In December, 30 Year 10 pupils from Tonyrefail High School, Willows High School and Cardiff West Community High School took part in the first session of a GCSE Food and Nutrition support series at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
This first session focused on Nutrition and was delivered by Dr Hilary Wickett, Programme Director BSc (Hons) Nutrition at Cardiff Met. Hilary is a registered Nutritionist with experience of devising effective obesity management programmes in low-income areas of South Wales.
The session started with a conversation about breakfast before developing this into an analysis of the nutritional content of cereals and their labelling. This fun interactive session even involved an opportunity to design your own packaging and guess the mystery cereals. Following this, the pupils used the university’s nutritional analysis software to explore realistic healthy adjustments to unbalanced diets.
Anne Chivers, a teacher from Cardiff West Community High School said,
“It was a great day – really impressed with Hilary, and she worked so hard with them. The nutrition covered perfect timing for their current coursework, and developing the traffic light system something new too!”
The sessions have been designed to support the WJEC GCSE Food and Nutrition syllabus and the same pupils will go onto study on a kitchen based workshop in January and a Food Science workshop in March.