Food , Glorious Food

Educational value: 
Collaboration
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Resources required: Paper, crayons, pencils and / or camera, video camera.

  • The children take photographs of the school meal experience in their school. The photographs could include pictures of:
    • people cooking or delivering the food
    • children queuing or waiting to be served
    • children eating o clearing up after the meal
  • Organise a display of the photos in the dining hall or a corridor
  • Some children discuss and agree survey questions to interview other children in school about their school meal and the school meal time e.g.
    • who prepares it, what is it, what does it cost, is it good?
    • is there a special eating place in school?
    • do some children go home to eat and then return to school? Why?
    • what do children drink with their food at school?
    • are children able to add salt to their school food?
    • do you think your school meals are healthy?
  • The children write the questions on a survey sheet and ask other children in their own school these questions
  • Some children make a video of the interviews or a document to show the questions and responses
  • The video and/or document is sent to the partner school.

 

  • It is not necessary to have had a reply from the partner school before moving onto this lesson. Some schools might start the project here
  • If appropriate, revisit lesson one, the findings and any reply from the partner school
  • Explain to the class that the new objective is an overview of everything they eat in a typical day
  • Discuss when and what they eat throughout the whole day
  • Create individual time-lines from getting-up to bedtime showing the meals
  • Ask the children to record what they would normally eat at each meal
  • The whole class will then 'show and tell'
  • The children will discuss any issues arising from this e.g.
    • what are the most frequently eaten foods?
    • where are meals eaten?
    • is food prepared at home, or bought at a stall, or in a box or tin from a shop to be cooked at home?
  • They will discuss what information could be sent to the partner school
  • They will agree on some questions and send them to the partner school.

·  Once the partner school has sent similar data, there can be a discussion; Aspects might include:

  • What types of information were sent? Was it the same?
  • What are the similarities and differences between the meals eaten by the children at the two schools?
  • Why might they be similar or different?
  • What this might mean for daily life in the schools?
  • How might the results be displayed?
  • What should happen next and how?

·  Broader conversations could be on:

  • Identity and Belonging – “What does my diet say about me?” Discuss: “I am what I eat”
  • Fairness and equality – “Do we eat the same food? Should we?”
  • Sustainable living – “Can the Earth provide everyone with the same food?
  • ·  One or both partner schools could develop some of their work on school meals into a collaborative activity for the International School Award. To do this they should keep full records of the meals, findings, outcomes and impacts, and ask some pupils, teachers and parents to complete evaluation forms. They might invite pupils to keep food diaries, include artwork, take photos of objects, people, events and displays with annotation, and include a range of material from both schools showing what has been exchanged between them
  • ·  You could extend this work using the linked starter activity ‘Farming, food and Fairtrade’ which is at ‘Developing’ leve

 

 

Resources required: Paper, crayons, pencils and / or camera, video camera.

  • The children take photographs of the school meal experience in their school. The photographs could include pictures of:
    • people cooking or delivering the food
    • children queuing or waiting to be served
    • children eating o clearing up after the meal
  • Organise a display of the photos in the dining hall or a corridor
  • Some children discuss and agree survey questions to interview other children in school about their school meal and the school meal time e.g.
    • who prepares it, what is it, what does it cost, is it good?
    • is there a special eating place in school?
    • do some children go home to eat and then return to school? Why?
    • what do children drink with their food at school?
    • are children able to add salt to their school food?
    • do you think your school meals are healthy?
  • The children write the questions on a survey sheet and ask other children in their own school these questions
  • Some children make a video of the interviews or a document to show the questions and responses