Wave 9 - ingredients

Welcome to wave 9 - 59 activities/resources around ingredients to support remote learning at home. Select the activities that best suit your needs! They are divided into two: those that take less time and/or are less complex, and those that take more time and/or are more complex.

Here's a range of activities, each divided into less/more time and complexity. The focus is on ingredients to help children and young people to develop their skills and knowledge around beans and pulses, cereals, dairy, eggs, fish and shellfish, fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and alternatives, potatoes and sugar. There are also links to videos and the Gourmet Burger Builder website.


Beans and pulses

Beans and pulses are a great source of protein and fibre. Why not try these tasty recipes from Food – a fact of life?

Bean burgers – a spicy mix of kidney beans, chilli and mixed herbs.

Crunchy chickpea sandwich – chickpeas and crunchy chopped vegetables with a creamy curried dressing.

Mexican pockets – kidney beans, chicken and vegetables in a wrap ‘pocket’ and baked.

Minced lamb tagine – a spicy mix of lamb, tomatoes, chickpeas and dried apricots.

Tantalising tuna wraps – tuna, and grated vegetables with canned mixed beans.

Tomato, bean and pasta soup – a warming dish with cannellini beans.



Less time / Less complex

1. Food, literacy and geography: What’s made from flour? Name 10 dishes made from flour. List 10 different types of bread. Want more? Link each dish and bread to a country around the world!

2. Cooking, literacy and health and wellbeing: Find your fibre fortune. Get creative and make a fibre-filled meal based on three randomly selected ingredients. Use the instructions to help, and complete the worksheet – remember to use the Store cupboard ingredients!

3. Where food comes from and art: Where does flour come from? Flour is milled from wheat, which is grown in the UK. Create a farm-to-fork cartoon showing how flour is produced from wheat. You can also show how flour is used in the home! Want some support? View a presentation or watch a video.

More time / More complex

4. Science, literacy and cooking: Baking bread. Investigate the science behind baking bread. View the presentation to support, and then complete the worksheet. Why not bake some bread too? Use these recipes as inspiration! brilliant bread, potato and rosemary bread, or Finnish fruit plait!

5. Science and cooking: Thick flour. Flour is used to thicken many sauces. Produce a fact file on the science behind use the use of flour in thickening. Need support, click here? Why not make a cauliflower cheese to demonstrate thickening in action?

6. Cooking: Get cooking with cereals. Use the recipe search function to discover new to make. Click here to view.



Less time / Less complex

1. Where food comes from and art: What happens on a dairy farm? Create a poster that shows what happens every year on a dairy farm. You can include what a dairy farmer has to do in each season and what happens on a typical day for the farmer. Use this poster for inspiration!

2. Where food comes from and art: How does milk go from grass to glass? Create a story board showing the journey milk takes from cows on a farm, to being sold in the supermarket, to being used by people at home. You can use the Grass to glass poster to help!

3.  Where food comes from and literacy: Join the food investigators on their journey to a dairy farm! In this story Mr Valdez takes the class on a dairy farm visit where they meet Mrs Jenkins, the farmer, and learn about how milk is produced. Read through the story and work through the worksheets provided.

More time / More complex

4. Science, literacy and numeracy: Read through the nutritional composition of milk, cheese and yogurt information sheets. List the nutrients shown in each one. Identify the three foods which provide the largest amount of each nutrient for milk, cheese and yogurt. Choose three of the nutrients on your list, put this information into a graph and describe your results.

5. Where food comes from and technology: Dairy farming uses a lot of different technology. Research the different ways technology is important on a dairy farm and how each technology is used. You can use the How have different technologies been used in dairy farming video to help.

6. Food and literacy: How much do you know about dairy and dairy alternatives? Name three alternatives to dairy (e.g. soya milk) and list five reasons why people might opt for those over dairy options. Test your knowledge on the subject with the Dairy and alternatives true or false worksheet.



Eggs are a source of protein, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, folate and iodine. Why not try these recipes from Food – a fact of life?

Courgette and cheese muffins – delicious warm, straight from the oven!

Ham and pineapple pancakes – make your own pancakes and fill with lots of different ingredients. Whatever you have at home!

Parmesan chicken nuggets – eggs bind breadcrumbs to the chicken (or fish) to make perfect crunchy nuggets.   

Quiche – perfect for a summer lunch or picnic.

Savoury choux buns – a medium complexity recipe to test your food skills!

Spicy potato Scotch eggs – a fun take on traditional Scotch eggs.


Fish and shellfish

Less time / Less complex

1. Food, art and literacy: There are lots of different types of fish. View the Types of fish presentation. Find out about four different fish that your family or friends eat. Draw and label each fish.

2. Food and literacy: Fishy facts.  Create your own Fact file based on one of the fish mentioned in The seaside adventure story.

3. Food and art: Did you know that mussels can grow on ropes in the sea? View the Mussels presentation and create a storyboard to explain how rope-grown mussels are produced. 

More time / More complex

4. Food, literacy and health and wellbeing: If you eat fish, are you including it every week? We’re recommended to have 2 portions a week, one of which should be an oily type like salmon, mackerel or sardines. Create a menu for a teenager for a week to demonstrate this recommendation. If you need inspiration for fish recipes, have a look at the FFL recipes.

5. Food, literacy and cooking: Coley, also known as saithe, is a good value sustainable white fish.  Watch the Fish goujons cooking at home video and answer the questions.  To make your own fish goujons, follow the recipe.

