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KS2 Food Hygiene

This session focuses on microbes found in our food, students will identify both useful and harmful microbes associated with food and learn best practice on avoiding cross contamination. This lesson perfectly complements the Health and Prevention element of the new RSHE curriculum for KS2.

Last Updated October 5, 2020 Medium English Bacteria, Cross-contamination, Harmful, Hygiene, Micro-organism, Microbes, Pathogen
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What will you learn?

This Food Hygiene lesson demonstrates how microbes can infect humans through raw and undercooked foods. Students act as chefs for the class and prepare a pretend chicken sandwich. In this activity students literally see how far they have spread harmful microbes

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 Fridge Game can be used as a classroom game/demonstration to show where food should be stored in the fridge to prevent cross contamination.
  • Learning Objectives:

    • Understand that microbes can be found on our food and can transfer to humans.
    • Understand that cooking food properly can kill harmful microbes.
    • Understand that bacteria multiply very quickly.
    • Understand that refrigeration only stops microbes growing, it doesn't kill them.

    Requirements:

    • Glo Gel or powder (Alternative: glitter)
    • UV lamp
    • Chicken fillets made from play dough (A recipe can be found in section 1.1)
    • Crepe paper (green and red) or plastic toy food
    • Paper plates
    • Plastic knives
    • Oven area (Optional)

    Curriculum Links:

    • Science: Working Scientifically, Living things and their habitats
    • English: Reading & Comprehension
    • RSHE: Health & Prevention
    • Design & Technology: Cooking & Nutrition
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