Curriculum for Excellence
HWB 2-30a - By applying my knowledge and understanding of current healthy eating advice I can contribute to a healthy eating plan.
HWB 2-36a - By investigating food labelling systems, I can begin to understand how to use them to make healthy food choices.
HWB 3-36a - Using my knowledge of nutrition and current healthy eating advice, I can evaluate the information on food packaging, enabling me to make informed choices when preparing and cooking healthy dishes.
Learning intentions / Success criteria
- We are learning to understand the colour coding on food labels.
- We are learning to make informed and healthy choices about food we eat and buy.
- I can explain what each colour code on the front of food packs means.
- I can name the different categories on the front of a food pack.
- I can predict the colour of each category for certain foods.
- Food Cards (main meals only)*
- Teacher's notes on food labelling
- Real food packaging for labels and print off example labels on worksheets.
- Make red/amber/green voting cards.
- FSS Cookin Castle interactive game
*If your school does not have a set of Food Cards, please request them from us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sorting packaging by salt, sugar, fat and calorie content:
- with values covered up to explore initial perceptions of food
- with values revealed.
- Discussion of different results.
From teacher resources talk about:
- why some values are red/amber/green
- daily recommended allowance
- how this is calculated
- why this is important.
Creating graphs and charts
- Create graphs and pie-charts using the information on the front of packs, e.g. by comparing the calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, salt against different products.
- Visually represent front of pack information in a different way for comparison.
- Guess the colour for each category on a range of packaging (hold up main meals in food cards and teacher has examples of a nutritional label for each of them as an answer).
- Class has Red/Amber/Green cards to hold up/vote with when each category is shown.
- Values and colours are revealed.
- Discuss differences and healthy options.
Play Your Cards Right
- A game like the old T.V. show.
- Uses examples from food packaging rather than playing cards.
- Class needs to vote higher or lower for each category of content – e.g. compare 2 cards for one nutrient.
Find the healthiest food
- Show a range of packaged food using physical examples.
- Pupils need to identify the most/least healthy foods and explain why.
Cookin Castle – www.cookincastle.com
- Play Cookin Castle 'in the kitchen' game to create a day or week of healthy meals - look up front of pack information on supermarket websites to analyse meals cooked.
Create and then play a game of Top Trumps - use information from food labels.
Photographs as evidence
Guess the colour games
Consider CfE Benchmarks, for example:
- Uses different food labelling system to select foods for a specified dietary requirement for example, low in fat.
- Evaluates information on food packaging and uises it to make infomraed choices when selecting food for given situations.
Literacy – listening and talking
Literacy – write about what makes a food healthy
Maths -percentages and charts
- Mixed ability groups.
- Pre-prepared Top Trumps.
- Just focus on one category eg. Sugar at a time.
- Remove numbers and use colours or another visual representation eg. spoons of sugar.
- Design your own system of denoting nutritional content of packaged food.
- Design your own food label Top Trumps.
- Introduce portion size, frequency of eating and recommended daily allowance.
- plan a healthy eating plan or class party.