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Mrs Paton-Devine

 Teacher- Mrs. C. Paton-Devine


Welcome to the Food Technology web page. 


Please click here for our Cooking curriculum


A big Thank you to all staff, children and parents / carers for taking  part in the Oval charity events over the last year.


Organic Soup Sale 2015


soup labells                

labelling up soup cartons                          The Oval- Organic Half the Harvest Soup


Allotment produce.. Our organic allotment produce was recently harvested and went into our soups. Soup week was launched at the end of last after half term.  Thank you to all the local community who purchased soup, pizza, healthy cakes and bread!!  We raised £127 pounds for charity!

 The children continue to follow the Food Route scheme and Food for Life work. There will be an Oval Award scheme linked with our growing and cooking in school and within the community. I will keep you posted!  

We have recently joined 'Health for Life' scheme and this will enable us to purchase new growing and cooking equipment, including a small orchard, acessable growing vegetable Trugs and a soft fruit area.   We hope to be able to buy a replacement shed and greenhouse in the near future. 

Recent Achievements 

  • We won the Plant to plate competition which was sponsored by Alpo and WWF.  A cheque was presented for £1,000 to enable new growing and cooking initiatives. 
  • Cel Spellman dropped by to present the award.Thumbnail

We grew our second year of perfectly formed Water melons this year.. photo below 




In October 2016 we had  a visit from a film crew.  WWF were very impressed by our growing and cooking skills and wanted to capture harvesting and cooking skills on camera.  Update to follow....... 

If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see developed in food technology and allotment growing at the Oval, please get in touch with your views.


We are very proud of our achievements, awards and success within school!

Meeting Duchess of Cornwall at the National Harvest Service at St Philips Cathedral in Birmingham, November 2014.

We have been featured again this year in the Telegraph Newspaper for their 'Growing Heroes.' competition.and on their website.

The Oval have once again entered the competition  and hope to hear from Love British Food soon!

Awaiting to meet HRH at Westminster Abbey, 2013

Liam Brierley, Sara Waheed, Sohail Sattar and Maisie Biddle and Mrs Paton-Devine


Latest News

WE are currently hosting Food for Life.' What Works Well' visits for schools within the West Midlands area and beyond.  Thank you to the S.N.A.G. team  (School Nutrition Action Group) and pupils and staff for making them feel very welcome.  We have had excellent feedback from visitors.

We will be having a 'big focus' on lunch time meals. 

The school dinner menu will change after halfterm and will be posted on our school website for you to see.

I am currently working alsong side our school nurse to support healthy eating in school and community links. 

Thank you for continuing to support 'drink fresh water' appeal. Remember that drinking bottles must be of a clear variety and with your childs name and class clearly labelled.  Children are making the most of our water cooler in school. New school water bottles and replacement lids are available from the school office.  

 The children continue to follow the Food Route scheme and Food for Life  and Health for Life work. There will be an Oval Award scheme linked with our growing and cooking in school and within the community.  The S.N.A.G. team are currently trialing it with a parent Govenor. It will then role out to year 5. I will keep you posted!  



Below is our certificate signed by the Duchess of Cornwall in recognition of our fabulous entry to the 'Cook for the Queen' competition.  Take a look at it by clicking on the link below or have a look at the original copy displayed proudly in the cooking room.


pdf Cook for the Queen Certificate

Take a look at our entry form here

Photographs here and here

Watch videos of:

Video clip Fiza here

 Video clip Byron here Video clipAlex here
Video clip Sonia here Video clip Mrs Chahal  Video clip Lewis Wallker UCB Lecturer