Cookin Castle

Cookin Castle

Cookin Castle is an online interactive website intended to teach and promote healthier eating and good food hygiene practices to children in Primary 4-7.

40/50 minutes x 5 days

CfE Experiences and Outcomes

  • HWB 0-30a - Together we enjoy handling, tasting, talking and learning about different foods, discovering ways in which eating and drinking may help us to grow and keep healthy.

  • HWB 0-33a - I am becoming aware of how cleanliness, hygiene and safety can affect health and wellbeing and I apply this knowledge in my everyday routines such as taking care of my teeth.

  • HWB 1-30a - By investigating the range of foods available I can discuss how they contribute to a healthy diet.

  • HWB 1-32a - I am beginning to understand that nutritional needs change at different stages of life, for example the role of breastfeeding in infant nutrition.

  • HWB 1-33a - I am becoming aware of how cleanliness, hygiene and safety can affect health and wellbeing and I apply this knowledge in my everyday routines such as taking care of my teeth.

  • HWB 2-32a - I understand that people at different life stages have differing nutritional needs and that some people may eat or avoid certain foods.

  • HWB 2-33a - Having learned about cleanliness, hygiene and safety, I can apply these principles to my everyday routines, understanding their importance to health and wellbeing.

  • HWB 3-33a - I can apply food safety principles when buying, storing, preparing, cooking and consuming food.

  • HWB2-20a - By applying my knowledge and understanding of current healthy eating advice, I can contribute to a healthy eating plan.

  • TCH 3-03a - I can explore and use the features of a variety of familiar and unfamiliar software to determine the most appropriate to solve problems or issues.

  • TCH 3-04a - I enhance my learning by applying my ICT skills in different learning contexts across the curriculum.

  • TCH 2-04a - I explore and experiment with the features and functions of computer technology and I can use what I learn to support and enhance my learning in different contexts.

  • TCH 1-14b - Having evaluated my work, I can adapt and improve, where appropriate, through trial and error or by using feedback.

  • LIT 0-14a - I use signs, books or other texts to find useful or interesting information and I use this to plan, make choices or learn new things.

  • LIT 1-14a - Using what I know about the features of different types of texts, I can find, select, sort and use information for a specific purpose.

Learning intentions / Success criteria

  • Develop knowledge of kitchen hygiene
  • Develop knowledge of food storage
  • Develop knowledge of personal hygiene
  • Understand the storage of different types of food
  • Identify areas for cleaning in a kitchen
  • Identify the correct sequence for hand washing
  • Identify a range of healthy food options to make a meal
  • Plan a healthy menu for a week
  • Increase awareness of important of hygiene when dealking with food


  • Cookin Castle interactive resource
  • Teacher's Guide on the webpage which explains how to play the game

Setting up

  • Display Cookin Castle on the whiteboard/computer screens/tablets


  • Cookin Castle can be used as an individual groups task or on a whiteboard as a class activity
  • The pupils take the role of the family cook within Cookin Castle – the last cook has left the family in the castle feeling ill and their job is to make the family feel better
  • The wizard provides a tutorial, written and audio, about how to play the game and encourage pupils to investigate the different area of the castle
  • The 2 areas of the Castle are:
    • The store room – which has been left in a terrible mess by the previous cook so the first task is to clean and tidy the store room and test the pupils' food hygiene knowledge
    • The Kitchen – choose what the family have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and prepare and cook dinner for the family

Cross-Curricular links

Health and Wellbeing

  • PE- discuss how food provides people with energy and how the body uses it.
  • Discuss nutritional needs for different members of the family.
  • Discuss food preferences and food allergies and the importance of reading food labels.
  • Spotting hazards in the kitchen using downloadable posters from the Teacher’s Tab.
  • Learn names of bacteria and the conditions required for them to grow.
  • Research various health conditions related to food.
  • Explore cooking techniques related to healthy eating.
  • Keep a food diary of their own for day/weekend/weekday. Children can take photos of food as a visual diary.
  • Discuss the importance of hand washing and correct techniques required.

Literacy – Reading, finding and using information

Social Studies

  • Discuss rationing in World War 2.


  • Discuss food labels and weights of food.
  • Discuss food shopping and money involved.
  • Relate fractions to the Eatwell Guide

Expressive Arts

  • Draw bacteria.
  • Draw abstract images of how food goes through the body.
  • Create a collage of different food groups.
  • Music – create music to mimic harmful or good bacteria

Assessment Opportunities

  • Presentation of meal choices – peer assessment
  • Create a menu – peer or teacher assessment
  • Class Quiz to show knowledge of facts covered
  • Pupils aim to get a high mark for the store room section and overall high score following the kitchen section
  • Pupils say why foods need to be stored on certain shelves of fridge
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