The Start of Our Food Inclusion Journey

About this Guide

This Early Level guide will help you to create activities around the wellbeing indicator of Included using the Food and Health section of the Health and Wellbeing curriculum.

Suggested HWB Experiences & Outcomes

HWB 0-14a

I value the opportunities I am given to make friends and be part of a group in a range of situations.

HWB 0-29a

I enjoy eating a diversity of foods in a range of social situations.

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To experience the fun and enjoyment of eating with friends and in small groups.

Suggested Success Criteria (I Can…)

HWB 0-14a

Describe how eating with friends and peers makes me feel.

HWB 0-29a

Show simple social skills when eating with others.

HWB 0-29a

Match appropriate foods to different social situations.

Suggested Learning Experiences

  • Mind map all the different social situations where eating takes place – parties, dining table, picnic, school dinners, snack table, restaurants, family home etc.
  • Talk about a time they have shared and enjoyed eating with family/friends. Why did were all the people together?
  • Share own experiences of eating with friends and family at home and on special occasions – what did they like about it, how did they feel? ( this may need to include online events)
  • Provide a range of social situations where the children can eat together eg. picnics, snacks, barbecues, parties, celebrations.
  • Introduce roles/responsibilities for organising or cooking when the children are using role playing activities.
  • Arrange an outdoor eating/cooking event for the children to experience a different environment.
  • Have some photographs of children displaying good table manners when eating with others.
  • Help to set up a picnic, snack table for others to enjoy.
  • Design a display of images of different foods and children can sort/match the most common food to the event/occasion eg, turkey – Christmas, birthday cake – party etc.
  • Children could create their own picture showing how to set a table or what things they would like to eat with their friends.

Suggested Cross-Curricular Links

LIT 0-19a

Read a range of texts where the central theme is sharing or friendships eg The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner.

EXA 0-14a

Set up a café restaurant area where children can role-play ‘cooking’, ordering, serving and eating food.

RSHP 0-51a

Circle time starts by passing a doll round the group and ask the children how we know that a baby is hungry.  Ask them what a mummy would do to help the baby. Explain that at the beginning, babies only have milk. Where does the milk come from? (Acceptance of answers that include shop, box of powder, fridge). Tell children that milk can come from mummy.  Adults to mime cuddling or put the doll to their breast if none of the children do this.

Suggested Word Bank

  • fun
  • friends
  • manners
  • roles
  • taking turns
  • careful
  • share