Why Our School Loves Eat Them To Defeat Them!

Debbie Randles

Debbie is the Year 3 Class Teacher at Coop Academy Portland with 25 years teaching experience. She is a newly engaged mum, on the PTA and a Co-Co Rep.

We've been part of this campaign for 3 years now and every year it just gets better. 
 
Our first year we made a radio advert for Co-op and it was played throughout all their UK stores - the children loved doing this and produced an assembly all about Veg Power! 
 
 
Last year was very different - we had planted our own vegetable gardens in preparation and then lockdown hit! All our prep was wasted, but we did participate through Google Classroom and the children followed online, sharing their home-cooked meals across our Facebook and Twitter pages.
 
This year has been lots of fun! We've been running it alongside our DT week so one of our classes harvested our veg, and after a few days of planning, made their own vegetarian pizzas.
 
 
Our children love the #EatThemToDefeatThem campaign - and our teachers look forward to doing it. The resources are great, and most importantly, I feel it’s something we can do in school and at home - working together. Each year we’ve run competitions to win the ingredients for the things we made, enough to feed a family of 6, and we've had just over half of our families take part.
 
Our children love watching the adverts, they love the charts and the stickers, but most of all, they look forward to the tasting and the cooking (admittedly not easy with one small cooker but we manage!).
 
 
Our aim for next year is to get our school kitchen more involved - we've seen the amazing ways that caterers get involved in Eat Them To Defeat Them each year and how it inspires the kids.
 
I would recommend to any school to get involved in the Eat Them To Defeat Them campaign. You are given high-quality resources, excellent support and communication, and it's just a brilliant way to engage families. What’s not to enjoy?

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Debbie Randles

Debbie is the Year 3 Class Teacher at Coop Academy Portland with 25 years teaching experience. She is a newly engaged mum, on the PTA and a Co-Co Rep.

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