What skills do we have to ensure cultural respect for food?

About this Guide

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

Suggested HWB Experiences & Outcomes

HWB 2-09a

As I explore the rights to which I and others are entitled, I am able to exercise these rights appropriately and accept the responsibilities that go with them. I show respect for the rights of others

HWB 2-34a

Through exploration and discussion, I can understand that food practices and preferences are influenced by factors such as food sources, finance, culture and religion.

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To know and respect that there are different factors that influence people’s food choices.

Suggested Success Criteria (I Can…)

HWB 2-09a

Demonstrate respect for individual differences and opinions.

HWB 2-34a

Understand respect for the environment with effective food waste management.

Explain a range of factors that determine peoples’ food choices eg, culture, personal preference, medical demands, lifestyle etc.

Suggested Learning Experiences

  • Collaborative Learning – Investigate food rules / restrictions for the following reasons: Medical conditions (eg diabetes; coeliac disease; food allergies), Cultural food laws (link this to RME topics eg Islamic food laws; Ramadan; Lent – this may be an opportunity to link teaching and learning in Food and Health with other world religions topics), Lifestyle (eg, athlete in training), Personal preference (eg. vegetarian; vegan etc.)
  • Ask your family to write down their food preferences. Imagine you are cooking for the family for a whole day,  write a shopping list and plan meals for them all as well as sticking to a budget.
  • Compare own diet to that of someone else eg, athlete, different culture/religion; someone with diabetes etc. Evaluate the similarities / differences in diet and consider the challenges that individuals face when food restrictions are in place.
  • Investigate if there are any shops in the local area that specialise in international foods – what are these foods? Consider cost, nutritional value, range etc – consider how these factors might affect people’s food choices.
  • Invite someone from a different culture to speak to class about their food laws and/or someone with a medical condition to discuss how their food restrictions affect their day to day lives.
  • Survey children from each year group at lunch time to find out what food they did not eat at lunchtime and what could be done to help or improve this.
  • Use the findings of your audit to try to work out why food is being thown away and set targets for action to reduce this. Consider the following points: is most food waste coming from packed lunches or catered lunches, is food wasted due to portion size, do children have enough time to eat the food and do they like the food they are being given to eat?
  • Research into the different ways that food can be recycled eg Anaerobic Digestion where Food waste from the brown food bins goes to an anaerobic digestion plant. This is a process where micro-organisms break down organic waste. As the waste rots down it produces bio-gas which can be burnt to generate electricity.

Suggested Cross-Curricular Links

LIT 2-29a

Write a newspaper article about the benefits of living in a society with so many different cultures – consider what it would be like to live in a society where everyone was the same.

LIT 2-28a

Write a code, poem or rap to encourage good relationships, understanding and tolerance. Identify positive ways in which they might treat each other, whatever their background, culture, religion, dress.

EXA 2-05a

Create a class collage to express and communicate own thoughts and feelings about the richness and diversity of cultures within our society.

SOC 2-16a

In groups, research the local community to investigate the diversity and richness that exists eg, different types of eating places, foods, languages, religions, ceremonies, community groups, nationalities.

Suggested Word Bank

  • Special
  •  Respect
  •  Food
  •  Festival
  •  Celebration
  •  Occasion
  •  Restaurant
  •  Likes
  •  Dislikes
  •  Choices
  •  Culture
  •  Preference
  •  Opinions
  •  Religious
  •  Lifestyle
  •  Laws
  •  Medical