Food education has a higher profile than ever before and from September 2014, all schools that follow the National Curriculum have to teach food as part of Design and Technology studies. This includes a new section on cooking and nutrition in the programme of study at KS1, KS2 and KS3.
Below are a selection of links and resources which provide information about the curriculum, lesson plans, worksheets and ideas for extra-curricular activities.
We are always looking for new, informative and exciting information for our readers, so if you know of an excellent new food resource for teachers or parents, or would like to add a link to your organisation we would be delighted to hear from you. Please email us.
Links are listed alphabetically, with the following key:
E = Early Years, P = Primary, S = Secondary
Bake Your Lawn is the Real Bread Campaign's scheme to encourage kids to take a handful of wheat and grow it, mill it, bake it, eat it. Teachers, parents and community youth group leaders wanting to lead children on the Real Bread journey from seed to sandwich. [P, S]
The British Library has produced an interactive site for KS3 and KS4 citizenship and geography students. It traces the amazing changes that have taken place in the UK's food culture over the last century. Users can play with colourful animations and listen to audio interviews from the British Library Sound Archive to investigate the ways in which food relates to identity, cultural diversity, the environment, technology, farming, shopping, travel and much more. [S]
British Nutrition Foundation is a great resource with sections on healthy living and food in schools. It has a special teachers’ area. [E, P, S]
The British Pig Association Junior Club is dedicated to encouraging all age groups to become involved in pigs. They cover all aspects of pig health, welfare and breeding and invite anyone interested in pigs to become a member. Ladies in Pigs also supports the pig industry and they are able to give talks to schools and run competitions to encourage children to learn more about pigs, pork, bacon and ham. [P, S]
Change for Life is an NHS site which has lots of tips on healthy eating, shopping and cooking. [E,P,S]
The Childrens Food Trust provides a comprehensive resource for teachers and parents, with up to the minute information on Government initiatives, School food provision and also home of Lets Get Cooking, the largest network of healthy cooking clubs in the UK. [P, S]
Our downloadable Children's Colouring Sheets provide a fun activity to get children thinking about food production.
Countryside Classroom is a very comprehensive listing of resources available to educators in the field of countryside education. Supported by many of the heavyweight education organisations, it is the place to find out about everything from food to farm visits.
Discovering Our Countryside brings the world of farming and the countryside right into the classroom. It is a virtual learning platform (VLE) which contains a series of farming, growing and food production teaching resources. [P]
Education News has released a colourful montage of images as a poster relating to healthy eating, cooking and where food comes from. [P, S]
FACE online (Farming and Countryside Education) is a comprehensive resource including lesson plans, factsheets and information booklets all about education in the countryside. ***New December 2015 Activity booklet: What's happening to our bees? ***
Farm Behind the Food Our food carries so many labels and logos nowadays but what do they all mean? An information base for teachers with illustrations and classroom activities. [P, S]
Farms for Schools is run by countryside learning and provides a list Countryside Learning is a national charity that connects children, families and teachers with the countryside. They organise events and have developed a range of useful lesson plans. [P, S]
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens is a wealth of information on visiting farms and gardens. P, S
Food a Fact of Life is a fantastic resource from the British Nutrition Foundation, full of educational activities for children from 3-18 years. [E, P, S
The Food for Life Partnership is an exciting and inspiring project that celebrates growing and cooking food, and aims to transform school and community food culture. The website contains advice and resources on growing, cooking and visiting farms.
Food in Schools has developed a new resource to support pupils with their transition from primary to secondary school food education. Food Passport is an audit tool which allows pupils to review and record their experiences in food related areas. [P, S]
The Fruit-Full Schools Website provides schools with the necessary information required to use their grounds to design, grow and maintain their own traditional orchards. This includes downloadable information such as step-by-step growing guides, fruity fact sheets, top tips and real-time learning from participating schools. [P, S]
The Grain Chain is a great website which explains how wheat is grown and used to produce breads and breakfast cereals. The website offers a range of media to engage young people, including: interactive whiteboard activities, information pages, activity sheets, quizzes, videos and games. There are also full teacher's notes, with curriculum references, lesson plans and homework/extension ideas. P
The Great Grub Club website is aimed at 4-7 year olds and is produced by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF UK). It has plenty to keep young people occupied including A-Z of fruits and vegetables, recipe suggestions, food facts and quizzes. [P]
Grow Your Own Potatoes is a project that teaches primary aged children about potatoes. Register your school and receive a free potato growing kit! [E, P]
Growing Schools has an excellent range of activity ideas for children of all key stages. [P, S]
Health Games and Activities has a great range of games for indoor, outdoor and electronic play. [P,S ]
Henri Le Worm is an interactive website with games, clips, recipes and educational activities for children. Also available as an online app. [E, P]
Hens for Hire offers schools the opportunity to experience hen keeping, and the benefits it brings to students, whilst removing the on-going responsibility and holiday cover of keeping hens in school. They provide full support and training for staff. P, S
Kids Enjoy Fresh is a website designed to encourage children to eat more fruit and veg. The site featured educational games and activities for kids and dedicated sections for parents and teachers with tips on how to encourage consumption. [E, P]
Local United provides a pack designed to help you set up a food hub in your school. Food hubs are a fun way for children and school communities to learn about local food systems and how to run a self-sufficient social enterprise. This learning can have strong links to the school curriculum. A food hub can also be a source of income for the school. [P, S]
LEAF Virtual Farm Walk is a great interactive opportunity to find out all about farming and the environment. Two real farmers, Sally and David, are ready to show you around the virtual farm. There are lots of fun things to do on the walk, with lots of fascinating facts about farms and the animals and plants that live on them. [P, S]
Lessons in Loaf is a free guide from the Real Bread Campaign to help teachers plan and run bread making classes. It includes lesson plans and information to help create follow on work that uses bread as a topic across a range of subjects at Key Stage 2. In addition, where the Campaign knows a professional Real Bread baker willing to pass on skills, they will help make an introduction to a local school. [P, S]
The Meat and Education website offers a series of six modules designed to support KS3-4 student understanding of meat production, nutrition and preparation, each comprising a PowerPoint presentation, teachers’ notes, classroom activities, curriculum links and links to other resources. [S]
The National Farmers Union has a range of materials including leaflets, posters, activity books and more all designed to help children (and adults!) learn about Great British food and farming. [P, S] ***New October 2015 Why Farming Matters primary school resources ***
The National Sheep Association provides information on different sheep types. [P, S]
Nourish Education have printable sheets with fun activities that encourage learning and discussion about healthy food choices and nutrition. [P, S]
Nutritionist Resource has a huge support network and allows you to find a professional in your local area. Their search tool allows you to filter your search down to the important details, such as location, specialisms and gender, meaning you don't have to go through lots of pages to find what you want. [S]
Nutrition for Kids is a page packed with fun activities and web quests designed to teach children about health, nutrition and food. [P]
PhunkyFoods is an award-winning early years and primary school programme of healthy lifestyle curriculum activities, lesson plans and resources.
The Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening includes recipes, lesson plans, competitions and a young school gardener of the year initiative. [P]
Rocket Gardens supply baby plants to schools. The box arrives on your schools' doorstep ready for immediate planting to create your own instant kitchen garden. They have been specially designed to harvest during term time. Each garden is full of a wide variety of tastes, textures and colours, to keep children interested and learning. [P, S]
This is Dairy Farming is a consumer website to provide information about British dairy farming. Though not aimed directly at schools, it is a useful source of facts and figures and has a video flyover of a typical dairy farm. [P, S]