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20 October 2014
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Health and growth

Curriculum relevance | Online lesson plan
Offline lesson plan | Worksheet | Activity |

Online lesson plan


Recognise that humans and other animals require food and water to stay alive

Understand that taking exercise and eating the correct types and amounts of food help humans to stay healthy

National Curriculum

England: Key Stage 1, Science, Sc2, 2b, 2c

Wales: Key Stage 1, Life processes and living things, 2.4

Northern Ireland: Key Stage 1, Living things, Ourselves d

Scotland: 5-14 Guidelines, Science, The processes of life Level A, Conversion and transfer of energy Level B

Resources required

Online activity from Science Clips website: Health and growth

Copies of the Health and growth worksheet printed from the Science Clips website

Teaching activities

Ask the children what they had for breakfast. List the items of food and drink volunteered by pupils on the whiteboard. Why do we need to eat and drink? What would happen to us if we didn’t? Apart from eating the right food, what other things help us to keep healthy? List all appropriate suggestions on the board.

Class work using an interactive whiteboard
Select Health and growth from the Science Clips website. Explain they are going to help this boy survive two days. Read aloud the choices. Ask a child to use the cursor to select one of the choices to give the boy. Observe what happens. What do they think will happen if the boy doesn’t receive it? Withhold the choice and observe what does happen. Work through the quiz, involving a different child for each question.

Group work using a computer for each group
Select and explain the activity as above. Ask the children to choose to give the boy some water. What happens if he doesn’t receive the water? When have they felt thirsty? Work through a couple of the screens in this way. When the children know what to do, allow them to complete the rest of the experiment at their own speed.

Return to the list of foods recorded at the beginning of lesson. Ask the children to sort them into foods that are healthy and those that are not so healthy. What other foods or drinks can be added? N.B. Be aware of and sensitive to any cultural differences in pupils’ backgrounds and the diet they may eat.


Hand out copies of the Health and growth worksheet. Explain that they are going to fill in the triangle with a variety of foods. Why is the shape a triangle? Ask pupils for an example of a food to go in each section. Answer any questions the children may have so they can complete the worksheet independently.

Suggested homework

Ask the children to keep a Healthy Living Diary for a week. Every day they have to record some form of exercise taken and something healthy they have eaten, e.g. an orange. Bring the diaries back to school, display, compare and discuss the variety of foods eaten and exercise taken.


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