What do we do next to be responsible about our food?

About this Guide

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

Suggested HWB Experiences & Outcomes

HWB 1-35a

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 1-37a

I am discovering the different ways that advertising and the media can affect my choices.

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…)

HWB 1-35a

Explain the basic journey of food from source to consumer.

Discuss how to prevent food waste eg composting peelings.


HWB 1-37a

Identify different ways the media can influence my choices.

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.

Suggested Cross-Curricular Links

EXA 1-13a

Role-play a visit to the supermarket, highlighting the kinds of foods they are buying, why they choose those foods, and what they might make with the foods.

SOC 1-09a

Fish farming topic – discuss decline in fish stocks through over-fishing. Research types of sustainable fish and methods of fishing. Visit a fish shop/supermarket. Investigate different types of fish available throughout the year.

SOC 1-09a

Recycling topic – reduce, recycle, reuse.

Suggested Word Bank

  • Local
  •  Global
  •  Choice
  •  Journey
  •  Product
  •  Carbon Footprint
  •  Import
  •  Seasonal
  •  Climate
  •  Produce
  •  Economy
  •  Rights
  •  Responsibilities
  •  Community
  •  Helping
  •  Choices
  •  Healthy
  •  Pressure
  •  Bias
  •  Informed
  •  Aware
  •  Products
  •  Advertising
  •  Encourage
  •  Support
  •  Marketing
  •  Packaging
  •  Media
  •  Influence
  •  Likes
  •  Dislikes