This guide will help you plan a series of successful lessons exploring cooking and food skills for children aged 5-7 years. The messages and concepts for this module are derived from the eatwell plate – the UK healthy eating model.
The key messages and concepts are delivered through 5 Key Facts:
1. There is a variety of ingredients that can be used for cooking.
2. There are lots of different pieces of equipment used in cooking, some of which have special jobs.
3. There are a number of basic food skills which enable us to cook a variety of dishes.
4. It is important to store, prepare and cook food safely and hygienically.
5. When planning to cook, we need to consider the time of day, person and occasion.
Why Key Facts?
The 5 Key Facts have been developed to provide a comprehensive and progressive approach to teaching the topic of healthy eating. It provides a framework to build upon, ensuring that consistent and up-to-date messages are delivered in school.
Using this framework, children will be gradually introduced to different concepts, skills and knowledge about ingredients, equipment and cooking skills and techniques.
It is recommended that each Key Fact is taught in order – to ensure that there is a clear progression in learning and understanding of fundamental concepts. The Key Facts provide an excellent base for creating your own lessons.
Uses in school
Food – a fact of life provides a comprehensive framework for teaching children about fundamental food and nutrition facts. The activities and resources provided are mapped explicitly to the different curricular requirements around the UK.
For detailed teachers' notes, download the guide below:
Using Food – a fact of life
As described, the teaching and learning about food and nutrition for 5-7 year old children is divided into 5 Key Facts.
For each Key Fact, the following is provided:
- Learning objectives;
- Classroom activities, e.g. investigations, research, ICT, cooking;
- Useful resources, e.g. worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, SMART Board activities and recipes (which can be laminated for future use);
- Sources of further information.
The Guide shows how each Key Fact can be taught in your school, with ideas for introduction, main task and plenary sessions. These ‘planners’ highlight the most appropriate resources to use – most of which can be downloaded from the Food – a fact of life website.
The Key Fact ‘planners’ and downloadable resources are designed to be flexible and allow you, the professional, to dip-in and use what you feel is best for your school and the children you teach. Feel free to use the Key Fact ‘planners’ in detail or in part – the choice is yours.
Food – a fact of life fully supports and exploits the appropriate use of ICT in teaching and learning, using a range of interactive activities to enable children to learn about fundamental food concepts, as well as PowerPoint presentations and videos that can be used directly in the classroom. However, the Key Fact ‘planners’ also promote and encourage hands-on practical work with food, suggesting different tasting, handling and cooking activities for children.
We hope you enjoy using these resources.