Food Smart & Resources

PECT Food Smart Accreditation

Food and nutrition is a major part of our lives; helping children and young people to have healthy attitudes and behaviours, along with good evidence based knowledge will enable them to make healthy choices and to develop the skills and abilities necessary to make informed choices about what they eat and drink, when and why, both now and in the future.

PECT is working as part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Schools Service to support schools to adopt a whole school positive approach towards healthy eating, food and nutrition through our Food Smart Accreditation.

Food Smart is completely free of charge and comprises of –

  • Assemblies – virtual and in person
  • Lesson Plans & Resources – which can be mixed and matched to suit your needs
  • Workshop Sessions – students & parents
  • Teacher Training Opportunities
  • Links to local businesses, initiatives & other food related networks

Our individual support for schools and teachers helps to build awareness and confidence in food education whilst providing interactive learning for the students. Specific and targeted opportunities can also be organised on request for those schools that choose to participate in the Accreditation.

The Food Smart Accreditation is broken into 4 components –

  • Food Provision
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Community

These work through progressive levels of Bronze, Silver or Gold (see the below Food Smart Accreditation Summary of Standards for more details). Once these standards have been reached, schools should contact PECT to arrange for their individual audit to take place. This is an informal chat which takes no longer than 30mins, as well as going through the standards, schools will also be given guidance on any areas that have not yet been met or on how to progress to the next level. This is all about supporting and sharing the good practice which has been seen to enable schools to meet the needs of their students.

To make it easier to navigate through Food Smart, please see our resource mapping to enable you to select the right resource for your students. All our lesson plans are designed in mini bite sized sections so for example; you may choose to take a starter activity to deliver as a discussion point or assembly and follow up with the rest of the lesson at a later date. The same principals have also been applied to their delivery. As you will see, we have given a rough guide to the Key Stage level, but included in the plans are simple starting foundations and more complex deeper learning elements, which include links to other supporting resources, so you can differentiate learning for your cohort as needed.

If you have any feedback, ideas for new resources or require further assistance, including a Food Smart Accreditation Audit, please get in touch at

Food Smart Resources Guide    Food Smart Summary of Standards   

Eat the Rainbow-Lesson Plan

Eat the Rainbow – Extension Lesson Plan

Eat the Rainbow – Cards

Eat the Rainbow – Taste Test Chart

Grow the Seasons – Lesson Plan

Grow the Seasons Where Does Food Come From – Resource

Eat the Seasons – Lesson Plan

Eat the Seasons – Extension Lesson Plan

Eat the Seasons – Cards

Eat the Seasons – Calendar

Potions & Portions – Lesson Plan

Potions and Portions – Student Booklet

Bringing It All Together – Lesson Plan

Bringing It All Together – Resources

Lunch Box Junk Box – Lesson-Plan

Lunch Box Junk Box – Resource

Lunch Box Junk Box – Cards 

You Are What You Eat – Lesson-Plan

You Are What You Eat – Extension Lesson Plan

You Are What You Eat Processed V Natural – Cards

You Are What You Eat Processes of Food – Resources

Food Miles – Lesson Plan

Food Miles – Extension Lesson Plan

Food Miles – Resources

Food For The Senses – Lesson Plan

Food For The Senses -Resource

Food for Fuel – Lesson Plan

Food for Fuel – Teacher Resource

Food for Fuel – Week Health Diary

Food for Fuel – Reflective Diary

Food for Fuel – Calories v Exercise Jigsaw Pieces

Food for Thought Lesson Plan

Food for Thought – Teacher Resource

Food for Thought – Brain Function Map

Food for Thought – Brain Jigsaw

Food for Thought – Brain Food Cards

How Much Sugar In Your Drinks – Teacher Resource

How Much Sugar Is In Your Drink – Cards

Food Skills Passport

Food Skills Passport – Glossary of Terms

Food Skills Certificate

Food Smart Game Board

Food Smart Game Rules & How To Play

Food Smart Game Question Cards

Food Smart Game Plates

Home Learning Resource – Food I Spy

Home Learning Resource -Food Labels

Home Learning Resource – Food Logo Challenge

Home Learning Resource -Create Your Own Meal

Home Learning Resource – Evaluation Of Your Meal

Home Learning Resource -Healthy Restaurant Challenge