Do my friends eat the same as me?

1. Real Life Situation

When I wake up in the morning the only thing I think about is my breakfast. It is hard to decide what to eat because I have lots of choices. Will I eat toast? Maybe cereal? Or eat cheese like in Hungary? Let’s look in the cupboard and see what is inside. It is really important for me to eat a BIG breakfast as I have a lot of things to do everyday.

By lunchtime my stomach is rumbling….(growl growl growl). I look forward to lunch because it means that I can talk with all my friends whilst eating. My lunch looks great. Some of my friends like to eat lots of chips for their lunch, others like to eat an apple. I wonder how they decide what they eat and where their lunch comes from?

Home from school and time for a snack. I have a choice of so many things….orange, banana, crisps, chocolate.

“Dinner time!”  Urrrrgh…not green stuff AGAIN. Why are all the ‘good’ things green? Can’t we eat out instead?

Time for bed, I wonder what I will eat tomorrow?

2. Introduction

spaghetti dinner

Mmm, we’re having spaghetti for dinner.  What are the rest of your classmates going to eat tonight?  This is what you are going to investigate.


3. Task

vegetablesYou are going to be thinking about the food you like, and also about people who are not able to eat every type of food. Some people might have a food allergy, or be vegetarian, or may not be able to eat some things because of their religion.

You will design two recipe cards with dishes that you can prepare at home. You will also investigate what kind of food other people like and make a report from the results.

For some people, where the food comes from and whether it is produced in an environmentally friendly way is also important. You will look into this during the final activity.


4. Activities

Activity 1: What do you like?
Activity 2: Eating preferences?
Activity 3: Making a choice about what you eat


 Activity 1: What do you like?

Discuss the following questions in small groups:

- What do you like? Write down your favourite dish.

- Do you eat dishes which are from other countries?

- Can everybody eat everything? Vegetarians, people with different religious beliefs (such as Muslims, Jews and Hindus) and people with food allergies have restrictions on their diet. Do you know what they cannot eat?


Individually design your own recipe card. Write down the ingredients and instructions for preparing the dish. As you are going to prepare this dish, make sure the instructions are not too difficult. Decorate your card with a drawing of the dish or some of the ingredients.

Working on your own, look for a recipe of one of your favourite dishes (main course).

Design a second recipe card for one of your virtual classmates.





Hi, I'm Anne and I am a vegetarian. This is my own choice



jongen 2

My name is Frank. I have a nut allergy. If I am eating a nut, I need to have my medication or I will get very ill. 




jongen 1



I'm Achmed. I do not eat everyhting because I am a Muslim.






Hi, I'm Tom. I cannot eat eggs. Unfortunately, eggs are in a lot of products.


 Activity 2: Eating preferences

Interview some of your family and friends about food. If you interview people of different ages, you might find completely different answers. See below for some questions to use as an example.  Choose some of these questions and design some new ones.

1.    What is your favourite food?
2.    What is your favourite drink?
3.    What type of food do you like the most?
4.    Do you ever have to eat food that you don’t like? Can you give an example?
5.    What do you never eat?
6.    Is there anything that you cannot eat?


 Activity 3: Making a choice about what you eat


In this activity you will investigate how you can eat in a sustainable way.  You will investigate what food you can eat if you restrict where your food comes from and whether it is processed.




John eats everything he wants to eat without thinking about his food. Suggest a diet for him for one day. Do you agree with him? Explain why (not).





Liam would like to eat seasonal food which is not imported to the UK. Suggest a diet for him for one day.





Susan would like to eat unprocessed food. What can she do to make this as easy as possible?



Ask the teacher which person your group will investigate. To help you in suggesting a diet for somebody you can look at recipes and think about the food that you ate yesterday. Fill in the table in the worksheet.

Afterwards, give your person some tips in what they can change in their behavior to become more sustainable. Complete the worksheet   with your suggestions.

Discuss your results in the classroom or in small groups, depending on what the teacher says.

5. Reflection

Write down three things you have learnt about the different diets people have.

Write down two things you would like to find out more about.

Choose one of these things, how could you find out more about it?

Food and Drink learning wall

6. Conclusion

After your research, you should have a better understanding as to why some people do not or cannot eat certain food products, such as because of their religion, personal choice or a food allergy.
You will also have found out that people have different eating preferences.

If you like cooking, have a go at preparing one of the dishes from your recipe cards at home with your family.

7. Teacher notes

Age: 11 and 12


Total Time: 120 minutes

Activity 1: What do you like? (45 minutes)
Activity 2: Eating preferences (45 minutes)
Activity 3: Making a choice about what you eat (30 minutes)

Curriculum/ subject (cross-curricular links):



Learning objectives:

Pupils know what vegetarians and certain religious groups do not eat and that some people have allergies which mean that they cannot eat certain food.

Pupils are able to find a recipe on a recipe website.
Pupils are able to prepare, perform and process an interview.
Pupils understand why some people choose not they eat certain food.

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