6. Cooking and health and wellbeing: Canned fish is a great store cupboard ingredient. Create and make a meal that uses canned crab, mackerel, salmon or tuna.  Base your meal on starchy carbohydrates and include at least two portions of fruit and/or vegetables.


Fruit and vegetables

Less time / Less complex

1. Food and art: Help Alisha and Ronnie put together a fruit and vegetable basket, with the Colourful present worksheet. Design a fruit and vegetable basket for someone in your family!

2. Literacy and health and wellbeing: Are you getting your 5 A DAY? Use the My 5 A DAY tally chart to record the fruit and vegetables you have eaten today. Write a list of 5 different ones you could have tomorrow.

3. Food and art: Join the dots to create a picture of an apple, a banana, a carrot and more! Why not stick your favourite on the fridge to remind everyone in your family to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables?

More time / More complex

4. Where food comes from, literacy and art: How much do you know about the fruit and vegetable journey from farm to fork? Find out about the journey of sweetcorn, pineapples, peppers and bananas. Take notes on each of the videos and choose one to create a ‘farm to fork’ poster explaining the key points.

5. Food and literacy: Did you know…? Read the facts below and find three more fun fruit facts and tell them to someone in your family!

  • The strawberry is not a technically a berry, but an aggregate fruit. Each ‘seed’ that can be seen on the outside of a strawberry is an individual fruit, called an ‘achene’.
  • Pineapples are what is known as a ‘multiple fruit’. This is because a pineapple is formed from many small fruits from multiple flowers, which fuse together into the large fruit that we all know.
  • The colour ‘orange’ is named after the fruit and not the other way around. In England, prior to the 13th century, the colour was simply referred to as ‘yellow-red’.

6. Cooking: Create a fruit or vegetable smoothie at home with our Smoothie shots activity. You can get your family to join in with you. You could get them to choose their favourite fruit and/or vegetable and make it for them!



Meat, poultry and alternatives

Less time / less complex

1. Food, IT and literacy: Test your knowledge of red meat manufacturing with this interactive game. Drag the words into the correct boxes to match the definitions given.

2. Food and art: How much do you know about red meat? Create a poster that shows the source, characteristics and seasonality of red meat. You can use this poster for inspiration.

3. Food, numeracy and literacy: Ask people you know about their favourite type of meat (or meat alternative) and the recipes they make out of each type. Record your findings and present your results as a series of graphs. Describe your results (e.g. what was the favourite type) and make a note of people’s favourite recipes.

More time / more complex

4. Where food comes from: Using the Poultry farming presentation, discover how poultry is farmed. Test your knowledge with the Poultry quiz.

5. Food and literacy: Make a list of five reasons why people might choose to eat meat and five reasons they might not. Ask people you know whether they eat meat or not and the reasons why. Do they match the reasons you listed?

6. Food, literacy and science: Mycoprotein is a meat alternative that is used by many. View the Mycoprotein presentation and test your knowledge with a worksheet and quiz.




Less time / less complex

1. Food and art: Fun with dots! Join the dots on this worksheet to find a potato. Draw your own dot-to-dot cards and challenge your family and friends to name the fruit or vegetables.

2. Food and literacy: Did you know that there are over 80 varieties of potatoes grown in the UK? Find out the names of at least 20 different varieties of potatoes. State the most unusual variety of potato that you found.

3. Numeracy and cooking: Open a bag of potatoes. How much do your potatoes weigh? Identify the lightest and heaviest potatoes.  Choose the longest potato and cut into chips or wedges. No need to peel! Oven cook your wedges and serve with turkey, chickpea or lamb burgers.

More time / more complex

4. Food and literacy: Create a potato fact sheet. This should include: what a potato plant looks like, a labelled sketch, the function of different plant parts, the life processes of the plant, e.g. growth, nutrition, movement, reproduction. It could also include information about: growing potatoes, what a potato needs in order to grow well; where in the UK potatoes are grown; types of potatoes grown in the UK; how to store potatoes; how long they take to grow. For information to support your research, click here.

5. Cooking: What’s your favourite potato recipe? Roy’s favourite is bro-chips! Follow this video and recipe and make your own.

6. Food, literacy and art: Read the Cooking potatoes information sheet and create an infographic around the science behind baking, boiling, frying, mashing, roasting and steaming potatoes.



Where food comes from and literacy: Sugar is grown as either sugar beet or sugar cane. View the Sugar presentation to find out how sugar is grown and processed in the UK. Complete the Sugar worksheet and test yourself with the Sugar quiz. The answers can be found here!


Want to do some more?

Gourmet Burger Builder

This interactive activity challenges you to create your own Gourmet Burger using beef or lamb mince and a variety of vegetables, fruit, cheese, spices and herbs. The activity goes through the stages of ingredient selection, mixing, dividing and shaping, cooking and assembly. A detailed personalised step-by-step recipe is produced so that you can make and cook your own beef or lamb burger.

There are eight presentations to inspire creativity and six worksheets. Plus ‘how to’ and teacher’s guides.

To access Gourmet Burger Builder, click here.


1. Farm to fork – 18 videos from Ancient oil to Yummy honey.  Plus quizzes and answer sheets based on five of the videos.

2. Where food comes from – nine videos covering the processing of fish, milk and wheat as well as a day on a dairy farm.

3. Poultry farming – four videos about poultry farming.

4. Dairy farming – six videos about dairy farming.

5. Cereals – three videos about secondary processing of wheat.

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