We’re delighted to be supporting the Reindeer Dust School Project, a new pilot project from The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) which has proved hugely popular with primary schools across Fife, Forth Valley, Dumbarton, Lomond and Renfrew, with 170 classes and 5,800 pupils participating in the pilot.
RHET works with volunteers to provide free educational activities and experiential learning opportunities linked to the Curriculum for Excellence
Schools participating in the pilot receive free kits to make ‘reindeer dust’ – a combination of Hamlyns Scottish porridge oats, Halleys timothy chaff, popcorn and other ingredients provided by Tesco.
The project aims to teach pupils how farmers grow food, how food grown locally is better for you and the planet, and how eating the right food can make you strong and healthy.
Sessions are being delivered in the run up to Christmas, and will provide an opportunity for pupils to try some healthy food, teach them how to make environmentally conscious choices around food and will be an overall fun and interactive lesson.
The idea for the project came from Hamish, a four-year-old Shetland pony, who wanted to be one of Santa’s Reindeer! An email from Santa sent Hamish on a journey to discover how reindeer live, grow and fly. He learned from the ‘farmer elves”, that a healthy diet and correct environment are important for all animals. The story of this very cute pony’s dream to be the 10th Reindeer gives the project a festive and engaging theme.
RHET’s Learning & Development Coordinator, Sara Smith said, “These hands-on teacher workshops are a great way to get children thinking about food production as well as promoting the benefits of making a reindeer dust without glitter.”
Katie Brisbane, RHET Project Coordinator in Forth Valley, who was behind the initial launch of the project, was blown away by the interest shown in the project: “Making ‘reindeer dust’ with kids is a magical way to encourage interest in farming, food production and environmental issues. Thanks to the sponsorship from Hamlyns of Scotland pupils will also be introduced to an affordable, nutritious breakfast that’s easy to make.”
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Teachers from Forth Valley with Hamish during one of the training sessions