Children at a South Shields school have been tucking into healthy snacks as part of an eating initiative.
Stanhope Primary School, based in Gresford Street, off Stanhope Road, held a Five A Day Week to encourage pupils to eat more fruit and vegetables.
Working with South Tyneside Council’s schools catering services manager, Elizabeth Luke, the school introduced a tasting table for pupils to try various foods they may not normally select, including mango, radish and celery.
The week proved to be a great success.
The school’s headteacher, Lesley Martin, said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the Five A Day Week, and now they will make more healthy choices when shopping with their parents and choosing foods to eat.
“It would be something the school would like to do on a more regular basis, which would give our children the option to experience different varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables.”
Now they will make more healthy choices when shopping with their parents and choosing foods to eatLesley Martin
It also proved to be popular with the children.
A Year 6 pupil said: “It was a really good idea as children ate healthy food and it was really tasty, but my favourite was the dried apricots.
“Since tasting them, my mam now buys them for me at home.”
A year 5 pupil added: “I liked the blueberries and it was a good idea that when you went to the tasting table. You earned a reward sticker so you could go back the next day and taste some different foods.”
A year 4 pupil said: “I liked the grapes, especially the green ones. My mam buys them for me more regularly at home.”
The staff were invited to join the children on the final day and they too enjoyed a healthy lunch, which allowed them to also select from the tasting table.
The school said it would like to thank Elizabeth Luke, the kitchen staff and school staff for all their support over the week.