Focus: “Technologies / Design and Technologies / Foundation to Year 2 / Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding / ACTDEK003
Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating
exploring the tools, equipment and techniques used to prepare food safely and hygienically for healthy eating.”
Complementary: “Technologies / Design and Technologies / Foundation to Year 2 / Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills / ACTDEP007
Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions
learning and safely practising a range of technical skills using tools and equipment, for example joining techniques when making products, watering and mulching gardens, preparing food, using software to design an environment.”
Key Curriculum Ideas
- Selecting healthy foods
- How to safely and hygienically prepare food
Why is it important to teach this content?
Learning about nutrition and practising safe food preparation is essential. Students who are consuming a healthy, balanced diet are more likely to learn at a higher level. Promoting health and well-being from a young age will assist students to make better diet choices now and in the future. For more information: Experts Recommend Compulsory Food Education in Schools
Resources for teachers
Websites which are useful for teachers to educate themselves about nutrition, health and well-being.
Sample lesson plans for ideas on how to teach this content descriptor.
Food storage, hygiene and handling food, cooking and recipes (p.1-5)
Resources to use with students
It is recommended that posters are analysed as a class, as most students’ literacy and critical thinking skills will vary.
Created by Home Economics Institute of Australia & Queensland Health
- Preventing food poisoning
- Keep hands and nails clean
- Keep the kitchen clean
- Handle food safely
- Cook high-risk food thoroughly
- Keep hot food hot
- Keep cold food cold
- Developed by the Australian Government’s ‘Eat for Health’ program.
- Recommended for ages 4-13 years.
- Students “choose healthy foods from the Five Food Groups for meals and snacks for the whole day.”
- Depending on students’ skill levels, play individually or as a whole class.