Pupils get a taste of the catering business

A group of 26 year six pupils from The Forest Academy, Kendray, enjoyed a day of business and baking at Barnsley College as part of an enterprise taster event.

The enthusiastic 10 and 11 year olds threw themselves into a day full of fun educational activities based around product design and development.

They were tasked with coming up with an idea for a cupcake business thinking about a company name, logo, costings, profit, cupcake designs and marketing. The exercise used their English, maths, spelling and grammar skills in a fun way whilst letting their creativity come through in their decorative designs.

The highlight of the day came when the pupils had the chance to bake and decorate their own cupcakes in the college’s professional bakery kitchen led by Head Chef and tutor Martyn Hollingsworth.

Abbie Smith, 11, said: “I love baking and to come into a real kitchen like this is a dream come true. I’d like to open my own bakery when I’m older.”

Leah Linney, 10, added: “I’ve enjoyed everything about the day. It’s been amazing and a new experience coming in to a college.”

The children made three cupcakes each, enjoying one as part of their lunch in the college’s restaurant, The Open Kitchen, and taking two back to school to sell to raise money for Children in Need.

Year six teacher at the primary school Natalie Wathen said: “All of the children had a fantastic day. They were so excited to be in a real kitchen making real products.”

The Forest Academy is part of the Wellspring Academy Trust.

Last updated: 19th November 2015

Originally posted on: 19th November 2015