts.

Education officer at the Newbury and District Agricultural Society Jan Murray has been taking her trusty sidekick along to a number of breakfast club events at primary schools across the district.

Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society
Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society
Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society
Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society

“The breakfast workshops all went smoothly,” she said. “Approximately 400 children and staff have not just been educated about the importance of a daily healthy breakfast, but enthused about the smoothies and porridge they helped make and tasted.

“Many are now keen to introduce these into their daily routines.”

Pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School, Springfield Primary School, Elstree School and Enborne Primary School all took part in the exciting annual initiative.

This is the 14th year of the popular event, which is run over the course of three weeks in January, and over the years thousands of primary school pupils have been taught the importance of a healthy breakfast.

The workshops give children the chance to learn how to milk the cow, they get to help make porridge and smoothies and then they also get to plant their own little pot of seeds.

They can plant either oats, which help make the porridge; wheat, which are in other cereals; or barley, which the children are told is used by the farmer to feed the cows.

Enborne School enjoy the NADAS breakfast workshop
Enborne School enjoy the NADAS breakfast workshop

Mrs Murray said the aim of the mornings is to teach children that not only is porridge very healthy and nutritious, but it’s very cheap too.

It also teaches them that breakfast helps them concentrate throughout the day, she added.

The society runs a number of educational workshops and events throughout the year, including potato challenges, events for British Sausage Week – where pupils get to meet Buttercup’s friend, Rasher the wooden pig, and autumn-themed activities.

The society also runs a cookery school and debating challenge for secondary pupils and the annual Ploughing Match includes a number of events aimed at children.

Making breakfast smoothies at St Joseph’s School
Making breakfast smoothies at St Joseph’s School
Making breakfast smoothies at St Joseph’s School
Making breakfast smoothies at St Joseph’s School
Making breakfast smoothies at St Joseph’s School
Making breakfast smoothies at St Joseph’s School

The first round of the debating competition also took plaec at Little Heath School on January 24.

For this round the students debated a topic around the theme of The place of the vegan diet in agriculture’.

Three teams took part in this round, with two – Kennet School and Little Heath School – returning for the final on March 6, where they will debate the theme of ‘organic farming’.

Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society
Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society
Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society
Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society
Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society
Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society
Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society
Elstree pupils enjoying their breakfast workshop by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society

“The first round of the debating competition saw three teams of very articulate young people present thoroughly researched and detailed arguments for and against the place of veganism in agriculture,” added Mrs Murray.

“It was a privilege to listen to them.

“The Newbury and District Agricultural Society are grateful to Little Heath School for hosting this year's competition and making everyone feel welcome.”



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