Southmuir schoolchildren showcase Scotland’s larder

Nearly 300 primary schoolchildren – including primary six kids from Kirriemuir - took centre stage at the Royal Highland Show to present “Scotland’s Larder Showcase”.

The event, which took place in the Main Ring of the showground, was organised by the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET).

Southmuir Primary School was one of ten schools across Scotland chosen to take part.

Each school group was chosen by the local RHET project co-ordinator for this expenses paid trip to the show, and allocated an item of Scottish produce.

The children dressed in outfits representing their produce and were given a brief to prepare in class, interpreting the produce in the context of Scottish food production, branding and the journey from farm gate to plate.

Southmuir’s pupils stepped up to the mark to represent soft fruit in white t-shirts, printed with pictures of strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and gooseberries, which they had designed and printed themselves

At the show, a pipe band led the groups, “colour-coded” in different T-shirts and adorned with produce-themed hats and accessories, into the main ring.

One pupil from each group introduced the school, while another recited a rhyme about the produce.

All schools then performed a dance to the rousing sound of The Proclaimers’ (I’m Gonna Be) 500 miles.

“Scotland’s Larder Showcase” was one of many activities organised by RHET, who run the education programme for schoolchildren and the public at the Royal Highland Show.

Over 4,800 pupils visited the show as part of a booked school group with RHET on the Thursday and Friday, and thousands more arrived at the show with their families to enjoy the hands-on educational activities provided by RHET and other activity providers at the Dobbies Children’s Discovery Centre.

The QMS sponsored Scotch Beef Children’s Cookery Theatre gave youngsters the chance to cook with fresh, seasonal produce. The Taste Adventure, run by Slow Food Scotland and the HGCA, focused on the five senses and Seafood Scotland explored the importance of fish in a healthy diet.

Children learned about science through the ages with the James Hutton Institute, discovered gamekeeping with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and dug for fossils with Our Dynamic Earth.

With Gorgie City Farm, kids ground grain into flour and “Mabel” the life sized fibreglass cow helped them to learn the journey of fresh milk from cow to carton.

RHET Manager Alison Motion said: “The Royal Highland Show is a highlight of our year-round programme of taking children onto farms and estates or having farmer speakers in the classroom. Although it’s all about enjoyment, we want to make sure our visiting children go away with more understanding of farming and food production.

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to put on this event in the main ring at the show, where our school groups were fabulous. I would like to thank them for their time and effort. The RHET team were very proud of them all!”