Food in Schools Transition

The importance of the careful transfer from primary to secondary school of a child’s food and nutrition skills, knowledge and understanding must not be overlooked or understated. In order to ensure smooth progression in teaching and learning, a child’s food experiences need to be consolidated and built upon. This requires good communication between primary and secondary schools, good quality, meaningful and well-planned tasks and good resources and activity ideas.

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the Food Passport

The Food Passport has been developed to help support the food skill, knowledge and understanding transition. You can use it either during Year 5/6 to support transition to Year 7, or at the start of Year 7 – the choice is yours. It is a simple, flexible and easy-to-use audit/progress tool for primary and secondary school children to use to map out their food experiences. The Food Passport builds on national food education programmes, good practice in transition and it uses a common language.

The Food Passport has been designed to complement and support the primary and secondary school curriculum. It also builds on existing work and good practice, particularly the Food in Schools and Licence to Cook programmes, and the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) Core Food Competences.

Uses in school


  • Primary teacher has attended a Food in Schools Primary Training session, receiving high quality CPD on running food activities in the primary classroom.
  • Primary teacher uses the Food Passport with Year 5/6 children while they undertake a variety of different food activities. Children use the Food Passport to record their progress, as well as set targets.
  • Alternatively, Year 6 children use the Food Passport before they leave their primary school, ready to give to their Year 7 Food Technology teacher.
  • Year 6 children take their personalised Food Passport to their new school. This may be part of a ‘transition day’ or at the start of a new academic year.


  • Secondary teacher collates Food Passports provided by pupils, helping to gauge the level of their food and nutrition skills, knowledge and understanding. This will help to modify lessons, ensuring better progression and continuity.
  • Secondary teacher provides all new Year 7 pupils with a Food Passport for completion in their first lesson. This helps the teacher to benchmark each pupil, as well as providing a useful tool for the Year 7 pupil to use throughout their first year at secondary school.

How to use the Food Passport

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Food Passport Guide

  1. Print out the Food Passport, in colour if possible, as A4 – when folded this makes a fun A6 passport sized booklet. Alternatively, the passport can be printed as A3, making A5 booklets.
  2. Ask the children to fold into A6 booklets – folding lines are provided on the print out.
  3. Get each child to write their name on the front of their booklet.
  4. When you undertake food activities with the children, or you use it for benching marking purposes, encourage children to rate and record their food experiences and progress. The children will work through the following 4 sections:
  1. Diet and health;
  2. Food safety;
  3. Cooking;
  4. Shopping.

The Food Passport is also available as an e-portfolio – a PowerPoint file which children can personalise in order to store their progress electronically. This can then be emailed to the new school or taken on a memory stick. Again, like the paper Food Passport, the e-portfolio could also be used at the beginning of Year 7. Click here to download Food Passport E-portfolio (.ppt).

Further sources of information

Design and Technology Association

Food in Schools

Food – a fact of life

FSA Core Food Competences

FSA Food Route resources

Licence to Cook

Primary Head Teachers

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

The eatwell plate

The eatwell plate is the UK healthy eating model and shows the types, amounts and proportions of foods we should eat to stay healthy. The eatwell plate is accompanied by the Eight tips for eating well.

  1. Base your meals on starchy foods.
  2. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
  3. Eat more fish – including a portion of oily fish each week.
  4. Cut down on saturated fat and sugar.
  5. Try to eat less salt – no more than 6g a day for adults.
  6. Get active and try to be a healthy weight.
  7. Drink plenty of water
  8. Don't skip breakfast

Click here to view The eatwell plate in full. For further information, go to


Food route: a journey through food.foodroute

Food route: a journey through food is a range of colourful age-appropriate resources designed and developed to enable young people to gain food related skills and knowledge. Informed by young people themselves, and their teachers, the resources bring the Food Standards Agency’s food competences to life.

The food route resources have been split into primary school and secondary school resources.

The primary school resources are made up of a series of target charts relating to each of the food competences and are supported by teachers’ user guides, how to achieve guides and a series of worksheet activities.

For further information about the food route resources and details of how to access copies of the resources please follow this link.


Primary Resources


Basic bread dough recipe and method

Download the basic bread dough recipe here

Download the basic bread dough instructions here

Making bread, the facts

Used when demonstrating bread, children can listen to and write down information about bread making as it’s happening. Use in pairs or groups and share the answers at the end. A Speaking and Listening activity.

Download Making bread, the facts here

Making bread, the answers

The answers to Making bread - the facts.

Download Making bread, the answers here


Describing food worksheet

A worksheet activity to describe foods – names, drawing and sensory words to describe the food.

Download Describing food worksheet here

What am I?

An activity to illustrate how important it is to use sensory words when describing foods. Pairs activity.

Download What am I activity here


Star diagram worksheet

Star profile worksheet. Evaluating foods and food products in a visual form.

Download Star diagram worksheet here


Permission letter

A template to adapt for your own use to send home before working with food.

Download the Permission letter here


Food in Schools Hygiene and Safety check list

Download Food in Schools H&S check list here


A sheet of sensory words

A collection of sensory words and descriptors for food.

Download A sheet of sensory words here


Two risk assessment sheets (knives and hot food)

Risk assessments to check against before using knives and preparing how food with children.

Download Risk assessment sheet - Knives here

Download Risk assessment sheet - Hot Food here


Skills check list

Which skills have been used during the day.

Download Skills check list here

Downloadable Recipes

Click here to see downloadable recipes