How Clean Is Your Kitchen

Teaching Time: 50min

Target Group: Key Stage 1

Curriculum Links:

Science: Working scientifically; Living things and their habitats

English: Reading and comprehension

PSHE: Core Theme 1 - Health and Wellbeing

Design and Technology: Cooking and nutrition

Learning Objectives:

All students:

  • understand that there can be harmful microbes found on raw food, especially raw meat.
  • know the best way to destroy harmful microbes on meat is to cook thoroughly.
  • know to always wash your hands after touching raw meat.

Some students:

  • know that raw meat should be kept on the bottom shelf of the fridge.
  • know not use the same chopping board and knife to chop raw and cooked meat.
  • know that meat and vegetables should be chopped on different chopping boards.
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This Food Hygiene lesson demonstrates how dangerous microbes can infect humans through raw and undercooked foods.

Activities include:

  • Students prepare a pretend chicken sandwich that allows them to see how far they have spread dangerous microbes.
  • Worksheets facilitate a discussion on “do’s and don’ts” for kitchen cleanliness and management.
  • The “Kitchen Investigator” experiment that uses bread to show where most microbes lurk in the kitchen.

This video shows a demonstration of the “How Clean is Your Kitchen” chicken sandwich preparation activity.

  • How Clean Is Your Kitchen - Complete pack  Microsoft Word icon    Adobe PDF icon
  • Other resources
  • Key Stage 2 pack England  Microsoft Word icon    Adobe PDF icon

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