Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2020

Food at home - early level

What is this?

It is important to have a healthy and balanced diet as this helps maintain good health and can help children feel their best. These activities support children  to explore foods and build awareness of a healthy diet.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: Early level

Together we enjoy handling, tasting, talking and learning about different foods, discovering ways in which eating and drinking may help us to grow and keep healthy. (HWB 0-30a)

Purpose of the activity

It is important to have a healthy and balanced diet as this helps maintain good health and can help you feel your best.

Resources for this activity are the foodstuffs that you have in your home. This task will require the support of a grownup. For example, the grownup to help gather a selection of the foodstuffs they have in the cupboards out and lay them on a clean table.

Learning activities:

Before starting any of the following activities, children, young people and adults should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water.

  • Grownups talk to the child about a food they would like to try in the future.
  • Ask the child what it is about that food that interests them?
  • The grownup should encourage the child to help prepare the foods.

Examples of questions for the parent to ask

  • Talk about the types of food. Is the food you would like to try a fruit? A vegetable? Something else?
  • Do you have to cook it to eat it? 
  • What sort of things might you eat with it? 
  • What time of day might you prefer to eat this?

National Benchmarks

Identifies, prepares and tastes a range of foods, for example, fruit, vegetables.

Possible approach to assessing learning

Receiving examples of learning at home from children will help you understand how they are managing the tasks you have set and provide some feedback. Using whichever approaches your school uses to communicate with parents, some of the following may be useful in supporting you to assess and celebrate children’s progress:

You may want to ask children to talk about a new food or a food that they haven’t tried in a long time. They can be supported to identify what type of food it is.