There are several resources available from Food – A Fact of Life, for children aged 3-5 years which look at how a range of food is grown, reared or caught. These resources explore the journey of food, from farm to fork, and include colourful ‘dot to dot’ worksheets and counting resources to help children learn different skills.
Food – a fact of life has published Guidelines for producers and users of school education resources about food. These voluntary guidelines can be used to support the development of high quality resources or to audit resources already in use in school.
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.
Head of Education
Ryton Organic Gardens
Borough: London wide
Food Growing Schools: London brings together the very best of London’s food growing expertise, information and support, with the ambition to inspire and equip every school in London to grow their own food.
This exciting project is a partnership initiative led by Garden Organic and working together with the RHS, School Food Matters, Capital Growth, Trees for Cities, Food for Life and Mayor of London. We work with both experienced schools and those new to food growing, to provide free resources and advice, develop skills and expertise, and connect schools with community volunteers and businesses to build sustainable networks of support.
Our support is wide ranging with many resources available via our website and we cover the following:
- FGSL Directory offers an extensive list of local, London-wide and national organisations that offer all different sorts of support so you can make links that work for your school.
- Curriculum ideas: lesson plans and ideas on linking food growing throughout the curriculum
- Food growing guides and resources
- Help to find free or low-cost gardening materials and tools
- Competitions to win gardening items, vouchers, or a visit from one of our team
- Termly themes: Grow Your Own Picnic, Grow Your Own Business, and Growing Around the World.
How to get involved:
- Sign up for our e-Newsletter at – www.foodgrowingschools.org
- Complete our Survey at www.foodgrowingschools.org/survey/
- Follow us on Twitter @FoodGrowSchools
Target Group: Schools of all ages and types
Cost implication for the school: None