Food for thought- new scheme

One of my tasks for the holiday is to produce a new Key Stage 3 scheme of work.

A bit of context is needed… the scheme is for year 7 and based around food, but it will deliver atlas skills, some basic numeracy and ICT skills. It will probably be taught around the mid part of the first half-term, so I’m looking at easing them in, as well as developing good habits.

I’m not sure whether this is the start of the scheme or not (I just wanted to make a start!), I’ve been thinking about how to open the unit. This was my first bit of inspiration.

So I was thinking about cultural differences in food etiquette…

This got me thinking about how national identity is sometimes, stereotypically, linked to food dishes. It’s how my mind works. 😉

So the first part of the lesson involves a ten question type quiz, asking students to suggest a nation to a national dish.

I thought we could discuss a couple of things from this..

  • how geography and history has influenced food choices.
  • the role food has in culture and defining identity.
  • how this identity might be used to stereotype nations.
  • how these national dishes might be relics, due to globalisation.

Most of this, will of course, be discursive.  Lets not scare them!

I then thought about a task related to food etiquette, so produced a set of etiquette dominoes related to food and drink. I’m going to show the HSBC advert before this…


I suppose there is also a discussion about the impact of globalisation here on food etiquette. Perhaps a later lesson about fast food and the impact on different cultures. McDonalds is credited for street eating in Japan which was taboo.

Perhaps the weakest task is the final part of the lesson, asking students to research five favourite dishes and their origins. Not sure about this.

The resources are here.

As always feedback would be grateful. 🙂

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  1. Jo Blackmore
    Posted August 1, 2008 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    This sounds like an excellent topic. I am battling through a globalisation and fashion unit at the moment and have included a bit on McDonalds around the world in the first ‘what is globalisation?’ lesson. It features a series of pictures and a series of places – just matching location to McDonalds outlet. I’ll send you a copy when I’ve finished it.

    I just looked through a newspaper website to see if I could find anything on holiday makers and their habits abroad. There must be some reference to local food and the percentage of holidaymakers abroad that eat local food/national dishes, as opposed to hunting down the nearest full English breakfast. What a stereotypical thought – but it’s still true of some people abroad, I’m sure. I now have the thought of Benidorm, the ITV series, in my head!!

    There was an excellent series on BBC Four I think, with a guy that travels to countries, trying various traditional foods. We use the one from India to reinforce rural-urban migration. I think it’s called Cooking in the Danger Zone(?). He samples rat in the episode, cooked by the lowest rung of the caste system. Then you could do a bit on food and class…the possibilities are endless with this one!

  2. Tony_Cassidy
    Posted August 1, 2008 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I like the McDonalds idea, would love to see it.

    Thanks for the reference to Cooking in the Danger Zone, I’ll look to see if the dvd is one sale. Great idea. I was thinking about using an episode from the Tribe.

    Thanks for the comments.

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