Food – a fact of life has a range of resources and activities that are suitable for pupils to complete at home, covering where food comes from, cooking and healthy eating. These can be downloaded, and edited, by schools and provided to pupils. (While direct links to resources, activities and videos could be provided to pupils, this would be a school decision, as not all pupils may have computer/internet access.)
The 'resource' search function makes it quick and easy to find the worksheets or other resources you are looking for. It allows you to search the whole site, filtering for age, resource type, topic and/or food commodity. While the ‘my dashboard’ area lets you create a folder perfect for storing all your ‘studying at home’ resources as you browse the website, helping you keep everything in one place.
The 5-7 and 7-11 areas of the website have activity ideas that could be used to enable pupils to continue their learning about healthy eating, cooking and nutrition. Resources include worksheets, cards, and sorting activities. There are also interactive activities and videos, if IT access is available.
- Learn with stories: The stories have been designed to support cross-curricular/ inter-disciplinary learning. In particular Learn with stories focuses on literacy and numeracy. Each story is supported by a teachers' guide, a presentation and child friendly worksheets. Stories are available for pupils aged 5-7 and 7-11.
- Food route: chart and worksheets for teaching about diet and health, shopping, cooking, food safety and active lifestyles. Primary Food route resources are available for pupils aged 5-7 and 7-11.
- #FibreFebruary resources: this activity pack has been designed to support teaching and learning about the importance of fibre in the diet. The pack contains: teacher resources; a fibre board game; a fibre calculation worksheet; resources looking at modifying recipes; resources looking at modifying diets; and a set of fibre cards.
- Workbooks: two 8-page booklets covering healthy eating and drinking – 5-7 and 7-11.
- Ask pupils to create stories about where food comes from – there’s lots of information in the ‘where food comes from’ and ‘food commodities’ areas.
The 11-14 area of the Food – a fact of life website has resources and activity ideas around healthy eating, cooking and where food comes from. There are presentations, worksheets and activities for each topic which could be used as part of home study. In order to test knowledge and skills, there are online multiple choice quizzes, which are automatically marked, and Kahoot! quizzes (if IT access is available). There is also a selection of videos about where food comes from for 11-14 year olds.
The 14-16 area has presentations, worksheets, activities and experiments to support the examination specifications across the UK. The specification topics covered are:
- Healthy eating – energy and nutrients, nutritional needs through life, health issues and digestion;
- Cooking – cooking and food safety;
- Food science – functional and chemical properties of food, sensory science, experiments and investigations;
- Consumer awareness – food choice, consumer awareness and food labelling;
- Where food comes from – food quality and assurance, food processing;
- Food commodities – cereals, dairy, meat and potatoes.
Other resources to engage pupils in their food studies include:
- Food route: journals on diet and health, consumer awareness, cooking, food safety and active lifestyles. The journals are available for pupils aged 11-14 and 14-16 ;
- Explore food nutritional analysis: worksheets to analyse recipes and diets along with a selection of case studies that the pupils can work through (if IT access is available).
Why not take this opportunity to enhance your own personal and professional development?
Food – a fact of life has a number of courses that are available online and free to access:
- Teaching food in primary (England) – the what, when and how?
- Teaching food in primary (Northern Ireland) – the what, when and how?
- Teaching food in primary (Scotland) – the what, when and how?
- Teaching food in primary (Wales) – the what, when and how?
- Functional properties of food
- Food spoilage, hygiene and safety
- Sensory science
- Characteristics of good practice in teaching food and nutrition education (secondary)
There is also a range of presentations and other support materials in the 'Professional development' area of the website.
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