Burnley Road Academy pupils experience farm to fork journey of dairy


Judy Pederson

Pupils at Burnley Road Academy in West Yorkshire experienced the full farm to store journey of dairy, learning where milk comes from, how dairy products are made, both now and in the past and how it gets from farm to its local Co-op store.

Clare Cope, head teacher at Burnley Road Academy, said: “It’s so important that youngsters fully understand the farm to fork journey that results in the food they eat at every meal. Our pupils have had an absolutely fantastic time with the Arla team who have really brought to life the life-cycle of a whole host of dairy produce. We’d like to thank Arla for taking the time to help educate our young foodies and also the Co-op who arranged the visit and who play an important role in the local community here in Mytholmroyd.”

The learning materials were developed to integrate into the KS1 and KS2 curriculum giving pupils the chance to learn about every stage of the process. The inflatable classroom included interactive sessions covering topics such as how farmers care for and look after their cows, to the process at the dairy including the homogenisation and the packaging process of milk into cartons which are made from up to 40% recycled plastic. The experience also gave the children a chance to discuss the Government’s Eat Well plate and what a recommended healthy diet looks like.

Graham Wilkinson, senior director at Arla who works directly with Arla’s 2,400 farmer owners in the UK comments, “Understanding food, where it comes from and how it’s made is a real challenge for today’s youth. Our farmer owners feel strongly that we have a responsibility to show children the full process from farm to fork and working with the Co-op and directly with schools is a great way to do this.”

The session was set up as part of the Co-op Academy School Roadshows through the Co-op’s Academy Trust.

Giles Hall Co-op engagement advisor comments, “We know our members and customers are really passionate about food provenance and we are just as passionate about teaching the next generation about where their food comes from. Mytholmroyd Co-op is looking forward to a new chapter in its history here in the town and we are delighted that Arla has taken the time to come and help us meet youngsters. They’ve had a fantastic learning experience.”