Since opening on Tuesday, February 29 Andover School’s Paddling Puddock Cafe, run by primary three pupils, has proved so successful the initiative will continue next term allowing another class to benefit from the scheme.
The Puddock Cafe, named by the primary three children, was run by the class with assistance of parent helpers.
The enterprise project covered many areas and capacities of the curriculum, with children learning about hygiene and understanding their responsibility when cooking and serving food to others.
Baking has been a great way to practise reading scales and weighing using standard measures. They have also been practising adding and taking away with money so are able to man the till in the café.
The ICT skills they have worked on during the rest of the year have been invaluable when designing signage and menus for the café. The children are gaining success in their learning through running their café.
To enable the children to set up the cafe they successfully applied for a grant through the Scotmid Community Grant Scheme. This grant covered the costs of buying equipment, crockery and cutlery for the cafe and contributed to the initial ingredient costs.
Part of the grant included vouchers to be spent in their local Scotmid store.
The children hope to use these vouchers to buy as many Fairtrade products as possible including coffee, tea, sugar and chocolate.
To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee the cafe held a special Jubilee celebration on June 6 when they invited all of the children in the school to come to the cafe and sample the cupcakes that the primary three children had made. In the afternoon parents were invited to join in the celebrations in the red, white and blue themed cafe. The school now hopes to continue the cafe, giving other classes the opportunity to participate and raise funds for their class or charity.