Year 5 Teachers


Lesson suggestions

A week before you wish to start this work, set pupils a homework task of recording everything they eat for a week using the PDF chart.


Food diaries can be a personal issue and some families may find it intrusive. Try to be sensitive to any issues that may arise. Check the food diaries before the lesson and ensure that pupils are okay to share their answers. Do not insist that children share their answers in front of others if they are embarrassed.

It is unlikely that you will want to teach this quantity of information in one session but the numbers have been given to help you order the work, which you can split into lessons according to your individual timetable.

  1. Once you are ready to start the topic, ask children to look at their food diary.
  2. Ask pupils how many of them have had breakfast everyday for a week and record the number. Encourage all children to eat a healthy breakfast everyday and emphasis the importance it has in terms of waking up the body and brain to help them learn at school.
  3. Ask pupils how many of them ate fruit at breakfast today and record this number.
  4. Depending on the ability of your class, you can set pupils a task to show on a mathematical graph how many people in the class have a portion of fruit for breakfast.