Pupils do porridge in healthy eating drive
It has never been the most popular cereal choice among young children.
But pupils at two schools asked for more as they tucked into big bowls of porridge before the start of lessons in an initiative to encourage children to eat breakfast.
The B&NES Big Breakfast at Welton and Westfield primary schools was laid on by Sirona Care and Health working in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council.
The aim was to promote the importance of eating a healthy balanced breakfast and the free porridge was cooked up by the council's catering service.
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Welton healthy schools co-ordinator, Debbie Stevens, said: "Almost the whole school took part and some children even asked for a second portion they enjoyed it so much and some were surprised they liked the taste."
The school is now thinking of introducing it on the menu at its breakfast club.
At Westfield, the initiative was turned into a family event with parents encouraged to come into school and eat breakfast.
Teacher Rebecca Gray said that about 100 children and adults tucked in.
"Some children don't eat breakfast before they arrive at school so this was a way of encouraging them to do so," said Mrs Gray.
"As well as porridge, we had yoghurt and a selection of fruit that could be added. The porridge was really tasty and we had a lovely relaxed atmosphere."
Twenty-three schools and six nurseries took part in the initiative and 2,500 portions of porridge were dished up.