Science KS2: Digestion - how does breakfast affect your day?

Ella eats a healthy balanced breakfast whilst Jamie just eats a chocolate biscuit.

Zoe explains how a mix of foods with slow-release energy give us the nutrients we need and fills us up.

She then performs a demonstration of the journey our food takes from our mouth through our body, using a collection of buckets, a potato masher, a sponge and some rather nauseated pupils!

Meanwhile Ella's healthy breakfast has given her the fuel to perform well in her maths test.

This short film is from the BBC series, Amazing Me.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to compare different types of breakfasts; look at their ingredients and create a graph and art poster of what nutrients that they contain. For example, how much fat, protein, sugar and carbohydrate.

Decide based on the results what is the best breakfast to have before going to school, and create a poster to advertise it at the school's breakfast club.

You could re-create the experiment in your class that demonstrates how food is broken down in the stomach using the kitchen utensils buckets and tubes, baked beans and a pair of tights and a potato masher.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching the topic of the human body at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Second Level in Scotland.

More from Amazing Me

How the human body grows
How do muscles and bones work?
Respiration - how is oxygen transported round the body?
Teeth - how they help animals eat
How our circulatory system keeps us alive
What causes us to burp and break wind?