How Did That Get On My Plate?

Year 2

In this project children explored the question ‘How Did That Get On My Plate?’

The project began with children thinking about what humans and animals need to survive. We learnt all things depend on other living things in order to survive and made simple food chains demonstrating this. Next we moved on to thinking about where food comes from. We visited Stepney City Farm and took part in a farm to fork workshop where children learnt about where our food comes. We also learnt about the different processes that food goes through before reaching the shops. Children were food detectives and looked at food packaging to find out what countries our food comes from – We were surprised to find that some food travels a really long way and children considered the climates in other countries and why food might be grown elsewhere. We learnt about the environmental impact that food miles has and how we can be a food hero by eating food that is grown locally. We also looked at a range of food packaging and considered which packaging was least damaging for the environment. Children were really keen to apply this to their final product – which would be making pizza’s to cater for the YR and Y1 exhibition. They researched which ingredients were seasonal and therefore could be grown nearby and carried out market research to find out which of these seasonal ingredients the YR and Y1 children liked. Children used recycled cardboard pizza boxes and decorated these with logos. Fantastic acting and oracy skills were shown when the children made adverts to convince children to try their pizza. Finally the children made pizza dough, chopped vegetables and made their pizzas to serve at the exhibition! Although they went down a treat Y2 were very reflective when evaluating their pizza and what they might do differently next time.

Curriculum links


Problem solving and critical thinking

Foundational skills

Taking control of your learning


Care and respect

Working collaboratively

Happiness in body and mind


Creativity and the arts

Expert skills

Design thinking

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