PUPILS at Forest Preparatory School in Timperley have turned their classroom into a bakery to learn how to make the perfect loaf of bread.

Veteran bakers Keith Birkett and Paul Graves from the regional, family run business, Roberts Bakery guided the year five children through every stage of the bread-making process.

Paul said: “It was fantastic to show the children that it's so easy fun to make a really tasty loaf from just a few ingredients. This visit has given many of the children the confidence to take their baking skills home, but it was also very worthwhile in educating them about how bread is manufactured, how it reaches our shelves and how it can contribute to a healthy lifestyle.”

The visit from Roberts Bakery formed part of the Year 5 pupils’ English and science curriculum, where the children have been developing their listening, language and independent learning skills and learning about how materials and ingredients change.

Graeme Booth, Year 5 teacher and deputy headteacher, said: “Roberts Bakery visited the school last year to share the secrets of successful bread making. The experience was so fantastic and we couldn’t wait for them to come back. The children were really looking forward to their bread making master class with Roberts and it certainly lived up to their expectations. It was a lot of fun for them to roll up their sleeves and make something to be proud of. It was really valuable for them to experience the sight, feel, smell and, of course taste, of something they had baked themselves.”

The children also took a virtual tour of Roberts’ state-of-the-art bakery, which makes 90 million loaves a year and supplies bread throughout the region.