M&S Convenience Food

Discussion and activity ideas   

This page suggests ways in which old and new images can be used with different subjects, as prompts for discussion and extension activities.

KS2/3 Art & Design/Media

  • Look at the Percy Pig Sweet packaging and decide what customer age it is aimed at.
  • What do you think of the image, colours and fonts that are used? Could you suggest alternative ones?
  • Think of your favourite sweet or chocolate bar and design your own new packaging for it. 
  • Use ICT to create billboard style adverts to promote the new look of your sweet.   

KS2/3 Food Technology

  • How important do you think it is that M&S sweets are made from pure fruit juice? Why?
  • Why is it important that we don't eat too many fatty things or foods with lots of sugar or salt?  Watch the video in the link below to find out more about salt.
  • Do the Fishy Fact quiz from the link below
  • Play the Love Food Hate Waste game from the link below.
  • Have a day at school where your class learn to cook foods from different countries. Ask your teachers to invite people to demonstrate different cooking styles. 
  • Design your own own convenience food product. Spend time collecting data, asking questions such as what are peoples' favourite meals, do certain age groups like particular foods, do people like food from different cultures? You could then produce charts and graphs to represent the data you collect.
  • Have an 'Apprentice' style competition where your class is split into groups to promote your new convenience food.

KS2/3 Citizenship

  • In 1985 it was still quite unusual to be able to buy ready meal dishes from different cultures e.g. Chinese or Asian. In your class see how many foods from different countries people eat. You could bring in pictures of your favourites.
  • Does enjoying food from other countries have an impact on how we think about cultures different from our own? How?

KS2/3 Geography

  • How could you reduce food waste in your school? Take some tips from the link below.
  • Convenience foods might benefit us but are there any down sides e.g. does it encourage the use of more packaging, or the transport of ingredients from further away? How are M&S addressing these issues?

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