Year 3 Teachers


Eating for health

  1. Ask children why we need to eat.
  2. Look at the 'Why do I need to eat?' page on an interactive whiteboard or in a computer room. Emphasise the balance needed between food consumption and exercise.
  3. Talk through the page 'What's in the food I eat?' discussing how our bodies need a variety of different nutrients to do all the things they needs to do.
  4. Show pupils the eatwell balance of good health plate on the page 'What should I eat?' and talk through the different proportions. Ask pupils to think of different examples of the categories.
  5. Children should then look at their food diaries and categorise the food in their diaries into the different food groups. They should then count up the quantities of the different groups they have eaten in their diary e.g. the number of fruits and vegetables they ate, the number of protein portions they ate etc. This will only be approximate as the quantities of the different groups will hardly ever be a portion size but it will show the variety.
  6. Comparing their diet to the balanced plate, children should decide if their diet is balanced.
  7. If their diet is not balanced ask children to write down three things they can do to improve their diet.