Suggested HWB Experiences & Outcomes

  • I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health. HWB 1-15a
  • I am becoming aware of how cleanliness, hygiene and safety can affect health and wellbeing and I apply this knowledge in everyday routines. HWB 1-33a

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To understand the effects of good hygiene and safety on health and wellbeing.
  • To know how germs are spread and controlled.

Suggested Success Criteria (I can...)

  • Demonstrate safe and hygienic practice when preparing, handling and storing food. HWB 1-33a
  • Explain different ways in which germs can be spread and controlled. HWB 1-15a
  • Discuss  the best places to store different types of food.HWB 1-15a / HWB 1-33a

Suggested Learning Experiences

The European Food Safety Authority has stated there is no evidence that food is a source of coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is very unlikely that it can be transmitted through the consumption of food. However, practical food activities including food sharing, tasting, preparation and cooking are probably going to be quite difficult to manage in a classroom setting during this initial period as children return to school. Fortunately there are still plenty of other relevant activities providing challenge and enjoyment for the children, including finding out about things they may have tried to cook at home.
  • Identify dangers /potential dangers from a kitchen scene and discuss what should be done to rectify them.
  • Create a set of safety and hygiene rules to follow when preparing food eg. put on apron, tie long hair back, wash hands etc.
  • Create a set of safety rules to promote personal hygiene in general eg. do not cough or sneeze over food, wash hands after using the toilet.
  • Invite the school nurse to talk about the benefits of good hygiene.
  • Invite a chef/school cook to talk about safety and hygiene rules they must follow in their kitchen
  • Create a peer-led lesson on effective hand washing/food preparation and/or visit other classes to show them what they have been learning about handwashing and perform a demonstration.
  • Engage in national campaigns/poster competitions eg, Food Standards Agency, to promote hygienic practice when handling, storing and preparing food.
  • Make a food preparation wall display or book using photos of children preparing food safely and hygienically.
  • Write captions explaining what is happening in the photos and how much they enjoyed/valued the experience.
  • Illustrate/Explain what might happen if they don’t prepare food safely e.g feel unwell, stomach pains, feel sick, diarrhoea.
  • Make a ‘Day in the Life of My Hands’ poster to illustrate how much they use their hands every day – write one thing they use their hands for on each of the fingers – this should generate/reinforce discussion around the importance of washing hands to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Experiment - use UV germ detector to show germ areas on hands before and after washing. Experiment with/without soap; hot and cold water to find out the best conditions for effective hand washing. Encourage children to make and assess own predictions.