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Food route: a journey through food  

'Food route: a journey through food' is a range of colourful age-appropriate resources designed and developed to enable young people to gain food-related skills and knowledge.

Informed by young people themselves, and their teachers, the resources bring the Agency's food competences to life.
Food route has been developed to:
  • enable children and young people at primary and secondary schools to develop skills and knowledge around diet and health, food safety, cooking (food preparation and handling) and consumer awareness (when shopping) 
  • support independent self study so pupils can learn and test their knowledge at their own speed 
  • support curriculums across the UK with relevant links to food technology, home economics, science, personal health education and religious education 
  • be used by parents/carers as well as teachers 
  • address the Agency's commitment to produce a version of the food competences that young people can interact with
The Food route resources have been produced by the Agency, working closely with the British Nutrition Foundation, and have been split into primary school and secondary school resources.

The resources

The primary school resources, aimed at young people up to the age of 12, are made up of a series of four target charts relating to each of the food competences and are supported by teachers' user guides and how to achieve guides. There is also a series of worksheet activities, which is available for download only.

The secondary school resources take the form of a short workbook for each individual competency area, again supported by teacher user guides.

A downloadable certificate is available for each age group, designed to be awarded on completion of the various charts, worksheets or workbooks.

The primary school resources deliver learning around a healthy balanced diet, being safe in the kitchen, carrying out basic cooking skills, such as peeling, slicing and mixing, as well as teaching children about food labelling and where their food comes from.

The secondary school workbooks contain activities for young people looking at the Agency’s 8 tips for eating well, being a healthy weight, preventing cross-contamination, understanding storage instructions on food labels, factors affecting our food choices (including the influence of advertising) and how to make recipes healthier when you cook.


Primary school resources

Teachers' user guide

Up to ages 7 to 9
Worksheets
Complete chart
Food safety chart
Diet and health chart
Cooking chart
Shopping chart

Teachers' how to achieve guide
Certificate of achievement

Up to ages 11 to 12
Worksheets 
Complete chart
Food safety chart
Diet and health chart
Cooking chart
Shopping chart

Teachers' how to achieve guide
Certificate of achievement 

Secondary school resources 

Teachers' user guide 

Up to ages 11 to 14
Food safety workbook
Diet and health workbook
Cooking workbook
Consumer awareness workbook
Certificate of achievement

Up to ages 16+
Food safety workbook
Diet and health workbook
Cooking workbook
Consumer awareness workbook 
Certificate of achievement

To order free copies of the Food route resources (while stocks last) contact Food Standards Agency Publications on 0845 606 0667 or by email: foodstandards@ecgroup.co.uk. A complete list of the resources that are available to order, together with their order codes, is included below. Copies of the Food Route resources are also available to order in Welsh.

Primary school resources for ages up to 11 to 12
The primary school resources deliver learning around a healthy balanced diet, being safe in the kitchen, carrying out basic cooking skills, such as peeling, slicing and mixing, as well as teaching children about food labelling and where their food comes from.

Primary school resources for ages up to 7 to 9
The primary school resources deliver learning around a healthy balanced diet, being safe in the kitchen, carrying out basic cooking skills, such as peeling, slicing and mixing, as well as teaching children about food labelling and where their food comes from.

Secondary school resources for ages 16+
The secondary school workbooks contain activities for young people looking at the Agency's 8 tips for eating well, being a healthy weight, preventing cross-contamination, understanding storage instructions on food labels, factors affecting our food choices (including the influence of advertising) and how to make recipes healthier when you cook.

Secondary school resources for ages up to 11 to 14
The secondary school workbooks contain activities for young people looking at the Agency's 8 tips for eating well, being a healthy weight, preventing cross-contamination, understanding storage instructions on food labels, factors affecting our food choices (including the influence of advertising) and how to make recipes healthier when you cook. 

See also
Bwyd-ysawd: dewch ar daith
Food competences for young people Find out about food competences for children and young people
Food route publication list