British Nutrition Foundation and dairy farming resources.

As part of the GCSE food preparation and nutrition curriculum, food teachers will now have to place a bigger emphasis on food provenance. Under food provenance, pupils will be expected to have a greater understanding of the primary and secondary stages of processing and producing foods and also to discuss the environmental issues associated  with food production.

I am pleased that the specification now places a greater emphasis on food provenance and I am now trying to come up with lesson ideas on how to include lessons on my scheme which include this important topic.

The British Nutrition Foundation has a fantastic set of resources which food teachers can use free of charge. This morning I came across this amazing page which has lots of resources on dairy farming and food provenance which have inspired me and will save me hours of work. As a person who grew up on a farm, I can say that these resources authentically illustrate what it is like to be a dairy farmer and will give pupils a realistic insight  into the challenges experienced by dairy farmers too.

Check it out here


And here is a lesson plan I have written using these wonderful resources

Lesson Plan – Dairy Farming


Learning objectives Teaching Activities/Points

•      To discuss the nutritional composition of different types of milk.

•      To understand how milk is produced.

•      To recognise the differences between farming systems.

•      To be aware of the different initiatives being undertaken by dairy farmers to protect and enhance the environment.





  • Starter: Ask for two volunteers to taste test four samples of milk to see if they can identify the types of milk. Discuss the nutritional composition of milk using the BNF information sheet.
  • Name a variety of different dishes and meals which contain dairy products.
  • Use PowerPoint presentation slide 3 to name dishes and meals which contain dairy products.
  • Pupils to spend 7 minutes reading the journey of milk sheet independently. Teacher to question pupils.
  • Discuss the importance of milk in the diet and explain where it comes from using slides 4, 5 & 6.
  • Pupils to write out key words into their booklets.
  • Pupils to watch BNF video on farmers and the environment.
  • Teacher to read through slides 21,22 to explain about impact of farming on the environment.
Assessment for Learning Differentiation
·         Use randomiser to question pupils.

·         Pupils to complete the worksheet on dairy foods for homework.

·         Plenary

Explain how milk is produced.

Why is the red tractor scheme important?

How can methane gases affect the environment?





  • Use questions on PowerPoint to challenge pupils at different levels. True or false questions are less challenging. Discuss answers.
  • What can farmers do to maintain the environment?
  • What is the difference between semi –skimmed and evaporated milk?
  • Some people cannot drink milk? Why is this?
Key words and skills Extension Activities
·         Methane, red tractor scheme,

·         Sustainability


  • Pupils to list a variety of recipes which use milk as a main ingredient.
  • Pupils to discuss the following statement:


“Milk production impacts the environment in various ways”.

Resources Risk assessment
  • Pupil booklet
  • BNF PowerPoints
  • BNF Worksheets as named below
  • Nutritional composition of milk datasheet
  • A year on a dairy farm
  • The journey of milk
  • Dairy food worksheet


  • Usual risk assessment for theory lesson.
  • Check food allergies for taste testing  milk activity.


4 thoughts on “British Nutrition Foundation and dairy farming resources.

  1. I found this very interesting as I am currently trying to make my way through our new curriculum and its a very slow process. I was wondering if you have the slides you mention as I can’t see them. Thank you in advance. Gina.


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