We receive a huge amount of very positive feedback from our early years settings, primary schools and local council partners. Below are a small number of recent case studies detailing how some schools and early years settings are implementing the PhunkyFoods Programme.
Charlene Carrett, PSHE Leader at Pegasus Academy Trust, CROYDON (1600 pupils across 4 schools)
We became involved with the PhunkyFoods Programme because we were missing a nutrition scheme of work and we wanted to teach more food related topics. We wanted our children to have a better understanding of how to live a healthy lifestyle. We have been running the PhunkyFoods Programme for one year now. All staff members were trained during an inset day and since then we have delivered parent workshops, assemblies, children’s food workshops and we have also used the resources and lesson plans during class work. The pupils are really benefiting from the PhunkyFoods Programme and they are now able to make and discuss healthy choices; they enjoy talking about food and can make healthy snacks. Our results in health and self-care in Reception have definitely increased this year as we placed a greater emphasis on PhunkyFoods in Reception. The Reception children are very articulate about discussing healthy eating and the benefits. We recently took part in food growing and sold our vegetables at a local market and we also involve parents in the programme through parent workshops. Moving forward we are working on supporting the Juniors more. The Juniors have topics and we would like them to incorporate the PhunkyFoods lesson plans through their topic work.
Nicola Hutchinson, Teacher and Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator at Elland CE Primary School, HALIFAX (205 pupils)
We started the PhunkyFoods Programme in order to gain more knowledge and training on how to deliver healthy lifestyle messages to children. We already had cooking and planting vegetables up and running in our school but we wanted to give children more of an insight into nutrition and the importance of looking after ourselves. We have been running the PhunkyFoods Programme for a term and a half. We have implemented PhunkyFoods lessons as part of our PSHCE lessons and PhunkyFoods PE lessons for Key Stage One. Every class used the Phunky15 during healthy eating week. We have also had our local PhunkyFoods Community Support Worker, Helena, come into our school and deliver assemblies, worked with every class in the school during healthy eating week and supported us in our parent cooking workshop.
We have found PhunkyFoods to be a fun and exciting way to engage children with healthy eating. There are plenty of resources and no planning needed for teachers or TAs as it is all done for you. And pupils are given quality lessons with appropriate and fun resources. Since starting PhunkyFoods I have found that staff are more willing to deliver a healthy lifestyles lesson, children are making healthier choices at lunchtime and pupils are more aware of how to keep themselves healthy.
Connie Griffin, PSCHE Coordinator and Year 5/6 Teacher at Holy Cross CE Primary School, EAST SUSSEX.
We started the PhunkyFoods programme as we wanted to achieve healthy schools status. Health had slipped and children were bringing in and buying unhealthy snacks in school. We wanted to make a change.
We’ve been running the Phunkyfoods programme for 9 months now and using a whole school approach. We’ve also been running a PhunkyClub since January 2016. We think it’s important to get these messages across to the children, to help change their ways and habits and to encourage them to exercise, eat breakfast and have more energy.
Since carrying out the health check with our PhunkyFoods Community Support Worker, Georgina, we have made significant changes over the past nine months: we have transformed the dining environment and seen real changes in behaviour and levels of noise; we now only have healthy snacks in school and our children are having more opportunities to cook and prepare healthy, savoury recipes. We have developed our links with community partners and parents and this all culminated in a healthy school picnic that everyone enjoyed. We are starting to see changes and get really positive feedback from parents who say that their children are making healthier choices and doing more physical activity.
The resources are educational, easy to use and there’s a wealth of information at the tap of a button. The Programme has been a real success this year and we look forward to taking it further next year.
Julie Baines, Principal Teacher at Forehill Primary School, GIRVAN (540 pupils).
Over the past two years teachers have been using the PhunkyFoods resource pack in school and PhunkyFoods online resources to supplement teaching and learning within topics they are currently delivering. The children have enjoyed taking part in a variety of activities. The programme provides high quality resources which help, teachers and pupils to engage with effective teaching and learning e.g. Primary 2 pupils as part of a shares learning afternoon with their parents loved creating the toppings for their bagels as set out in one of your lessons. During this time I worked with a child who does not like food and has great difficulty when it comes to lunchtime. I was delighted when he happily engaged in the bagel activity and went on to stun us all by eating what he made. He was eager to complete a follow up functional writing task about what he made. It was the first time we had heard the child say “I can do it”.
The Drain Your Drinks Assembly delivered by Connor form PhunkyFoods was excellent. The children were animated and keen to participate throughout the delivery of the presentation. It facilitated great follow up discussions in the class with many children going home to share the information with their parents. One child at the school youth club that evening told me that he decided that he bought a bottle of water to drink instead of his usual carton of juice as it was better for him.
Fran Simpson, Head of School at Parkland Infant School, EAST SUSSEX (180 pupils).
We joined the PhunkyFoods programme in September 2015 to develop our healthy lifestyle work in school. Our Community Support Worker, Georgina, came into school to deliver some training on the programme which we then cascaded to all staff in both schools. A member of staff from our Junior school also attended the full PhunkyFoods training day.
We took part in a health check in January 2016 which was reviewed in June 2016. As a result of the health check, we drafted a new school food policy, arranged a farm visit for Year 1 and introduced staff eating with the children at lunchtimes. We set up a summer sports and summer holiday project, a food tasting project for International Food Day and a growing project plus a new reward system connected to making healthy choices.
The health check was a fantastic tool and together with a lot of effort from staff, we have made big changes in the quality of our teaching and learning on healthy lifestyles.
In our breakfast club, we now have fresh fruit everyday and the staff, who also use the PhunkyFoods website resources, made the ‘Supercrunch’ dish with the children. We have also worked to improve the quality of packed lunches.
This term we have been working with parents to get the key messages across. We have shared the resources on the website with them and we add a PhunkyFoods recipe to our newsletter every week. This term we held two workshops for parents and their children on the themes of healthy lunchboxes and getting active and in September 2016 we are introducing a parent/child aerobics and relaxation course.
Nikki Hall, Teacher and Design & Technology Subject Leader at Kingmoor Nursery & Infant School, CARLISLE (240 pupils).
Through analysis of teaching and learning in Design Technology throughout our school and with the introduction of the new curriculum which emphasised the importance of teaching children skills which relate to cooking and healthy eating we decided that, as a priority over the year, we would focus on developing our whole school cooking programme. We selected the PhunkyFoods programme because unlike other programmes offered we were given leadership and support from Gill our local PhunkyFoods coordinator. As the in school leader of the programme this was invaluable as it not only gave me the confidence to deliver the programme to staff within the school it also gave me the opportunity to contact Gill and ask questions, request support and network ideas. Our success with the PhunkyFoods programme over the last year has been down to the support, advice and communication provided by Gill.
The Programme was purchased and soon after our school received the PhunkyFoods box of resources. Gill contacted the school to offer guidance on how to begin to implement the programme here at Kingmoor Nursery and infant school. A meeting was arranged where Gill helped me to complete an action plan and advised me of how she can help further develop the programme in our school. Through my initial meeting with Gill the following training days took place: A whole school staff meeting to introduce the PhunkyFoods programme- Gill attended this meeting and showcased the programme and resources available. She answered staff questions and provided us with unique ideas on how to engage our children and parents. All staff commented on how enthusiastic, knowledgeable and willing Gill was to help our school get the most out of the programme. Three training days for Teaching Assistants then took place. Gill planned activities which suited children in Foundation stage, Year 1 and Year 2. She delivered lessons throughout the school where teaching assistants were able to observe good practice and then have a go at delivering a cooking lesson themselves. She answered questions and showed staff how to use the resources and PhunkyFoods website.
From September to date our school has implemented the following:
- All staff now are aware of the cooking skills which are to be developed. Planning is supported by the PhunkyFoods website.
- Cooking resources were audited and new cooking equipment was purchased.
- School trips were booked which focused on cooking and healthy eating.
- We created a whole school cooking policy which was shared with staff a governors.
- Cross Curricular cooking opportunities were planned e.g. Fair trade cooking event, fundraising cooking etc.
- Planning for an afterschool cooking club has been completed and is set for starting in September.
- Homework opportunities linked to PhunkyFoods.
Since starting PhunkyFoods our pupils have increased in their ability to carry out basic cooking skills such as cutting, spreading, weighing etc. They are more aware of healthy eating choices and their knowledge and understanding of key healthy eating messages such as “five a day” and the “healthy eating plate” have improved tenfold. The children are more enthusiastic towards cooking lessons and their engagement has also increased. Children are now more involved and independent due to the improvement of planning. Children are now more willing to try new foods at lunch times and more children are attempting to eat salad and vegetables. Savoury recipes which are completed in class are sent home to parents so that learning can be shared. Homework which encourages children to practice basic cooking skills at home has also been a great success.
Asma Rehman, Family & Community Learning Coordinator at Anglesey Primary Academy, Burton-upon-Trent (628 pupils).
We signed up to the Phunkyfoods programme in September 2013. Our reasons behind starting the programme were to inform parents and children of the importance of healthy eating and to encourage parents to improve their own skills in low cost but healthy food preparation. Initially we embedded the Phunkyfoods programme into our objectives for our Family Learning provision. This involved a course of 7 parent workshops developed in partnership with our Community Support Worker covering: hydration/sugar in drinks, the importance of breakfast, school lunch and lunchbox ideas, 5 a day and getting active. Each workshop concluded with a family learning element where children joined parents to cook & eat a healthy snack. The family learning element has been the highlight of our course. We have managed to engage parents and children's interest in a fun and enjoyable way. Pupils have been able to try a variety of healthy foods and snacks which they don't normally eat and parent feedback has suggested children are now more open to trying new foods at home. At the start of the course many of the parents suggested 'there is no way my child will eat that'. As the course has progressed all children have tried and enjoyed many of the foods on offer. By some, the recipes have then been replicated at home. We are fortunate to have facilities and a member of staff dedicated for this purpose. However, all schools could develop the programme through lessons and by utilising the parent workshop session materials. We are now looking to develop a whole school approach to Phunkyfoods which will also involve dinner staff playing a key role in the promotion of healthy eating and lunchtime rewards.