This guide will help you plan a series of successful lessons exploring cooking and food skills for children aged 8-11 years. The messages and concepts for this module are derived from the Eatwell Guide – the UK healthy eating model.
The key messages and concepts are delivered through 5 Key Facts:
- Around the world people use a range of different ingredients, equipment and cooking techniques to prepare food.
- When planning to cook we need to consider current healthy eating advice, the needs of different people and occasions.
- When planning to cook, we need to select the most suitable ingredients, equipment and food skills for successful results.
- There is a range of additional food skills which enable us to cook.
- Buying, storing, preparing and cooking food safely and hygienically are vital for health.
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 8-11 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. links to downloadable posters, PowerPoint presentations and worksheets (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.
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 only use the PowerPoint presentations – 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.