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Comments from some of the thousands of children, teachers and bakers who have taken part in the Real bread Campaign's Lessons in Loaf scheme.
As of April 2012, the Campaign has helped to encourage Real Bread skills to be taught to over three and a half thousand children at more than eighty schools around Britain.
Here are the Lessons in Loaf of which we know so far.
The list gives the name of the bakery/organisation, the person sharing Real Bread skills, the county in which the lesson took place, the name of the school and the number of children taught.
Lessons in Loaf may well have been taught in many more schools from which we have not yet received feedback as:
If you want to add your school/bakery's Lessons in Loaf to our roll of honour, please email us with the details.
In addition, Campaign member Martin Prior of White Brick Oven in Selangor, Malaysia regularly passing on Real bread skills to local school children. In April 2011, he taught more than 150 as part of Earth Day celebrations.
The scheme continues but here are some comments from just a very small number of the children, teachers and bakers who have taken part so far.
We made Katie's pizza, calzone and rolls TODAY!!! with 12 six-year olds. Another 18 children tomorrow...and 60 to go!
Jackie Jenkins, Wolverham Primary School, Ellesmere Port, April 2012
I was asking the children today if any of them have made bread at home since we made it at school and I had at least 7 or 8 hands, which was encouraging as I've only got 21 in the class!
Mrs Griffiths from Takeley Primary School, Essex, April 2012
It’s important for children to experience Real Bread rather than some of the supermarket brands. It’s also important for them to learn how bread is made and ingredients are used. This has been an absolutely brilliant experience for children that ordinarily they may not have received.
Sarah Rickayzen, Year 5 teacher, Shepherd School, Rickmansworth, March 2012
We ran the roll making as a D&T project and incorporated some of the Lessons in Loaf ideas. We were able to get fresh (free!) yeast from our local supermarket. We ran it over the three Year 3/4 classes so a total of 64 children were involved. In addition, last half term, the Year 5/6 classes made pizza using Katie's recipe. So, all in all, over 130 children have made a Real Bread of some sort since my inspiring training in London.
Mrs Griffiths from Takeley Primary School, Essex, March 2012
My name is Logan. I go to takerly primary school. You taught my teacher Mrs Griffiths about real bread. She told us how to make bread because of you.. Here's a photo of me kneading the dough.
I now know the four ingredients used to make bread it is flour, yeast, water, salt. I really like bread, especially the bread we made at school. I want to make bread at home with my mum. From Morgan
Thankyou for teaching MrsGriffiths how to make bread. It was delicious and now we can make bread whenever we want!!
Thankyou so much!! This is a picture of me loving the dough. from Harry K.
I enjoyed doing my bread rolls. We brought our toppings in- my one was cheese. It was very fun. This is a photo of me loving the dough. from Jamie.
Thank you for teaching Mrs Griffiths to macke bread so she could teach me. We made it yesterday and it was YUMMY!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here is a photo of me loving the dough. FROM THOMAS F T
At school we made bread, I put dried mango and poppy seeds in it. I gave some to my mum, dad, my two brothers and my neice and they all loved them. Thank you for teaching Mrs Griffiths to make such fantastic bread. Here is a photo of me shaping my rolls. From Tilly
Pupils from Takeley Primary School, Essex, March 2012
'By the way, you'll be teaching sixteen children, not twelve. Oh, and we can't get the gas in the school kitchen ovens to turn on.' These were the words that greeted Helen Carey of the Soil Association and me upon arrival at Poplar School in Merton to teach some pupils to bake Real Bread. Thankfully, we found someone to sort out the gas supply and the class went brilliantly. Even the chap who either missed pretty much every instruction I gave (or chose to treat them as optional suggestions) managed to turn out a loaf of which any baker would be proud. The following morning, their Real Bread was quickly snapped up at the school's farmers' market they'd set up as part of the Soil Association's Farm Academy scheme. Pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Chris Young, the Real Bread Campaign, October 2011
'There were 59 year 5/6 children, aged 9-11 who took part in baking the bread. The sessions were taught at the right level and we felt the background information and recipes were very useful. The children enjoyed the practical sessions and commented "a fantastic experience" and "my parents enjoyed the bread-they were so proud of me." Many thanks once again for giving our children this amazing opportunity.'
Red Lake Community School, Hastings (taught by Campaign ambassador Emmanuel Hadjiandreou of the School of Artisan Food), March 2011
'I would just like to express my thanks and appreciation for this. Paul and Gail [of Paul's Bakery in Melton Mowbray] came in about 10 days ago and worked all day (literally with no break!) with a group of 15 children. Paul came at the crack of dawn to bring his bread oven and grinders. Gail gave up a day as well to organise and work with the children. As I said in my original email, our children desperately need to learn in this way. Their eyes were well and truly opened as to the fruits and vegetables that were provided. The opportunities for the children to grind, measure, mix, knead, bake and chop were invaluable. We all had a fabulous, if tiring day and I would again like to pass on my thanks for your part in this. It is such a pity that the funding is not available to make it a regular occurrence as I know that all of the children in our school would benefit enormously. I hope that if there is funding in the future that this activity and the wonderful links with local businesses such as Paul's are shouted from the rooftops - brilliant!'
Anne Jeal, Deputy head teacher, The Grove Primary School, Melton Mowbray, February 2011
'We have had a great start to our bread making topic for the whole school. Reception and Key Stage 1 have been reading The Little Red Hen - I have been busy making bread rolls with each class – and they have also been doing investigations leaving out a vital ingredient to see what happens!! Richard from Paignton Bakery came in to do a demonstration to the whole school in assembly and answered questions – he was fantastic, really passionate about his trade. The children and teachers have been really inspired and enthused!!'
Sam Ward, Collaton Primary School, Devon, January 2011
'I felt it was crucial to give the children a fun active role on which to hang their memories of what goes into making bread. This approach was taken into the weekly sessions; twelve children each Tuesday afternoon had the chance to handle pre-prepared dough, form rolls and other shapes. Then make dough from scratch with each child having a piece to take home. In an hour and a half we have managed to show the start and finish of the process, albeit in reverse order. Yesterday I was presented with a scrapbook full of photos of our baking sessions and thank you letters from the children. They seem to have enjoyed the experience and for the present have an enthusiasm for baking bread. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would be glad to be involved in the future of Lessons in Loaf.'
Ken Horne, owner of Pinpastry in Devon, December 2010
'Ana Jones spent two mornings in school as part of class 2's healthy eating/sandwich work as part of the Ourselves topic. The first session was an interactive master class on making different sorts of breads using the flour from The Watermill. The children made rolls with Ana's help. In the second session, after they had taken part in a blind tasting to choose the bread they wanted to use, they made a number of loaves and then used the bread to make sandwiches. They chose the fillings after some market research and then made the sandwiches themselves. Finally they put them into packaging that they had designed. They had a great time and lots of fun!'
Lynn Harrison, Head Teacher, Culgaith School, Cumbria, November 2010
'I just ran a Lesson in Loaf at my local primary school and it was fantastic to see their faces light up and with messy hands to really get what Real Bread is all about.'
Real Bread Campaign ambassador Tom Herbert of Hobbs House Bakery, Gloucestershire, November 2010