Year 4 Curriculum Activity F:

Food Miles

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 F - Where does our food come from?

  • Investigate the food journey in the UK and Malawi. What are the environmental issues? What does it tell us about the children's connection to the land in the two countries? How can we reduce our food miles? What does carbon footprint mean? Compare this for the UK and Malawi. Is it the same? Use the lesson plans on the website HERE to discover more

Classroom Activities

Where does food come from

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:

  • Useful links - "Where do things come from around the world"?
  • Work out how far your food has travelled -"Food miles calculator around the world".
  • Importance of local food - Starfish TV "Field to fork" part one, two and three and four (See below).
  • Starfish TV: "Food miles challenge" - This compares the journey of various meals (See below).
  • Shared work and case studies: "Food at the Trading Post" - Shows how far a typical meal plan would have travelled in Malawi.
  • Shared Project - Compare meals in Malawi with meals in the UK. What does this indicate about each country? What impact does big Food Miles have on the environment. Write up a report and compare findings and discuss the issues. Upload onto the "Eco-Case Study Template" and send on the Case Study Pinboard (link below).

Optional extras - please see other resources.

Food Miles - Useful Links

Food miles calculator (open MS Excel® spreadsheet for activity) - Work out a typical meal.

Food miles - Environmental and other issues in transporting food.

Food miles calculator around the world - Calculate how far the food has travelled.

Where do things come from around the world? - Presentations on where food comes from. 

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 comparing Uk & Malawi growing/shopping.

Year 4 - Everyday Food Examples - Typical meals of children in Malawi. 

Year 4 - Everyday Food in Malawi - When food is in Season in Malawi.

Year 4 - Food and Farming - Role of the land in life in Malawi.

Year 4 - Food at the Trading Post - How far food travelled to the plate in Malawi.

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