Suggested HWB Experiences & Outcomes

  • When preparing and cooking a variety of foods, I am becoming aware of the journeys which foods make from source to consumer, their seasonality, their local availability and their sustainability. HWB 1-35a
  • I am discovering the different ways that advertising and the media can affect my choices. HWB 1-37a

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To understand local and global issues affecting food choice.
  • To interpret information to make informed choices while being aware of the pressure and bias of advertising.

Suggested Success Criteria (I can...)

  • Explain the basic journey of food from source to consumer  HWB 1-35a
  • Identify different ways the media can influence my choices. HWB 1-37a
  • Discuss how to prevent food waste eg composting peelings. HWB 1-35a

Suggested Learning Experiences

  • Food and the Consumer
  • Investigate where food comes on a local and/or global scale from eg. the journey a product like bananas makes before it reaches the supermarket. Take account of how it is transported/carbon footprint etc.
  • Find examples of food products that are imported and sold in Britain.
  • Consider seasonal and climate differences, storage, possible damage and food hygiene.
  • Make a dish using local/seasonal ingredients and map the sources of the items you are using. Add up the miles it took to get from farm to fork.
  • Dicuss what can be done with food waste. Show the children all of the different ways the food can be recycled eg animal feed, digester plant,compost.
  • This is the link to Zero Waste Scotland Education pack.
  • Examine Fairtrade products and discuss why people should buy them - Select and prepare snacks using Fairtrade products / explore differences in taste of Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade products / organise a Fairtrade coffee morning.
  • Advertising and the Media
  • Look at a range of food packaging for same product eg, yogurt – compare the packaging and discuss which is more appealing giving reasons for choice.
  • Play a game of “Taste the Difference” with the class. They can blind taste branded and non-branded or budget versions of different foods and see if they can identify which is which. They can evaluate their choices based on just the taste of the food.
  • Brainstorm why we buy certain foods eg, marketing (look, adverts, familiarity); ease (frozen foods require less preparation); taste (sugar and fat appeals to our taste buds).
  • Compare packaging from a variety of products advertised as being good for children and discuss whether they really are eg, cereal, yoghurts, fruit juice.
  • Investigate how advertising companies try to encourage the sale of their products eg, jingles, packaging, famous people etc and discuss media influences.
  • Investigate snack foods that are advertised on televisions during children’s viewing times. Discuss why you like / dislike these advertisements.