Tag Archives: Healthy Eating

Edible Playgrounds

Edible Playgrounds transform school grounds into vibrant outdoor teaching gardens that inspire hands-on learning and get children excited about growing and eating healthy food. They help improve health and wellbeing, open up access to nature, and provide a fun outdoor learning environment that supports cross-curriculum teaching.

The Edible Playgrounds programme offers a comprehensive service comprising engagement of the whole school community, design, build, planting with pupils, teacher training, and planning support throughout the academic year.

The uniqueness and value of the programme lies in embedding food-growing into the school curriculum across all subjects so that teachers learn to teach through gardening, not to become gardeners themselves. This approach builds teachers’ skills and confidence to use their Edible Playground in fresh, innovative ways as an outdoor teaching resource.

For further information please go to: www.treesforcities.org/our-work/edible-playgrounds

or contact Paul Sadler on 07591 387266 paul@treesforcities.org

Healthy Eating Resources for Early Years

Food – A Fact of Life have a number of resources for Early Years;

Where food comes from – resources for children aged 3 – 5

These activity sessions are designed to teach about where food comes from. Children will learn that:

  • food can be bought from different places (or grown);
  • all food comes from a plant or an animal;
  • plants need light and water to grow;
  • food is ready to eat in different seasons.

To take a look now, click here.

Free Webinar in May 2019

  • Wednesday 22 May at 4pm – Feeding of infants and young children, with a focus on behavioural aspects. Professor Marion Hetherington, University of Leeds.

To find out more, click here.


And Don’t Forget – BNF – Healthy Eating Week 10th – 14th June 2019

Healthy Eating Resources

Food – A Fact of Life has a number of resources for Primary and Secondary Schools:

Primary Schools

The Eatwell Guide for Primary Schools:

Explore resources designed to teach primary aged pupils all about the Eatwell Guide. Resources include lesson notes, presentations, activity sheets and games!

  • For pupils aged 5-7 years, click here.
  • For pupils aged 7-11 years, click here.

Wheat Resources for Primary Pupils

Explore how wheat is grown, harvested and milled using the various resources on the website. Children can also learn about how wheat is used to make bread, as well as getting cooking themselves.

  • For pupils aged 5-7 years, click here.
  • For pupils aged 7-11 years, click here.

FaceTime a Farmer

FaceTime a farmer is an initiative that pairs farmers with classes for a series of video calls throughout the year. Pupils have the opportunity to ask the farmer questions and see what happens on the other side of the farm gate to gain a ‘real-time’ understanding of the issues farmers face every day.

To find out more, click here.

Secondary Schools

Network Training Events: 

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to update your skills and knowledge and network with local teaching professionals at one of our FREE Network training events. There are 11 events planned to inspire secondary food and nutrition teachers. For further information and to book, click here

Licence to Cook Resources are back – reviewed and updated!

The newly updated Licence to Cook resources are now available in the 11-14 cooking area. There are 16 session guides, each with suggested recipes and supporting pupil worksheets. To explore the resources, click here.

For Primary and Secondary Schools: Free Webinar in May 2019

Tuesday 7 May at 4pm – Overcoming challenges with engaging children on the autistic spectrum in food lessons. Peter Imray, SEN Trainer and Adviser. To find out more, click here.


And Don’t Forget – BNF – Healthy Eating Week 10th – 14th June 2019


School Food Standards

Guidance on Standards for School Food in England (Department for Education): This guidance on the standards for planning and providing food in schools includes information on:

  • planning and provision of school food,
  • the school food plan,
  • the provision of milk
  • and the free fruit and vegetables scheme.

School Food Standards: Resources for Schools (Department for Education): These resources to help schools and caterers plan and provide healthy food in schools including practical guidance on how to apply the school food standards and make sure healthy options are always available for pupils. The resources include:

  • guidance for schools,
  • food standards poster,
  • guidance for governors,
  • advice on creating a culture of healthy eating.
  • guidance on food portion sizes,
  • headteacher and school lunch checklists,
  • toolkit for small schools
  • and toolkit for infant free school meals.

Breast feeding Advice

How do I increase my milk supply when I’m breastfeeding?   This information from Best Beginnings is available and taken from their Baby Buddy app, verified by experts including representatives from Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Royal College of Psychiatrists as well as other key health organisations in the UK.

Food Resources for Children aged 3-5 years

Take a look at Food – A Fact of Life’s 10 updated food-based sessions for children aged 3-5 years.

Each session explores a food theme and weaves in messages about healthy eating, cooking and where food comes from.

All sessions include notes for practitioners, recipes and letters for parents/carers. To take a look now, click here.