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Teaching food in primary: the why, what and how (Scotland)


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A course for primary school teachers

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Food in schools
45 minutes
Introducing the online training approach and key documents which support food teaching in school.
Food origins
60 minutes
Exploring where food comes from and some of the processes involved in producing food.
Healthy eating
60 minutes
Exploring the Eatwell Guide, its food groups, key messages and application.
60 minutes
Introducing energy, nutrients, fibre and water and the differing nutritional requirements throughout life.
Applied nutrition
30 minutes
Using nutrition knowledge to plan and prepare meals that contribute to a healthy varied diet.
Food safety
40 minutes
Considering and managing food safety and hygiene in the classroom.
60 minutes
Managing and preparing the classroom, resources and pupils for safe and purposeful, practical food lessons.
20 minutes
Planning a progressive, whole school approach to food.

Complete the course to access the final assessment.

Course details

This course has been specifically created for initial and practising primary school teachers. It is based on the requirements of Curriculum for Excellence and the government's Core competences for children and young people aged 5 to 16 years, as well as the guidance document from PHE to support primary teachers delivering food in schools entitled, Food in primary schools: a framework of knowledge and skills.

Free places available - If you teach in a primary school in Scotland, or are a trainee teacher, you can register for free access to this course. To register, click here

This course covers:

  • Module 1: Food in schools
  • Module 2: Food origins
  • Module 3: Healthy eating
  • Module 4: Nutrition
  • Module 5: Applied nutrition
  • Module 6: Food safety
  • Module 7: Cooking
  • Module 8: Teaching

Each module includes a short test, providing you with feedback on your progress. 

On successful completion of a final assessment, a personalised BNF certificate is created. (The final assessment may be repeated).

The course will take approximately 5-7 hours to complete but does not have to be completed all at once. You can complete the course at your own pace – there is no time limit.  

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BNF is grateful to the following organisations which have supported the staff time to develop this course: The Morrisons Foundation, with support from Agriculture Horticulture Development Board, Associated British Foods, Kellogg's, Ingredion UK Limited, M&S, nabim and Warburtons. The content has been developed by BNF alone.




Certification details

At the end of this course you will receive a personalised certificate of completion from the British Nutrition Foundation. 

For professional development purposes, this course supports: