Cooking for the family classes at OA Don Valley

Oasis Academy Don Valley was delighted to play host to the first Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food course to take place in Sheffield during the summer holidays. The course, offered by Sheffield City Council’s Family Learning Service, was run by tutor Suzanne Lister.

Six of Oasis Academy Don Valley’s families were offered the opportunity, using the Academy’s brand new facilities, to take part in the course, which gave them a chance to learn how to cook healthy, nutritional meals together from scratch, with food sourced from local suppliers this ranged from fajitas to veggie burgers, along with a variety of tasty treat.

All the families that took part in the course were delighted to have this fantastic experience. Parents and children learning together in a familiar environment was a fun experience and helped to engage and encourage the children to get involved in the preparation and cooking of some of Jamie’s great recipes. The hope is that this will help them to carry on and develop further the new skills that they have learnt at home.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families at Sheffield City Council said,

“I’m really happy to hear that this course was such a success. Sheffield City Council are committed to providing the best possible start in life for children and courses such as this help families find out more about how their children learn and develop”.

Suzanne Lister, course tutor said “The families have gained new vocabulary, used new ingredients and by following Jamie’s quick and easy recipes have enjoyed new foods together. It was great to see children and their parents spending time together and learning new things”.

Oasis Academy Don Valley has been pleased to work in conjunction with the Family Learning Service through the year and together have been able to provide opportunities for families in the community to learn together on a variety of courses ranging from health and fitness to helping children to get interested in their reading.

As the Academy grows, one of its main aims will be to forge and strengthen links within the local community and we firmly believe that our Family Learning programme will play a key part in achieving this objective. Our continuing partnership with the Family Learning Service will enable us to deliver programmes over the coming academic year that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of our community.