To support excellence in food teaching and learning, the materials provided on the FFL website have been developed to support the curricula and qualifications in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In addition, the Core Competences for children and young people aged 5 to 16 years have been used as a guide to support progression from 3 to 16 years.

3 to 14 years

For each age phase, i.e. 3-5, 5-7, 7-11 and 11-14 years, a progressive learning framework has been constructed to support learning around the following key learning areas: healthy eating, cooking, where food comes from and food commodities. Learning progresses from one age phase to another, consolidating prior learning and extending to include new concepts, knowledge and skills. Progression can be mapped via age or learning areas.

The framework provides a journey to support a child’s food learning throughout their school career. For the teacher, it provides a series of activities and lessons, supported by classroom appropriate resources.

It is recognised that some pupils will require further support and others may need additional ‘stretch’. Therefore, the ages on the website act only as a guide; for example, resources in the 11-14 years area could be used in a primary school to challenge more able pupils or resources from the 7-11 years area used to support older pupils with special education needs. The choice and use of resources is at the discretion of the teacher who will use their professional judgement and knowledge of their pupils’ abilities.

14-16 years

Based on a review of key ‘food’ related specifications, such as GCSE, National 5 and Level 2 qualifications, and Technical Awards, a number of overlapping areas of knowledge and skills were identified. In this age phase, resources are provided for the teacher to use with their pupils at their own discretion based on their teaching requirements and specification. Resources include teacher notes, presentations, worksheets, videos and quizzes. These have been devised to build on from the 3 – 14 years age phases. In addition, to help save the teacher time, a number of specifications have been analysed and direct hyperlinks to key resources have been identified. 

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