Last week, Maple and Apple class visited Waitrose to gain first-hand experience of how supermarkets operate. First, we took a stroll down the fruit and vegetable aisle and found out about the vast array of produce on offer, everything from mangos to celeriac and discovered where they originate from. We had some mystery items to identify – who would know courgette comes disguised as spaghetti!
We then moved on to the fish counter and learnt the names of a variety of fish including squid which many children had eaten in the form of calamari but didn’t know what it looked like in its raw form. The fish expert explained how we can tell if our fish is fresh – it won’t be too smelly. Next, we headed to the cheese and cold meat section and spotted flags from around the globe, identifying the country the produce originates from. We continued around the shop looking at the sushi bar and the bread department.
After that we were led through the ‘Staff Only’ doors where we saw online orders packaged ready for delivery, some of which were kept in the cold store. We entered the cold store which was a bit chilly and then the freezer store which turned our noses blue and we were glad we had our coats on (well most of us!)
Apple Class was startled when the alarm went off to signal the arrival of a delivery truck. We were able to watch the ramp raise and lower for unloading the boxes. Many of the children would have liked to ride on the ramp but this was not allowed.
Finally, we finished our visit with a little quiz to test our leaning for the morning whilst sampling some healthy snacks.