What Do We Do Next To Keep Our Food Safe?

About this Guide

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

Suggested HWB Experiences & Outcomes

HWB 1-15a

I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.

HWB 1-33a

I am becoming aware of how cleanliness, hygiene and safety can affect health and wellbeing and I apply this knowledge in everyday routines.

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…)

HWB 1-33a

Demonstrate safe and hygienic practice when preparing, handling and storing food.

HWB 1-15a

Explain different ways in which germs can be spread and controlled.

HWB 1-15aHWB 1-33a

Discuss  the best places to store different types of food

Suggested Learning Experiences

  • 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 an adult, who cooks professionally, in to talk about the benefits of good hygiene and the 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 what the children think about their learning 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.
  • Create experiments to find out the best conditions for effective hand washing eg with/without soap; hot and cold water. Encourage children to make and assess own predictions.

Suggested Cross-Curricular Links

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create a powerpoint explaining ways to avoid the spread of germs when preparing food and some common diseases caused by germs– include photos/video clips to communicate experiences, ideas and information in an engaging way.

Suggested Word Bank

  • Safe
  •  Safety
  •  Risk
  •  Risky
  •  Space
  •  Care
  •  Danger
  •  Hygiene
  •  Cleanliness
  •  Harm
  •  Tidy
  •  Germs
  •  Disease
  •  Infection
  •  Symptoms
  •  Rules
  •  Consequences