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CookIt4B - Wednesday 1530 - 1700 in E2


"Having fun with my friends after school whilst also learning new skills." Cameron, Year 7.


"Cook-It 4 Boys" after-school club aims to provide a positive atmosphere where boys may successfully engage with enjoyable and informative cooking activities. Cooking is shown to improve numeracy, literacy, communication skills and team work; building a sense of achievement and confidence for children. We also aim to make a difference to the variety food that children are willing to try and their understanding of healthy eating.


"The recipes encourage children to be more adventurous in what they will eat its great to hear parents say, 'they'd never try that at home'." Mr Abbott


Food awareness is an important aspect of learning healthy eating habits in young children. It is likely that children exposed to a wide range of foods at an early age will eat a more varied diet in the future. Our members actively take part in devising the syllabus of dishes for the following year, as their appreciation for wider food choices develops.


"I have enjoyed my lessons here at the cooking club and have learnt a lot of skills, but at the same time made new friends and had fun!" Mark, Year 8.


Children always seem to really value the experience of being allowed to cook and for some we believe that in doing so they discover that cooking a dish is something they can actually achieve. Attending the club for these children in particular helps to increase confidence and self-esteem.


"It introduced me to new recipes for example, I never ate fish but now I enjoy making fish pie, which I would never normally eat. I have fun making and trying foods and taking them home to show friends and family." Ben, Year 10.


All members who have prepared food in a club session are given a free copy of the recipe immediately after they have prepared it. Club leaders actively encourage club members to replicate recipes and skills learnt at home. Feedback from parents is always appreciated and encouraging to hear that the skills the boys learn in CI4B stay with them beyond taking part in club sessions


"I really love cooking and find it lots of fun. I have learnt new skills and now know how to make many different dishes and have cooked for my mum and dad at home." Tom, Year 10.


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