Lesson 2: Food choices and the environment

Understanding some environmental issues relating to food and food production

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand some environmental issues relating to food and food production

National curriculum

  • PSHE Association’s Programme of Study for PSHE: Living in the wider world:
    5. Ways of carrying out shared responsibilities for protecting the environment in school and at home; how everyday choices can affect the environment (e.g. reducing, reusing, recycling; food choices)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support:

Can focus on the themes of either food waste or food miles as these are potentially less complex issues.


Pupils working at greater depth:

Can explore the consequences and impact that some changes e.g. reducing food miles, could have on the income of farmers in other countries.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah Huggins,  
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Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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