Have some fun with Food Standards Scotland’s educational resources

Teaching children about safe and healthy food is a skill which could be crucial to the future health and success of Scotland.

Approximately one third of children are overweight or obese and people in Scotland only follow 11 out of 20 food safety tips on average.

Education

The value of teachers providing these life lessons cannot be understated. That’s why Food Standards Scotland offers a suite of online education resources aligned to Curriculum for Excellence, which make lesson planning easy.

Developed by teachers and experts at Food Standards Scotland, our resources bring together up-to-date and trusted advice which can be used to teach young people about healthy eating and food safety.

So before you start pulling together your food and health lesson plans, head over to the Food Standards Scotland website for some fun and engaging activities.

Activities

Those for S1s to S3s, include interactives based on the Interactive Eatwell Guide and food storage and other activities cover topics on food bacteria, allergies, sugar in drinks and marketing. Teacher’s notes provide extra information on healthy eating, food safety, allergy and intolerance, food labelling and the Eatwell Guide and you there are links to other Education Partners’ websites.

Alison Swain, Home Economics teacher at Bannockburn High, Stirling said about the Sugar Detectives activity, which asks pupils to investigate the amount of sugar in drinks: “Our S2s loved the Sugar Detectives activity. They were really surprised to see how much sugar there was in some of the drinks.”

Food Cards

You can also order free food cards for your class by emailing us at resources@fss.scot.  The cards give lots of interesting facts about each food featured in the pack of 135 cards that are used in some of the online activities.

We also have a dedicated Facebook group for Teachers where you’ll find tips and ideas as well as asking any questions and sharing your experiences of using the resources. You’d be very welcome to join the group – Food Standards Scotland Teachers Group.

And don’t forget to visit us at this year’s Scottish Learning Festival, 19 – 20 September. We’re on stand D15 and will be happy to show you our resources and discuss how you can use them to help Scotland’s children learn some invaluable lessons for life.

To find out more and access our online resources visit our website.

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