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Health and growth

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Know that eating the right types and amounts of food helps us to keep healthy

National Curriculum

England: Key Stage 1, Science, Sc1 2b; Sc2 1b, 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

A large sheet of sugar paper with the titles Healthy and Unhealthy written at the top

A second sheet of sugar paper with the five food groups written on it and, if possible, small pictures to represent each group: 1) Dairy, 2) Breads and cereals, 3) Fruit and vegetables, 4) Meat, fish and eggs, 5) Sweet foods


Blank labels to be written on

A sheet with a large picture of a packed lunch box on it and the title My Healthy and Delicious Packed Lunch

Children's information books on food and diet

A selection of real menus, including delivery or takeaway menus

Teaching activities

Ask children which types of food they think are healthy or unhealthy. Write their ideas down on blank labels and use Blu-tack to stick the labels to the appropriate side of the Healthy/Unhealthy sheet of sugar paper. Explain that it is fine to eat the unhealthy foods sometimes, but just not too much.

Tell the children there are five main food groups, giving examples of foods in each one and showing them the second sheet of sugar paper. Explain that over time it is important for us to eat a balance of foods from each group. With help from the class, pull the labels from the first sheet of sugar paper and stick them to the groups on the second sheet. Pick out examples such as pizza and discuss the fact that it includes ingredients from several of the groups.

Ask the children to work individually and make up their own healthy meal for a packed lunch with drawings or words or both. Leave some information books on their tables that they can use for reference and ideas.

Ask a few children to share their work. Which of the food groups have been covered? Will this meal taste nice? The children can then vote on which meal they think is the healthiest.


Give the children some real menus ask them to find a balanced meal. For example if they choose a pizza, they could have a salad with it and some vegetables as the topping.

Suggested homework

Ask children to draw a picture of their favourite meal and record whether or not they think it is healthy. Can they add anything to it to make it healthier?


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