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Literacy


  • Plan a healthy party / celebration.

  • Design healthy menus – smoothies, fruit kebabs, main courses, deserts etc.

  • Discuss what fruit & vegetables you like & why, what you don’t & why ….

  • Exploring & discussing the fruit & vegetables using all 5 senses.

  • Design a healthy packed lunch.

  • Keep a diary of the life cycle of plants your are growing.

  • Report on the process of how to grow cress seeds etc.

  • Compare several lunchboxes ranging from healthy to unhealthy & discuss.

  • In my lunchbox I have … (memory game).

  • Kim’s game – a tray of objects, teacher to hide 1 children to say which one is hidden.

  • Guess hidden fruit from description.

  • A is for apple, B is for banana …

  • Explore a range of different fruit & vegetables (with different parts), prepare labels for the different parts, brainstorm suitable words & print out, label & classify.

  • Explore the different varieties of apples – names, taste, countries they come from …

  • Read “Handa’s Surprise” by Eileen Browne, list the different kinds of fruit in the story & find the words in the text that describe each fruit.

  • Identify parts of text that is direct speech & discuss conventions. Write speech in bubbles
  • Ask questions about the fruit & vegetables make a paper or soft-ware based binary tree to answer questions.


  • Investigate which is the favourite fruit / vegetable in the class, how can the data be collected & presented. What questions can be asked. Use ICT.

  • Keep a diary of everything they eat for a day. Identify the different foods eaten & where they fit into a healthy plate.

  • Identify which food groups ingredients from a recipe come from.

  • Choose 1 fruit / vegetable to handle, taste & talk about. Prepare a list of words to describe the fruit thinking about taste, appearance, textures etc.

  • Write a poem about fruit / vegetable (class or individual).

  • Write a list of words associated with fruit / vegetables modelling for children how to write a list – vertical or horizontal.

  • Think about the fruit & vegetable names & make an illustrated list.

  • Re-tell the “Grub” story.

  • Draw the 3 main characters & plan what Grub would like for his next meal – use speech bubbles.

  • Grub – p.9 find “crunch, crunch, crunch,” what do these words describe. Write a list of other words that describe biting & eating. How many sound like their action.

  • Write a recipe for the salad on p.1. List all the ingredients & write step by step instructions.

  • Investigate recipes, what are their common features?

  • Discuss the importance of following instructions.

  • Model writing instructions for eating Satsuma’s. Ch. to choose a different fruit or vegetable and write instructions for it. Add annotated labels.

  • Design a questionnaire to find out about fruit & veg intake, healthy lifestyles etc

  • For books see accompanying list of books that relate to food.
  • The Little Book of Cooking From Stories – Featherstone Education Ltd. ISBN 1904187048



Numeracy


  • Counting the 5 a day – keep a chart.

  • Weighing sugar / salt levels in favourite foods – predicting, doing, discussing results.

  • Sort into groups – size, shape etc.

  • Cut in ½, ¼ etc.

  • Problem solving - display fruit around room, estimate ho much there is, is there enough for everyone, how can we find out, how many left etc.

  • Compare several lunchboxes ranging from healthy to unhealthy & discuss.

  • Card games – snap & pelmanism.

  • Explore a range of different fruit & vegetables (with different parts), prepare labels for the different parts, brainstorm suitable words & print out, label & classify.

  • Explore the different varieties of apples – names, taste, countries they come from …

  • Ask questions about the fruit & vegetables make a paper or soft-ware based binary tree to answer questions.

  • List those that have travelled a long / short distance.

  • Investigate which is the favourite fruit / vegetable in the class, how can the data be collected & presented. What questions can be asked. Use ICT.

  • Identify which food groups ingredients from a recipe come from.

  • Fruit Bingo

  • Design a questionnaire to find out about fruit & veg intake, healthy lifestyles etc


Science


  • Smoothie making / tasting.

  • Fruit Kebab making / tasting.

  • Weighing sugar / salt levels in favourite foods – predicting, doing, discussing results.

  • Tasting sessions discussing likes / dislikes.
  • Exploring & discussing the fruit & vegetables using all 5 senses.


  • Compare taste of fresh with preserved. Which do they prefer?

  • Grow cress seeds / mung beans.

  • Life cycles / growing schemes.

  • Problem solving - display fruit around room, estimate ho much there is, is there enough for everyone, how can we find out, how many left etc.

  • Compare several lunchboxes ranging from healthy to unhealthy & discuss.

  • Explore a range of different fruit & vegetables (with different parts), prepare labels for the different parts, brainstorm suitable words & print out, label & classify.

  • Design a test to find out which fruit / vegetable is the juiciest.

  • Discuss why fruit & vegetables don’t stay fresh for long & how they can be preserved – make a display.

  • Plant & grow tomatoes in grow bags.

  • Identify which food groups ingredients from a recipe come from.

  • Put a coin in a bowl of ketchup or coke to show its harmful affects.

  • Food drying – explore the effects of loosing water on food (Asda website).

  • The colourful milk experiment (Asda website).

  • Make a potato battery (Asda website).

  • Design a questionnaire to find out about fruit & veg intake, healthy lifestyles etc


DT


  • Smoothie making / tasting.

  • Fruit Kebab making / tasting.

  • Design a healthy packed lunch.

  • Make fruit ice-lollies.

  • The cooking bus.

  • Make fruit salads.

  • Make vegetable soups.

  • Grate, mash carrots, cucumbers, bananas & apples.

  • Ask questions about the fruit & vegetables make a paper or soft-ware based binary tree to answer questions.
  • Look at packaging, labels & stickers of fruit & vegetables & create own.


  • Compare taste of fresh with preserved. Which do they prefer?

  • Make pizza, stuffed peppers, baked potatoes or toast with suitable toppings.

