Sensory evaluation is a scientific discipline that analyses and measures human responses to the composition of food and drink, e.g. appearance, touch, odour, texture, temperature and taste. In schools it provides an ideal opportunity for children to evaluate and give feedback on their dishes, test products and experimental designs.
The way in which sensory work is conducted, along with the different tests and sensory language used, needs to be taught. This will help children to understand the process and develop their sensory vocabulary. It also means that children will record and generate evaluative feedback to support their work.
The resources below introduce children to the senses, and include worksheets for different tasting activities. The concept of umami is also introduced.