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What’s on the Menu?

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Highlights of the Year 3 IPC learning using the unit WHAT’S ON THE MENU?:

Globalisation and economics


Year 3 transformed their classroom into a healthy cafe and other classes and teachers visited the cafe to order and enjoy the food and drink on offer.


What do we already know about the food that we eat and how it is produced and prepared?


Giving the children the BIG PICTURE about their learning in the unit WHAT’S ON THE MENU!


  • To know about the effects that light, air, water and temperature have in plants
  • To know about the function of the leaves
  • To be able to classify plants according to their features

The children investigated the different plants growing in the school grounds.


  • To know how the nature of particular localities affect the lives of people
  • To be able to communicate their geographical knowledge and understanding to ask and answer questions.

The children visited a local market to research the food that is produced locally. They had the opportunity to taste some of the local produce that they hadn’t tried before. Back in the classroom the children considered the benefits of eating locally produced food and whether it would be an advantage for restaurants to offer fresh food and ingredients from the local area.


  • To be able to use different materials and techniques appropriate to the task.

The children demonstrated cooperation and collaboration to make and decorate 3D volcanoes.


  • To be able to use geographical terms.
  • To be able to use secondary sources to obtain geographical information.

Throughout the unit, the children learned a lot of new geographical knowledge and vocabulary and were able to use the vocabulary in context. In their research, using a range of secondary sources, and record tasks they became more able to use geographical terms to describe different aspects of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Extending their learning about food production the children collaborated well to keep the production line going in their own ‘bean factory’.


  • To know about the principles of nutrition
  • To know about the effect of diet on the human body

The children investigated life in Roman times and used their enquiry skills to ask questions about pictures to find new knowledge. They enjoyed dramatising scenes in the streets of Pompeii before the eruption of Vesuvius. They linked this drama to story writing, using the story Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit.

When learning about healthy foods the children enjoyed using vegetables to create their own art.


  • To be able to gather information from simple texts
  • To be able to find and use stored information from a variety of sources
  • To be able to use ICT to support and present their learning in other subjects

The children have cooperated well in their online research throughout the unit.


The children enjoyed sharing their learning with their parents.