  • Identify which food groups ingredients from a recipe come from.

  • Design & make a salad.


ICT


  • Design healthy menus – smoothies, fruit kebabs, main courses, deserts etc.

  • Design a healthy packed lunch.

  • Investigate which is the favourite fruit / vegetable in the class, how can the data be collected & presented. What questions can be asked. Use ICT.

  • Research on fruit and vegetables and healthy foods etc.


Art


  • Plan a healthy party / celebration.

  • Design healthy menus – smoothies, fruit kebabs, main courses, deserts etc.

  • Observational drawings of fruit & vegetables.

  • Look at packaging, labels & stickers of fruit & vegetables & create own.

  • Discuss why fruit & vegetables don’t stay fresh for long & how they can be preserved – make a display.

  • Think about the fruit & vegetable names & make an illustrated list.

  • Dyeing using foods – beetroot.


Music


  • Clap a rhythm to match the syllables of the names of fruit & vegetables.

  • Chant the names of fruit & vegetables.

  • Use the Fruit & vegetable cd with fruit songs.


History


  • Look at packaging, labels & stickers of fruit & vegetables.
  • Think about the foods that were eaten long ago and compare to today. Why are they different?



Geography


  • Explore a range of different fruit & vegetables (with different parts), prepare labels for the different parts, brainstorm suitable words & print out, label & classify.

  • Explore the different varieties of apples – names, taste, countries they come from …

  • Look at packaging, labels & stickers of fruit & vegetables.

  • Use maps & atlases to find where fruit & vegetables come from.

  • Use maps to link fruit & vegetables to their place of origin.

  • List those that have travelled a long / short distance, think about the transport used.

  • Which fruit & vegetables are grown in England & why are others not.

R.E.

  • Link to Harvest Festival.

  • Think about food for religious festivals.

  • Why is food important?




PSHE

  • Smoothie making / tasting.

  • Fruit Kebab making / tasting.

  • Plan a healthy party / celebration.

  • Counting the 5 a day – keep a chart – give prizes.

  • Discuss what fruit & vegetables you like & why, what you don’t & why ….

  • Using a specially prepared lunchbox play find the fruit & vegetables, what else in the box, is it healthy?

  • In my lunchbox I have … (memory game).

  • Kim’s game – a tray of items, teacher removes 1 the children have to work out what has been removed.

  • Guess hidden fruit from description.

  • A is for apple, B is for banana …
  • Fruit twister – like the floor game twister but with fruit instead of colour circles.


Cooking


  • More Than Cooking, Developing children’s Learning Through Cooking by Jane Khan ISBN 0904187306

  • The Little Book of Cooking From Stories – Featherstone Education Ltd. ISBN 1904187048

Topic

  • In small groups Children to sort different shopping bags ranging from healthy to unhealthy (6 bags 1 per group), so all bags contain different foods, how the foods fit on balanced diet plate.

  • As class discuss the contents of each bag & what this means …

  • Create a healthy menu with aim of developing classes own healthy restaurant.

  • Children in groups to brainstorm ingredients (what is healthy to use what is not) & menu all 3 courses, design menus for tables, create a name for restaurant, price the food, work out their drinks ...

  • Write recipes & make own cook books – 6 starters, main courses & deserts.

  • Choose 1 menu to cook combining the best from the 6 groups.

  • Research how to make the food (ICT), take notes.

  • Turn the classroom into the restaurant – design, plan & prepare.

  • Create the food on the menu.

  • Taste the food & discuss.

  • Could film the cooking / restaurant to make a “Cookery Programme”


Outside Curriculum Ideas

  • Smoothie / fruit kebab stall at summer fair.


  • Healthy eating information stalls at parent’s evenings.

  • Stall / talk to new parents – Nursery & Reception.

  • Food co-ops / playground markets.

  • Sponsored event – who can eat 5 a day for 1 / 2 weeks?

  • Healthy lunchbox competition / sponsored event.

  • Visit to farms or get a farmer to visit.

  • Visit a pick your own farm & then taste / cook with the produce.

  • Growing / gardening clubs.

  • Composting.


The Dining Room


  • Use visual arts to make it more appealing & informative to children i.e. world map showing the children where certain foods come from, how far it travels, and murals about where the food comes from. large pictures of children eating healthily.

  • Information on what is a healthy & balanced diet.

  • Herts catering traffic light system for selecting a healthy diet.


Playground


  • Circle games – ring-o-roses, French cricket, oranges & lemons.

  • Throwing & catching games.

  • Line games – run, jump, skip, hopscotch, 4 square.

  • Parachute games – fruit salad, cat & mouse, all go under & sit on it to make a tent, ball games – trying to get the ball high, roll it to someone, bounce 1 over to someone – on it or under it.

  • Skipping games with rhymes.


Tips for Parents

  • Fruit smoothies.


  • Fruit / vegetable kebabs.

  • Fruit ice-lollies.

  • Stir fresh / frozen vegetables into your pasta, soups & noodles.

  • Make fruit salads.

  • Make vegetable soups.


Useful Websites


  • School dinners – www.feedmebetter.com




  • Asda – www.asda.co.uk







  • Brain Gym - www.braingym.org.uk




  • Thinking Skills - www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/thinkigskills




  • Growing Schools - www.teachernet.gov.uk/growingschools




  • Grab 5 Project - www.sustainweb.org




  • School Lunches - www.dfes.gov.uk/schoollunches




  • BBC Health Page - www.bbc.co.uk/healthy/healthy-living




  • British Nutrition Foundation - www.nutrition.org.uk/cookclub




  • 5 A Day - www.5aday.nhs.uk




  • Water is Cool in School - www.eric.org.uk




  • 5 a day fun website – www.dole5aday.com




  • Food in Schools Toolkit – www.foodinschools.org


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