It’s crucial that we encourage young children to eat well, but it’s not always easy to get them to eat healthily. Join Food – A Fact Of Life’s free webinar, Learning to love veg: practical ways to help preschoolers eat more vegetables, on Thursday 5 November from 1pm-2pm, for practical advice to help young children eat more vegetables at home and at nursery. To register, click here.
Brand new knowledge organisers for primary and secondary.
Kick-start the school year with these new knowledge organisers, produced to support primary and secondary pupils focus on key food related topics. They are one-sided printable sheets which include key information, diagrams and terms for different topic areas. The organisers are available for pupils aged 5-7, 7-11 and 11-14 years, with 14-16 years coming soon!
Teach about the wheat harvest and harvest festival!
Teach your class about harvest and harvest festival with our new activity pack. Designed to support teaching and learning around the importance of where food comes from, the activity pack includes a range of games, activities and presentations. To view, click here.
Eat Like a Champ – new sustainable lifestyles content!
Eat Like A Champ is a six-lesson programme designed to teach UK pupils aged 9-10 years (Year 5, Primary 6 or P6), about healthy, sustainable lifestyles. To register for free access to the Eat like A Champ digital toolkit, comprising lesson plans, worksheets, presentations, posters and activity cards, click here.
Practical workshops and conferences
Did you know that our Food – a fact of life workshops are still taking place? We are running four practical, online workshops and one practical webinar this year, to support teacher PPD. To see the full programme, and to register, click here.
Use the BNF HEW 2020 resources later this year!
We hope that everyone who participated enjoyed BNF Healthy Eating Week 2020. This year, 5,094 schools and nurseries, and 1,444 workplaces (or workplace teams), colleges and universities took part. You can also catch up on all the cooking sessions from last week’s BNF Healthy Eating Week! All the resources are still available for use. To view these, click here.
Play Food – a fact of life
Get pupils to learn interactively at school, or from home, with our range of interactive resources and videos. We have memory games, interactive videos, click and drag games and other interactive activities, and videos on our YouTube channel to use in class. If you enjoy what we are sharing on YouTube, don’t forget to subscribe! To view our channel, click here.
Nutrition and COVID-19 – free online event
This free virtual event, on the 24 November, 2020 will bring together eminent speakers to consider new and emerging understanding of the interactions between nutrition and COVID-19. There will also be a live panel discussion, where attendees will be invited to ask questions of panellists. For more information, and to register, click here.
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