First build your oven ... then bake enough pizza for 400 children

October 27 2017

BUDDING chefs from Barley Close Primary School in Mangotsfield have been putting their cooking skills to the test after getting their very own pizza oven.

BUDDING chefs from Barley Close Primary School in Mangotsfield have been putting their cooking skills to the test after getting their very own pizza oven.

The school, which views cookery as an important life skill, purchased the oven with a grant from the Department for Education to enhance its forest school provision.

Pupils, as well as tots from the school's nursery, helped build the wood-fired cob oven when they were visited for the week by Matthew Lloyd from the Fabulous Cob Oven Company. 

But the best was yet to come - the youngsters spent the whole of the Friday cooking pizzas to feed all 400 children.

Headteacher Jo Williams said: "Our school strongly believes in making learning fun and real. We like to promote healthy lifestyles and life-skills for when the children are older, as well as covering the objectives of the National Curriculum. The pizza oven allowed all of this to happen: design and technology - making the pizza oven; maths - weighing the ingredients; English - writing about it; geography - soil types and finally cooking. The children loved learning outside, getting dirty, working as a team and seeing the end results within a week. Another memory made!"