Teacher Guide and Lesson plans
Use this guide to help teach your class what's in our food and how to make healthier swaps to eat less sugar, saturated fat and salt.
Years: 3, 4, 5, 6
Curriculum Objectives: 15
Subjects: Cross Curricular, English, Maths, PSHE
Our everyday food and drink can contain surprisingly high amounts of sugar, meaning most of us are eating more than we realise. National Child Measurement Programme data shows that one fifth of Reception and one third of Year 6 children are overweight or obese. Children consume nearly three times more sugar than the maximum daily limit. Some children are drinking a 500ml bottle of soft drink a day, containing over 13 cubes of sugar; the maximum daily amount is six cubes for children aged 7 to 10!
While children might seem fine on the outside, too much sugar and saturated fat can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside. This fat around their vital organs can cause serious disease in the future, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, furthermore, too much salt can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of getting heart disease or having a stroke.
Schools can make a difference by using the Be Food Smart resources to help their pupils understand how we can:
• find out how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in our food and drink
• compare different products based on their nutritional content
• use all of this information to make healthier choices.
Thank you to Change 4 Life for allowing us to share these resources; many more super resources can be found on their site: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools