Tesco: a strong contender for Primary school field trips

Date Posted: 15/10/2015

While supermarket giant Tesco might not necessarily be at the top of your potential Primary school trip destination list because doing your weekly shop on a Saturday can be a chore, don’t dismiss the idea of a visit too quickly. 

What LOtC opportunities does Tesco offer schools?

This February, Tesco launched its Eat Happy Project – a commitment to improving children’s relationship with food and to teach pupils more about where their food really comes from.

The initiative aims to improve health by cutting billions of calories from food ranges, removing sweets from checkouts and raising millions for Diabetes UK.

The project was launched as new research from the Future Foundation revealed that fewer than ten percent of children achieve their five-a-day target – and in fact, more than half (52 per cent) believe potatoes count towards the total, and one in ten also count carrot cake.

Where do school trips fit into this?

As part of the project, Tesco unveiled its Farm to Fork Trails, which have been designed specifically for four to 11-year-old children to take part in.

As of July, over 250,000 children had taken part in a Farm to Fork Trail, and the ambition is to take one million of the five million Primary school children in the UK on the Farm to Fork trails before the first year of the programme is out.

The trails are available at selected locations across the UK, including factories, on farms and in supermarkets, and include practical demonstrations on where food comes from and how it is created.

They are open to every Primary school in the UK, and free to book.

What will your students do on a school trip?

The trails have been created in close working with teachers and in line with the curriculum, to offer several options for students.

On an in-store trail, teachers and organisers can expect to see pupils enjoying practical demonstrations and learning about different foods. A Farm to Fork Trail is around two hours long, and might involve anything from baking bread and tasting new fruits and vegetables to learning all about fish.

Alternatively, food suppliers across the country have opened their farms and factories to teach kids where food products originate from: for example, where milk is produced, where eggs come from and how lettuce grows.

How can you book?

Organisers need to set up a profile page for their school; then you can take a look at the Farm to Fork Trails section to find out which Tesco stores, food producers, growers and suppliers are participating in your area.

You can then contact them directly to set up your visit.

What resources are there for teachers?

A dedicated website with lesson plans, recipes and how-to videos for children, parents and teachers is available alongside the outside-the-classroom opportunities. Tesco is partnered with Sorted Food, Europe’s largest social media cooking channel to engage children with content that makes cooking fun and accessible.

89 lesson plans are available, ranging from investigating different cattle breeds and making burgers, to discussing types of breakfast cereals and keeping a breakfast diary. All of these are available to download online, and specify which age bracket each one is suitable for.

Children can also take part in Online Field Trips, which allow classes of Primary school children to talk to food producers and suppliers around the world. Through technology, classes have the opportunity to talk to banana growers in Costa Rica, through Google+ hangouts and live video chats, using Google’s Connected Classrooms.

You can find out more about Farm to Fork trails by visiting www.eathappyproject.com/farm-to-fork.

Photo credit: Olly Courtney.

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