Teachers' Guide

Teachers' Guide

This is the main guide for Food and farming for children aged 8-11 years.

Key Fact 1

Food is produced all around the world.

Key Fact 2

Food is processed on different levels to make it edible and safe.

Farm to fork challenge (8-11 years)

Do you know what happens to your food from the farm to your fork?

Cool creations

Non-cook recipes for the primary school classroom.

Videos: Cool creations

See how to make some recipes that do not need any cooking.

Hot and happening

Recipes that involve the use of the grill or hob.

Videos: Hot and happening

See how to cook delicious hot meals.

Brilliant baking

Baking recipe for the primary classroom.

Videos: Brilliant baking

See how to bake a range of recipes.

Where do my meals come from? (8-11 years)

Do you know where the food from your meals comes from?

Videos: Farming

See how crops and animals are farmed in the UK.
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This guide will help you plan a series of successful lessons exploring food and farming for children aged 8-11 years.

Key Facts
The key messages and concepts are delivered through 2 Key Facts:

1. Food is produced all around the world.

2. Food is processed on different levels to make it edible and safe.


Why Key Facts?
The 2 Key Facts provide a comprehensive and progressive approach to teaching the topic of food and farming.  They provide a framework to build upon, ensuring that consistent and up-to-date messages are delivered in school.

Using this framework, children will be introduced to the idea that food is produced all around the world and that the food we eat is processed on different levels to make it safe.
The Key Facts provide an excellent base for creating your own lessons.

Uses in school
Food – a fact of life provides a comprehensive framework for teaching children about fundamental food facts. The activities and resources provided are mapped explicitly to the different curricular requirements around the UK.

Using Food – a fact of life
The teaching and learning about food and farming for 8-11 year old children is divided into 2 Key Facts.

For each Key Fact, the following is provided:

  • Learning objectives;
  • Classroom activities, e.g. research, ICT, cooking and growing;
  • Useful resources, e.g. PowerPoint presentations, interactive activities, video clips and worksheets
  • Sources of further information.

The Key Fact ‘planners’ and downloadable resources are designed to be flexible and allow you, the professional, to dip-in and use what you feel is best for your school and the children you teach. Feel free to use the Key Fact ‘planners’ in detail or only use the PowerPoint presentations – the choice is yours.

Food – a fact of life fully supports and exploits the appropriate use of ICT in teaching and learning, using a range of interactive activities to enable children to learn about fundamental food concepts, as well as PowerPoint presentations and videos that can be used directly in the classroom. However, the Key Fact ‘planners’ also promote and encourage hands-on practical work with food, through cooking and growing.