Be Food Smart: KS2 toolkit

Teach KS2 pupils about what's in their food and making healthier swaps

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 15

Subjects: Cross Curricular, English, Maths, PSHE

Resource Overview

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:

Resource Assets


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.


Activity Sheets

Engaging, colourful supporting resources for maths and english.


Food Smart Campaign

Use this lesson to kick-start a great Be Food Smart pupil campaign in your school that will help every pupil reduce the amount of sugar, saturated fat and salt in their diet.



PowerPoint to support lesson


Quiz Sheet

Be Food Smart fun quiz


Nutrition information sheet for teachers

You may find it helpful to read this reference document before using the Be Food Smart resources with your pupils.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9)
    • Ask questions to improve understanding of a text.
    • Discuss and record ideas.
    • Identify and summarise main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph.
    • Predict what might happen from details stated and implied.
  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Ask questions to improve their understanding.
    • Continue to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks.
    • Predict what might happen from details stated and implied.
    • Provide reasoned justifications for their views.
    • Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.
  • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
    • Estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers.
    • Recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators.
    • Solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas.
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation.
  • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
    • Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy.