Food in Schools Primary Training newsletter – Edition 3
Welcome to the third edition of the Food in Schools Primary Training newsletter. The team are very pleased that the new programme website is proving to be popular and is helping both trainers and delegates’ access information.
There are two main news areas on the website; the first is the regional news update. We want to encourage all trainers and trained primary schools to share what they have been doing and the fantastic work that is taking place – it will help to debunk the myth that there is not much food education going on in primary schools! This does not have to be complicated, in fact to help teachers and trainers we have planned a template that can be filled in giving details to go into the regional newsletter on the website – let’s celebrate the achievements of teachers and children!
The third Food in Schools Primary Training newsletter focused around curriculum issues and developments in food education. It is an opportunity for us to keep everyone up to date and share information.
Let us know what you think (
) – feedback on the development of the news and other aspects of the website are welcomed.
Primary curriculum update - latest news
Ministers confirmed on 7 June 2010 that they will not proceed with the last Government’s proposed new primary curriculum, which was based on a review led by Sir Jim Rose. The new curriculum was due to be taught in schools from September 2011, but the relevant clause in the Children, Schools and Families Bill did not successfully pass through the last Parliament.
To quote from the Department for Education website “The Government intends to return the National Curriculum to its intended purpose – a minimum national entitlement organised around subject disciplines – and will shortly announce its next steps.
In the meantime, the existing (2000 statutory orders) primary curriculum will continue to be in force in 2011/12 and schools should plan on that basis.”
With this advice in mind schools can continue to develop and enhance the food technology plans for key stage 1 and 2. Food in Schools Primary training comes to a close in March 2011 so if you have not yet accessed training please contact
to book a place.
Food in Schools Transition
The Food Passport has been developed to help support the food skill, knowledge and understanding transition. For more information click here.
An innovative, interactive web-based education resource for primary school teachers has been launched by Platinum Films in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency.
Inspired by the Channel 4 TV show Planet Cook, and based on the Food Standards Agency's food competences, the resource helps young children learn how to choose, cook and eat safe, healthy food – while at school and at home.
PlanetCookClub.com includes a teachers' area that contains lesson plans, video clips and interactive content as well as curriculum links. The lesson plans, for children aged 7 to 9 years, looks at all aspects of food – from balanced diets, nutrition and health to shopping, handling and cooking safe food.
There is also a colourful and exciting game area for children to explore that adds another dimension to their learning experience.
The game quest area involves finding three keys which, along with a password from their teacher, enables children to access a game for each lesson and some of the lesson content for themselves. By completing the game they win an 'Info-Bite®' relating to a cooking technique. They also have the opportunity to find recipes that they can share with their friends and family.
The Planet Cook web resource can be found here.
Food – a fact of life
Food - a fact of life provides a progressive approach to teaching about healthy eating, cooking and food and farming, for pupils aged 3 to 16 years. There are a range of resources that can be used to support your own teaching and for training, ensuring consistent and up-to-date messages are delivered in schools.
Have you seen the area designed to support children aged 3-5 years? The resources have been developed to help young children learn about healthy eating, cooking and where food comes from. There are two types of resources:
10 Food-based sessions
This resource comprises 10 sessions based around different meal occasions. During each session, the children are involved in a practical cooking activity, developed to help them learn more about the meals they eat and how to create simple, healthy dishes.
Healthy eating, Cooking and Where food comes from activity sessions
This resource comprises 12 activity sessions, four for each of the following areas, healthy eating, cooking and where food comes from.
All resources are free to download.
The team would be pleased to receive any news items or comments. Please email the Food in Schools Primary Training team