Year 5 recently turned their classroom into a bakery when they were visited by a regional family baker - Roberts Bakery - to learn how to make the perfect loaf of bread.
The budding bakers donned their special Roberts Bakery aprons and mop caps and were guided through every stage of the bread making process by veteran bakers from Roberts. The duo showed the 9 and 10-year-old pupils the craft of mixing and kneading their dough and shaping the loaves before baking.
Paul Graves of Roberts Bakery added, “It was fantastic to show the children that it is so easy and great fun to make a really tasty loaf from just a few ingredients. This visit has given many of the children the confidence to take their baking skills home, but it was also very worthwhile in educating them about how bread is manufactured, how it reaches our shelves and how it can contribute to a healthy lifestyle.”
The visit from Roberts Bakery formed part of the Year 5 pupils’ English and science curriculum where the children have been developing their listening, language, and independent learning skills and learning about how materials and ingredients change.
The children also took a virtual tour of Roberts’ state-of-the-art bakery, which makes 90 million loaves a year and supplies bread throughout the region.
Roberts Bakery started out in 1887 as a modest grocery store which sold freshly-baked bread to customers in its hometown of Northwich in the heart of Cheshire. Now, more than two million loaves a week can be seen rotating in the iconic cooling towers at the front of the bakery. The company delivers to customers throughout the north of England, north Wales and the Midlands. For four generations, the Roberts family has continued the skilled tradition of baking fine bread, with members of the Roberts family still actively working for the business.