Photos: Michael Gillen
Pupils at Springfield Primary School paid a visit to the store in Linlithgow as part of the Eat Happy Project and were taken on a trail around the aisles to find out more about food.
The farm to fork initiative aims to encourage children to try new foods and learn about where it all comes from, with the ultimate aim of healthy living.
Primary three/four got the chance to take part in the special trip on Tuesday, November 24 and were shown around the shop by Erla Grieve.
She said: “We do all sorts of trails and they’re absolutely brilliant. The kids just love them.
“With the farm to fork trail they were taken to the fruit and veg aisle, the bakery and the cheese counter where they got to do some tasting and learn about where it all comes from. They also got a behind the scenes look at Tesco.
“The only problem was some of them didn’t like the cheese!”
Class teacher Laura Rodgers accompanied the children to the supermarket and said the fact it was so local and well known to the kids meant they could take it all in.
She said: “They absolutely loved it and it was very educational. We’ve been doing a food and farming topic at school, all about how food is farmed and how it’s made so it was good for them to see the end product and how it reaches the public.
“Some of them were quite surprised by how bread is cut, I think some of them maybe thought it was cut by mice or something! Being able to see behind the scenes of Tesco which is so well known to them was really great.”
Erla got involved with the project quite recently but said she loves the idea of making a difference to the way children, especially the younger ones, think about food.
She said: “I do it because I would like to see them trying different foods and appreciate their food a bit more.
“Overall it’s to see them become a bit healthier and to stop obesity in the long run.”
There are a total of 11 different trails on offer and anyone of primary school age can get involved, even Rainbows have done trips in the past and Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts can earn a special farm to fork badge on a bespoke store trail.
Erla said there is a sustainability trail which ties in with fair trade projects and a number of others which can relate to a range of school topics.
She said: “The things you can learn are quite fascinating. Did you know Ancient Egyptians used to worship onions because the rings were thought to be a symbol of eternal life, and watermelon seeds were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb?
“I’m learning more than I thought possible!”
Research from the Future Foundation has shown that around 80 per cent of British parents say their kids are less healthy than they used to be as kids. Things like cheese making, how bread is produced and the life cycle of a salmon are all explored as part of the trip to Tesco.
The aim of people like Erla and her colleagues is to inform and educate those who don’t know enough about their food.