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Geography Plus: Primary Teachers' Toolkit
Food for Thought: Investigating where our food comes from

Sue Parsons and Marcia Foley

  • Series Editor: Paula Owens and Paula Richardson
  • Pages: 40
  • ISBN: 978-1-84377-275-0
  • Published: 2013

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Food for Thought will help deepen pupils’ understanding of the geography of the food they consume from field to plate through investigations incorporating history and origin, seasonality, weather and climate, food miles, regional specialities, food processing, distribution inequalities and the future of food supply.

Food for Thought is part of Geography Plus series offers creative and enjoyable crosscurricular lesson ideas through which pupils will develop a wealth of knowledge and skills rooted in good geography.

Each book contains eight fully-resourced lesson plans with starter, main and plenary activities accompanied by supporting resources including pupils’ activity sheets, PowerPoints and photosets plus a medium-term plan and background information for teachers. These resources are all available from a password protected area of the GA website, free to download as and when you need them, or on an optional CD.

Each lesson contains varied main activities, providing the flexibility to match the content to your needs:

• for an eight-week unit of 50-minute lessons you can work through the book sequentially, selecting one main activity for each lesson and following the plans;

• for a longer session, or for carousel learning, groups of pupils can work through the different main activities suggested in each lesson;

• for a themed day or week the lessons and activities can be combined.

This flexible approach gives you support where you need it and the scope to adopt and adapt the ideas and content with confidence.

This table shows how this book and the Geography Plus series meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum.


Quick guide to lesson resources
Why teach about the geography of food?
How to teach about the geography of food
The geography behind our food
Medium term plan
Lesson plans

  • Lesson 1: What do we know about the geography of our food?
  • Lesson 2: Has our food changed?
  • Lesson 3: Where does our food come from?
  • Lesson 4: Is my food from near or far?
  • Lesson 5: Who eats what and where?
  • Lesson 6: How is our food made?
  • Lesson 7: Is there enough food to go round?
  • Lesson 8: What is the future for our food?

Further teaching ideas
Concepts covered
An enquiry framework
Assessment and progression
Your professional development
Subject coverage


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