Food Competences

By the age of 7-9 children should:

Diet and Health

  • be aware that we all need a balanced and varied diet to grow, be active and maintain health, and that we need to eat more of some foods than others e.g. we all need to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
  • recognise that food and water are basic requirements of life.
  • know that family and friends may eat or avoid certain foods.
  • be aware that being active and looking after yourself are important for health, e.g. brushing teeth twice a day.

Consumer Awareness

  • recognise that all food comes from plants or animals.
  • recognise that food can be grown at home or purchased from local farms and markets, shops and supermarkets.
  • be able to talk about which foods they like or dislike through tasting sessions.
  • know that people choose different types of food, based on who they are with, preference, season, time and occasion (including celebrations).
  • be aware that some foods have labels which provide information to help make a choice.

Cooking (Food Preparation and Handling Skills)

  • recognise and taste a range of familiar ingredients, e.g. fruit, vegetables, cereals, dairy, meat, eggs.
  • name and use a range of basic tools safely, e.g. small knife, chopping board, measuring spoon.
  • use a range of food preparation skills with supervision, e.g. peeling, slicing, mixing, scooping, grating, spreading.
  • with help prepare a range of healthy recipes safely and hygienically.
  • recycle food packaging and be careful not to waste food when preparing and cooking.

Food Safety

  • recognise the importance of preparing and cooking food safely and hygienically, e.g. cleaning up regularly.
  • be able to get ready to cook, e.g. tie back long hair, wash hands, wear an apron.
  • be aware that food purchased or cooked needs to be stored in different ways to keep it safe, e.g. fridge, freezer.