Year 4 Curriculum Activity E:

Food in the UK and Malawi

Start with the Shared Curriculum document, (Shared Curriculum Document Year 4) which outlines the topics studied in the curriculum in in your Year Group both in Malawi and the UK around the topics of 'Exploring different cooking methods' and 'Where does our food come from'? These topics are being studied as part of your normal activities. We want to bring your lesson alive, as you share your findings with Malawi.

Activity E - Exploring food in the UK and Malawi

  • What different foods do we eat? Why? Look at the standard food of both countries. What does “healthy eating” mean in both countries? Think what we need to eat to be healthy. Consider the cost of cooking in Malawi and the UK. Are children's favourite food the same or different in the schools? Why? How do we preserve food in the different countries?


Classroom Activities

There are numerous activities listed below to help you create a fun and informative lesson on the topic of food in the UK and  Malawi. There are also some excellent resources about life, food and farming in Malawi on the shared work and case studies.

Please produce a report to share with other schools about your lesson and what you discovered - click case study pinboard at the bottom of the page.


Suggested Lessons:

  • Food around the World - Look at "Food around the world - 13 school lunches." Which of these meals do you like the look of and why? Which of these meals looks bad and why? Take a vote on your favourite looking food.
  • Images of Food - For schools in Malawi look at "Images of food in England," and for schools in England look at "Images of food in Malawi."
  • School Meals - Look at "School meals-world food programme" to find out some of the difficulties facing children in Malawi.
  • Cooking Nsima - (optional) . Cook Nsima - see useful links, Cooking nsima and much more about Malawi and Starfish TV, “How to make Nsima” (see below).
  • Compare this morning's breakfast and last night supper - Look at "shared work and case studies .... Everyday food examples”.
  • Food Shopping - Compare what is being sold in the UK supermarket with what is on sale at a local village market in Malawi. List the items. What are the differences? Why?

Optional - visit a local restaurant to find out what is on the menu. Compare with a restaurant in Salima or Kasungu.

Food and Fuel: Useful Links

Food around the world: 13 school lunches - Countries include Sweden, Korea, Kenya, Malawi, Japan, India, France and China.

Food and daily life in Malawi - Maize.

Images of food in Malawi.

Images of food in England.

Cooking Nsima and much more about Malawi - Also see Starfish TV "How to make Nsima".

School meals: world food programme - Providing food when there is little.

Malawi cuisine - What Malawians enjoy eating.

Healthy eating in schools UK - Shows what healthy eating looks like in the UK.

A week of groceries from around the world - Photo's of a week of food shopping in different countries.


Starfish TV - Useful Internet Videos



Shared Work and Case Studies for Activities E & F

Hollingbourne Primary School linked with Kaputu Primary School

Download: World Food Trade

St John's Mead Primary School  linked with Chiluwa Primary School

Download: 'The Footprint of Our Food Poem'


Year 4:  Compare Malawian Food and Farming Powerpoint - Powerpoint showing different ways of farming and different ways of shopping.

Year 4: Everyday Food Examples  - Some examples of what children had for breakfast & supper.

Year 4: Everyday Food in Malawi - Availability of food crops, daily diet and some chichewa words.

Year 4: Food and Farming - Farming newsletter about crops grown & animals raised

Year 4: Food at the Trading Post - What was on sale in the local village market.


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