Why do we do cooking at Water Leys?

  • Cooking forms part of the curriculum
  • It encourages the children to become more independent and adventerous by trying different foods
  • It gives the children the confidence to learn new skills
  • Children learn the importance of hygiene and health and safety in the kitchen
  • Children are taught the correct procedures when using utensils and appliances in the kitchen
  • Children learn about healthy eating and what goes into a balanced diet
  • Children learn to plant their own produce in the school grounds
  • It is fun!
  • It supports the main curriculum subjects

How do cooking lessons support the main curriculum subjects?


  • Measuring
  • Weighing
  • Prices/Value of money


  • Speaking and Listening
  • Making hygiene and health posters
  • Making recipe booklets
  • Using books for research

Religious Education

  • Learning about and producing foods associated with different religious and cultural events such as Diwali, Vasaki, Easter, Christmas and Chinese New Year.


  • Identifying the changes when making different ingredients
  • Learning the difference between Steam and Smoke
  • Identifying solids, liquids and gases
  • Turning solids into liquids by melting
  • Using senses such as smell, taste and touch 

Design And Technology/ Art

  • Learning about presentation e.g decorating cakes and biscuits for school fundraising events
  • Making gift bags
  • Creating and designing recipe cards

Latest Cooking News

Cooking - Huge thank you to all the pupils that helped make cookies and cakes for the Easter fair, they were delicious!!