Pupils in Pre-Prep and Kindergarten marked Pancake Day by preparing and cooking some tasty pancakes today.

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent which lasts for 40 days until Easter. In Christian traditions Lent is a way of marking the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert. Traditionally, Christians would abstain from a whole range of rich foods and so in the period prior to Lent they would use up foods including meat, eggs, fish, fats and milk – hence the custom of pancake making began.

Year 1 and Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the cookery room, preparing their batter, before frying up the pancakes. Some of the children even had a go at flipping theirs with varied results! With toppings including sugar, banana and chocolate spread, it made for a really enjoyable morning treat.

Over in Forest School some of our younger children from Kindergarten spent a session making their own pancake mixture in the mud kitchen. They then enjoyed a tasty snack of pancakes and hot chocolate.

What a delicious way to spend part of the day!

Did you know?

  • The largest pancake was created in Rochdale, Manchester, UK in 1994, by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd. Measuring 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) thick, the pancake weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb).
  • Dominic Cuzzacrea holds the record for the highest pancake toss, having made a monumental flip measuring 9.47 m (31 ft 1 in) at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, New York, USA, in November 2010.
  • The ready-made pancake mix is 129 years old – “Aunt Jemima’s” was invented in St Joseph, Missouri in 1889 and is claimed to be the first ever ready-made pancake mixture to be sold.
  • The most people tossing pancakes is 890 and was achieved at an event organised by the University of Sheffield (UK), in Sheffield, UK, back in 2012.
  • Pancake races happen all over England on Shrove Tuesday. The tradition is thought to have originated in Olney in the 15th century, after a woman lost track of time while cooking pancakes. When the bells for mass rang, she ran out of her house with the pan and pancake still in her hand.
  • It is estimated that an impressive 52 million eggs are used in Britain each year on Pancake Day – that’s 22 million more than every other day of the year.