Date
25 August 2019

Use the classroom curriculum to reinforce allergy awareness and self-management

Promote safety, teach children about reading labels, avoiding certain foods, and knowing what to do if they or their peers eat something they are allergic to.

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Home economics and health

Home economics and health

Teach awareness and understanding of allergies through health and home economics.

Plan for students to consider the impact of allergies as they develop understandings of:

  • meeting their nutritional needs – foods that are safe to eat, reading food labels
  • safety management for themselves and others – carrying medication, checking own food, asking before sharing food
  • preparing food to ensure it is safe for  those with food allergies
  • responsible decision making – making safe food choices, identifying personal safety risks
  • demonstrating empathy – supporting friends, providing help, considering the health needs of others.

Source: Ministry of Education (opens in a new tab/window)

Key competencies

Key competencies

Plan learning opportunities for students to build the skills to self-manage their allergies and support others.

Peer support

Peer support

The attitudes of friends can influence the way allergies are perceived and managed.

Be a MATE – Make Allergy Treatment Easier – is an educational awareness programme. Anyone can be a MATE by following these four easy steps.

  1. Don’t share your food with friends who have food allergies.
  2. Wash your hands after eating.
  3. Know what your friends are allergic to.
  4. Get help straight away if a schoolmate who has allergies gets sick.

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia produce these useful  classroom resources.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Health and physical education: Achievement objectives

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Allergy awareness resource for primary years

Allergy awareness resource for primary years

Read time: 21 min

Publisher: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

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School resources

Publisher: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Create an inclusive learning environment”:

Return to the guide “Allergies and learning”

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