Pizza Oven

Pizza oven

The garden at the Learning Centre was completed in time for the Summer Fete, a joint venture with St Paul’s Playgroup. The planting of the beds was carried out by the students, ably assisted by one of the students parents and the generosity of Waitrose. The garden helps our students learn about gardening and producing food to use in the kitchen. Design and Technology students have designed and built some seating and it is generally felt that the green environment provides a calm area in which to relax and promote wellbeing.

The next phase was to build a pizza oven and this was started in September. Students and staff all lent a hand to mix the clay and build up the dome. The oven was completed in time to have its inaugural firing at the first of our Community Talks at the end of October. Pizzas were enjoyed by the students at lunchtime and by visitors to the talk about Beekeeping in the early evening.

The building process gave the students hands on experience at bricklaying, teamwork and patience. The clay needed to be broken up and any stones removed. This clean clay was mixed with sand and water by ‘puddling’, a technique of patiently working the mix by walking over it. The next process was forming fist sized balls of clay to build up the shape of the oven. Three layers were needed to complete the oven.

The oven will provide an alternative approach for the students learning about food preparation and cooking as well as providing wood fired pizzas for special occasions. It will also get used during our Spring and Summer community talks. The next event is Community Singing on the 11th December between 1830 and 1930. In the New Year we will be continuing our series of events with a talk about the Night Sky, a Ukulele workshop, a talk about the local conservation areas and a talk entitled ‘Love food – Hate waste’.

Written on Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 11:23 am by Ian. Filed under Uncategorized.

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