Schools, Teachers and Parents
Welcome, here you will find everything you need to bring British food alive with school children get them excited about the wonderful food we produce in this country.
We have so much information for you from downloadable pdfs of our “putting the Ooo back into Food” guides; contact details of organisations that can send a chef into your school to help you run cooking lessons; ideas on how to involve parents; and advice on how to gain publicity for your school's food activities.
You will also find information on taking part in British Food Fortnight - now an established date on the school calendar - and you can read about our annual school’s initiative. Hundreds of schools use British Food Fortnight as an opportunity to teach young people about food and how to cook. Everything you need to plan and run your activities is on this page.
We hope that you enjoy putting the Ooo back into food in your school! Here is just a quick glimpse of how your children and school can get involved:
- Link up with a local farmer or producer. Ask them to visit the school, or pay them a visit so the children can discover how food is made.
- Ask your school caterer to produce a British themed school lunch, and produce menu cards detailing where the food has been sourced for children to take home to parents.
- Approach local restaurants to ask whether a chef can come and demonstrate in school.
- Make bunting, with flags alternative between Union flags and photos of food grown in the local area. Decorate the classrooms and hallways to help people get into the spirit.
- Hold a British assembly in the form of a 'banquet', and focus on food thorough the ages - that which would have been eaten by Kings and Queens at different times. Encourage the children to dress up as Royals from different points in history and if possible, produce dishes for them to try.
- If you have an allotment, encourage the children to think about where some of the foods planted originate from, and label those that are truly British with Union flags.
- Encourage children to research the food in their local area with their parents. Set up a local food trail with options for places to visit on the weekend, e.g. pick your own centres and farm shops.
Putting the Oooo back into food guides
The following guides can be downloaded as pdfs on the right hand side of this page or via our Resource section
Putting the Ooo back into food: A Resource Pack for Schools’- This pack is designed for those who want to teach young people about food, but do not know where to begin. It contains lessons and activities for each curriculum subject with details of where to obtain the resources to support them; in-season recipes; plus contacts of organisations that can offer activity-based support and learning facilities to help you
‘Putting the Ooo back into food: A Guide to including Cookery within the National Curriculum’- The organisers of British Food Fortnight have worked with experts in education and culinary fields to produce a guide to incorporating cookery within the national curriculum. The guide gives practical advice on how to organise cookery activities for young people. It also contains examples from schools that have successfully incorporated cookery within their curriculum teaching; ideas for cookery lessons for early years, primary and secondary children and contacts of organisations that can help you by providing chefs who can visit your school to give cooking demonstrations and assist with lessons.
‘Putting the Ooo back into food: Case Studies – How schools have linked to British Food Fortnight'
Resources for Teachers and Parents
Our Online Resources page is a comprehensive list of online resources, activities and ideas for parents and teachers. The page has links to organisations which provide up to the minute information on the curriculum, teaching resources and activity ideas.
You can download a Potted History of British Cooking and Food at the bottom of this page. We also have lots of useful information about British Food & Drink and buying British throughout our website.
For example, learn about the logos and marks here.
Inviting a chef into your school
Inviting a Chef into your School is a handy guide and a list of things to consider when planning a chef’s visit. You can download the document at the bottom of this page and these companies can also help.
Family participation is critical to getting children enthusiastic about preparing and enjoying food so why not set cookery homework activities that involve parents, for example help prepare a family meal using in-season produce? Other tips include:
- Give a list of “Top Tips” to parents in your next school mailing or give to pupils to take home: there are lots of tips, for example: freezing small amounts of mashed veg to save time, buying fruit and veg in season to save cost and hiding veg in sauces for fussy eaters are all practical tips for parents to try with their children.
- Encourage parents to share their tips: ask parents to send in their tips and compile a school list of the best.
- Join Henri Le Worm and Friends as the grow fresh food in their garden and then have lots of fun cooking it. Download the App and join in the fun!
- Download and use the Bean and Pea themed children's holiday activity pack for key stage 1 pupil for a host of games, activities and sports to lessons in cookery, gardening and even botany.
Download the PDF: A potted history of British cooking Download the PDF: Inviting a Chef into your School