Changes within Living Memory

Block F - Food

Be introduced to historical concepts, vocabulary and representations through exploring the ways in which life has changed over the time of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.  Develop a chronology of domestic life, clothes, transport, communication methods, toys and books, food and music.  Experience a school day as it would have been in the 1950s and create Acoustic Telephones. Cook up a food festival and create a museum in the classroom!

Look at how our experience of food has changed over the last 100 years. Look into changes in our tastes, in the availability of food, and how different factors have affected these. The block will finish with inviting visitors to experience 100 years of food!

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Popular foods over the past 100 years

Children will explore the idea that food and diets have changed over a number of years. They will learn about some of the regions that different foods come from.

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02: Food origins and food miles

Children will further investigate the global sources of food and the changes in the UK food map. They will investigate and calculate food miles for some popular and common items.

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03: Eating the seasons

Children will investigate the idea of seasonality in food. They will use this knowledge to prepare a healthy, seasonal dish.

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04: Treat detectives: a look at treats over the past 100 years

Children will investigate the recent history and changes in sweet treats! They will look at treats their grandparents and great-grandparents may have tasted and make some of these for themselves.

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05: Food during WW2: recipes and rationing

Children will investigate the concept of rationing and the reasons behind it. They will explore some common recipes used during times of rationing.

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06: Food of the future - cook some and see!

Children will use the knowledge that both foods available and tastes have changed in order to think about what foods of the future might be like.

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07: Shops and shopping over the past 100 years

In this session, children will examine through role-play how shopping has changed over time and continues to change.

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08: A look at the history of local shopping

Children will use this session to look at the local area, the distribution and type of shops, and how these have changed over time.

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09: '100 Years of Food' festival

Children will draw their learning together and invite visitors into the classroom to experience 100 years of food!