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Terrific Scientific - Live Lesson

What happens when I eat?

As part of the new BBC science campaign Terrific Scientific, this Live Lesson will help your pupils to think and work like a scientist, with a focus on taste, nutrition, and the energy that food provides.

The lesson is designed for 9-11 year olds:

  • Year 5 and Year 6 pupils in England and Wales
  • Primary 5, Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils in Scotland
  • P6 and P7 pupils in Northern Ireland

We will be looking at the relationship between human taste and nutrition and encouraging pupils to learn how to think and work scientifically - including planning, measuring, observing changes, controlling variables and using test results.

Help your pupils prepare for this Live Lesson by doing their own Terrific Scientific taste investigation. All the information you need to deliver this simple classroom activity can be found on the BBC Terrific Scientific website.

Add up how many of your pupils are tasters, non-tasters and supertasters, and email your results to - we will reveal as many as we can during the live programme.

Access a full lesson guide and activity sheets, available in the 'Get ready for the Live Lesson' section below.

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About Terrific Scientific

Terrific Scientific is an ambitious new campaign from the BBC. Our goal is to inspire primary school pupils to discover their inner scientist. Currently, fewer than 15% of 10-14 year olds aspire to pursue a career as a scientist, leaving the UK with a potential skills shortage. The BBC has partnered with leading universities to create a series of child-friendly nationwide scientific investigations. The data gathered will be sent to the universities and will feed into real academic studies. Join us on a national journey of scientific discovery! Teachers can register on the Terrific Scientific website.

How to get involved

If you've got burning questions for our special guests about working scientifically and setting up experiments, send them in to or get in touch on #bbclivelessons and they could be featured in the live Q&A on the day.

If you are sending in any images or videos that feature children, please ensure that you have parental permission, as they may be shown during the Live Lesson and on our website. Read our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Get ready for the Live Lesson