Food route – a journey through food
To help children and young people engage with the Core Competences, a series of focus groups and workshops were arranged throughout the UK. The original competences were rephrased in an age appropriate way, and tested to ensure that children understand what they mean and how they can be achieved. The focus group session informed the language and design of the resources. A Users' guide is available - click here.
What resources are available?
To support children that are aged up to 11-12 years, the following resources are available:
There are five charts, one for each competence area, a target chart (similar to one that is often used in schools for literacy and numeracy) and a certfiicate. Click here to download.
The five charts cover:
Diet and health;
A bright, colourful certificate is provided for this age phase in the resource download. The certificate can be awarded after the child has completed all the competences, or when they have successfully completed each competence area, e.g. cooking.
The charts are:
- Diet and health;
- Food safety;
- Active lifestyles.
Twelve worksheets are provided to help support children to achieve a number of the competences. These could be used at school or at home. Worksheets can be dowloaded below.
- Eight tips for eating well – looking at 8 tips for eating well;
- Food diary – recording meals, snacks and drinks over 3 days;
- Nutrient functions – explaining the main function of each of the key nutrients and an example food;
- Food choice – investigating different reasons for food choice;
- Compare food prices – comparing different costs of food;
- Food adverts – looking at food adverts;
- My food advert – designing a food advert;
- What does a food label tell you? – reading food labels;
- Dishes from around the world– exploring food from around the world;
- Different equipment and cooking skills – investigating different cooking skills;
- Storage instructions – keeping food safe
- Food safety – keeping safe when you cook.
This guide lists the competence statements that appear on the target charts and provides suggestions on how to:
- help children reach the competence;
- measure if the competence has been achieved.