In preparation for today’s lesson, I would like you to write down a menu of what you would typically eat in a week. You can download and use the template or record it in your exercise book. Remember to include:
Look at the foods that were rationed during the war and the average allowances for a child between aged five and sixteen. If you have any of these food at home, you could try and weigh some of them out to see how much you get per week.
How does this sound? How much do you think you eat of these foods each week nowadays? Looking back at your weekly menu, do you think you would have enough rations to get by?
Although many foods were not officially rationed, they were in very short supply or simply not available. Some children grew up never seeing bananas or oranges for example, as these were imported from overseas.
Now, write a second menu to show what you might have eaten during the war. You may need to do a bit of research to help you. Remember fruit and vegetables were not rationed but would be hard to get hole of unless of course you grew your own!
I have attached some WW2 recipes, which used savoury ingredients to make sweet treats. You could have a go at making one of them at home this weekend if you want to!