It’s time to wake up to the rise in diet-related diseases around the world
Cooking skills are in decline, and with fewer children in each generation being taught to cook, millions of people lack the basic skills and knowledge needed to make a simple meal from scratch, or have simply lost the confidence to try.
Why we need food education
- The new national curriculum requires that children be taught about food,
- beginning in Key Stage 1.
- By Key Stage 2, children should be taught to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly
- savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.
- Children are required to understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of
- ingredients are reared, caught and processed.
It’s time to get back to basics and teach our children about food. The Department for Education in England has taken a step in the right direction by recognising the importance of food education. Cooking is now part of the compulsory design and technology curriculum for children up to the age of 14.
However, in order to create real and sustainable change we need to provide primary school teachers with exciting and engaging tools to teach children to fall in love with food.