Bexton Primary “Bake Off”
61 children from Bexton Primary School in Knutsford proved they were very ‘kneady’ indeed when they were visited by their local family baker Roberts Bakery.
With the help of the experts at Roberts, the Year 5 pupils learned how to make a loaf of bread that would easily impress the judges on TV’s British Bake Off.
The children found out all about how bread is made and how it can form part of a healthy lifestyle before having a go at making a tasty loaf of their own. Roberts guided the enthusiastic youngsters through every stage of the breadmaking process, from mixing and kneading the dough to shaping the loaves before baking.
The children also took an exciting virtual tour of Roberts’ state-of-the-art bakery, which makes 80 million loaves a year and supplies bread throughout the region.
Mrs Lord, assistant headteacher at Bexton Primary School, said: “This visit was just brilliant for the children. It combined fun with learning and, of course, a healthy dose of mess! And it contributed so perfectly to their current Science project – particularly the modules on ‘Gases’ and ‘Changing States’ The loaves looked and smelled delicious and the children were so proud of their creations.”
Keith Birkett of Roberts Bakery added: “Our visit was superb, with the breadmaking the natural highlight. It was also valuable for the children to examine a real life business and learn about how things like raw ingredients, packaging, logos and transport can contribute to the success of that business.”
Celebrating more than 125 years of baking bread, independent bakery Roberts Bakery was established in 1887. The company has operated from its current premises in Northwich, Cheshire since 1952. The site is kitted out with state-of-the art equipment, which enables the company to produce 1.6 million consistently high quality loaves a week. For four generations, the Roberts family has continued the skilled tradition of baking fine bread, with many members of the Roberts family still actively working for the business.