These notes help to explore fish as a food. Where we might shop for the fish and shellfish we eat at home, school or in cafes, restaurants and fish and chip shops. We then encourage the children to think about how they might include fish as part of a healthy diet and suggest some quick and easy fish recipes to prepare at home or school.
Discuss with the children where they could shop for Fish and Shellfish and how they might buy it.
We do not all have the opportunity to shop somewhere such as Billingsgate Market.
Using a concept map highlight where they might shop for fish and shellfish and
encourage the children to think about the different ways fish and shellfish are sold.
Billingsgate is the United Kingdom's largest inland fish market. It is located in the East of London very
near to Canary Wharf in London. Prior to 1982 the market was located in Lower Thames
Street near to London Bridge. The market site is owned by the City of London Corporation.
About 50 individual fish and shellfish businesses operate
from the market – they are known as Merchants.
Discuss with the children how they might buy the fish and shellfish they need to make a
recipe dish – does it have to fresh could it be canned, frozen, smoked, pickled
Food for thought.. What else might we consider when choosing which fish or shellfish to buy for
a recipe – price/cost; how the fish was caught or farmed- sustainability.
Below are some of the symbols that might be displayed at the shops or on
the packaging which help to identify sustainable fish or shellfish.
Looking at the Eat Well plate discuss where fish will fit into a balanced diet.
We are all encouraged to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
It is suggested eating fish and shellfish at least 2 times a week would also help to
keep us healthy. Let us think about why this might be a good idea.
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