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An East London teacher will be flying to Switzerland in the New Year, after winning a science and nutrition competition for primary schools.

Sally Peckover, from Redlands Primary School in Stepney Green, was the winner of Food for Thought, a UK-wide competition organised by Discovery Education and Alimentarium Foundation as part of a drive to boost children’s learning about food.

The Reception class teacher will make the journey to Lake Geneva in January, where she will meet experts at the Alimentarium Museum, an international public learning centre for food and nutrition. Sally will gather ideas to take back to the classroom and spend time in Geneva as part of her prize.

Sally was announced as the winner at the Food For Thought teaching event in London last month. The Southbank summit brought teachers, scientists and health experts together to discuss ways of improving food education and pupil wellbeing.

Speaking ahead of National School Meals Week 2017 (13th-17th November) Sally said:

"I am absolutely delighted to have won the opportunity to visit the Alimentarium museum and of course Switzerland!

I am hoping the experience at the museum will inspire me with some fresh ideas for our children to use in their cooking classes. I hope to build upon their current culinary skills and improve their knowledge of what nutrition means and the important effects different foods have on our bodies."

Food For Thought is part of a 3-year partnership between Discovery Education and Alimentarium, which aims to improve young children’s learning about nutrition. Delivering exciting new classroom resources to spark pupil interest and events to connect teachers with experts, the collaboration will help schools to focus on food education, and boost pupil health and wellbeing.

Laura Turner Laing, Director of Corporate Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education said:

It’s never been more important for schools to put health and wellbeing at the centre of their teaching. We’re delighted to be able to give Sally the opportunity to visit Alimentarium, to tap into their expertise about nutrition and to gather ideas which can be shared with the whole school community.”

The Discovery Education Alimentarium partnership is already delivering exciting new science and nutrition resources to classrooms across the UK. Available to schools through Discovery Education Espresso’s award-winning learning platform, the content takes a fresh approach to science teaching, using dynamic videos and games to appeal to young learners.

New resources launching this month include interactive food games Nutrix and Tubix, designed to teach pupils about the biology of eating and the importance of a varied diet. Children can also learn about the energy value of foods with fun character game Yamy and The Food Pyramid.

Discovery Education Espresso is one of the UK’s leading digital learning services, delivering dynamic curriculum matched content to 1.8 million pupils across the UK. The Eating, Moving and Growing games and resources are available to schools with a subscription to the service, and schools interested in a free trial can request one here.

Photo credit: copyright Adrien Barakat, Alimentarium.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education empowers teachers and captivates pupils by providing high-quality, dynamic, digital content to primary and secondary schools across the United Kingdom.

Discovery Education offers a range of services and opportunities for schools to meet the needs of students in the digital age. With award-winning digital content, interactive lessons, virtual experiences with some of Discovery's most talented presenters and contributors, classroom contests and challenges, professional development and more.

Discovery Education is a division of Discovery Communications, the number one non-fiction media company in the world, which includes the popular global television networks Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Animal Planet.

For more information about Discovery Education’s services and resources, visit www.discoveryeducation.co.uk.

About Alimentarium

The Alimentarium Foundation founded by Nestlé in 1980 has been running a food museum for over 30 years. In 2013, it radically changed strategy by deciding to invest mainly in a digital outreach program anchored in the physical museum a transmedia approach to content creation and dissemination.

With this approach, the Alimentarium Foundation aims to become a worldwide reference on food and nutrition, combining a digitally and physically interconnected learning platform to share its expertise with the general public and professionals. The Alimentarium today is an international public learning centre composed of two interconnected spaces, alimentarium.org and Alimentarium, the Museum.

The portal alimentarium.org contains a section dedicated to the pedagogical program Alimentarium Academy. All is available worldwide for free and published in French, German and English. Academy, our online learning ecosystem targets (school) children, teachers and parents in particular whereas the other digital outputs cater for amateurs and offer insights for specialists.

For more information visit alimentarium.org and alimentarium.academy