Global Learning London

Food – Curriculum planning

Curriculum planning


Literacy, Language and Communication
Present, dramatise, debate and discuss learning on the theme of food, food choices or lack of food, or Fairtrade;

Select and use appropriate register to communicate about issues, e.g. writing letters about food banks or persuasive texts to encourage children to eat more fruit;

Analyse advertisements/ images/ media stories from multiple perspectives e.g. adverts for ‘junk’ food, or NGO adverts about poverty and hunger;

Use mother tongue and/or MFL to investigate vocabulary related to food or cultural traditions related to food, e.g. celebration events.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Environmental changes that affect the lives and activities of people, animals and habitats;

different ways people can both improve and damage the environment;

religions where fasting is part of a tradition within several faiths, e.g. Christianity (Lent), Islam (Ramadan), Harvest festival;

economic activity, trade and fair trade;

air miles, issues of sustainability and choice around buying local food ingredients;

climate zones, and which foods grow where

Within PE lessons and as part of science work, pupils learn about the importance of leading a healthy, active life

Pupils understand that proper nutrition impacts on health and the ability to perform well in sport

Pupils show through movement and dance how food chains and webs are interdependent

design, make and cook healthy nutritious foods, from recipes for a variety of occasions, with a range of produce;

investigate menus sourced on a theme, i.e. locally grown or vegetarian recipes, and demonstrate creativity through creating own menus for real or imagined events, such as a wedding banquet or a tea party for parents;

grow and cook foods from their own classrooms or school grounds, or set up a café for role-play.

Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education
learn about the difference between wants and needs and that not everyone has their needs met in relation to food;

recognise the role of voluntary, community and pressure groups in relation to food and hunger issues, e.g. War on Want about local food issues

develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices can affect local, national or global issues: like food waste, food banks or the impact of a new supermarket on local shops

Mathematical, Scientific and Technical
use mathematical vocabulary to explore real life global issues around food, food choices or lack of food, and gather, interpret and present data comparisons that display food choices, e.g. pictograms showing favourite fruits;

learn about habitats and how different animals and plants are adapted to their environment and interdependent e.g. through food chains and webs

explore examples of human impact (both positive and negative) on environments: e.g. palm oil is a cheap food ingredient but logging of forests destroys orang-utan habitats.