The Interactive Eatwell Guide

The Interactive Eatwell Guide

Our interactive Eatwell Guide tool will help teach P1 – S3 how to get a balance of healthier and more sustainable food.

Includes guidance for parents, carers and teachers.

Interactive
40-60 mins
NurseryP1–P3P3–P5P5–P7S1–S3

CfE Experiences and Outcomes

  • HWB 0-32a - I know that people need different kinds of food to keep them healthy.

  • HWB 1-30a - By investigating the range of foods available I can discuss how they contribute to a healthy diet.

  • HWB 2-32a - I understand that people at different life stages have differing nutritional needs and that some people may eat or avoid certain foods.

  • HWB 3-31a - Through practical activities using different foods and drinks, I can identify key nutrients, their sources and functions, and demonstrate the links between energy, nutrients and health.

  • HWB 0-15a - I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.

  • HWB 1-15a - I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.

  • HWB 2-15a - I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.

  • HWB 3-15a - I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.

Learning intentions / Success criteria

  • Learn about the different food groups and the proportions of each one we should be eating.

Advice for parents and carers

  • Open the Interactive Eatwell Guide
  • Click on “find out more about a balanced diet first” to find out more about food groups
  • Press Start
  • Drag and drop food into the correct food group (segment)
  • List the food and drinks you had yesterday.
    • How does this match the Eatwell Guide?
    • How could the list be improved?
  • Choose other activities below in the Activities section.

Resources

Setting up in the classroom

  • Display the Interactive Eatwell Guide on the white board or on tablets

Activities

  • Use the Interactive Eatwell Guide to drag and drop food into the correct food group to show pupils how to get a balance of healthy and sustainable food, and learn about the different food groups and the proportions we should be eating
  • Pupils note any difficult foods to place
  • Allow some time to read the notes for each food group and understand which food group the different foods belong to
  • Ask older pupils to read through the Eatwell Guide booklet to gether more information
  • Ask questions - e.g. those below to test understanding.

Some example questions to ask your class, depending on prior learning:

  • Look at the relative sizes of the food groups. Which groups should we eat the most of? Why?
  • In which group can you find potatoes? Why are they in this group? What other foods would you find in this group?
  • Ask pupils to name the foods they see in each group. What other foods can they suggest? Where would they fit?
  • Foods high in fat, salt and sugars are at the edge of this guide. Why is this?
  • Look at the fruit and vegetables group in more detail. How many portions should we eat each day? Ask pupils if they achieved the target over the last few days? Discuss the importance of variety.
  • Fibre is important in the diet. Which food groups (and types of food) contribute towards fibre intake?
  • Examine each food group; repeat the main messages and ask pupils what this means in practice on a daily basis.  Devise a diet for a day (or more).
  • Encourage pupils to keep a drinks diary for one or more days. Count the type and number of drinks that they have consumed. Does this meet the recommendations?
  • Ask pupils to list the food and drinks they had yesterday.  How does this match the Eatwell Guide? How could the list be improved?
  • Healthy eating advice advises us to ‘eat less sugar’. Ask pupils how this can be achieved.
  • Look at the front-of-pack labels. What information is this providing? What other nutrition information can be found on food packaging (use packaging examples)? How can this be used to improve dietary choices?
  • Discuss eating foods which contain a number of different food groups, e.g. pizza, and ask pupils how they would apportion the components of a pizza into the different food groups on the Eatwell Guide

Please note: this resource is designed primarily for use in a classroom environment and will work best on Smart Boards and tablets. It also works on desktops and laptops but please ensure that your screen is set to full screen (go to View and Full Screen).

Assessment Opportunities

Consider CfE Benchmarks, for example:

  • Uses the words lots, some and a little to prepare and describe the amount of food that should be eaten from each food group to stay healthy
  • Recognises and names the main food groups, for example, The Eatwell Guide
  • Sorts a selection of foods into the food groups
  • Chooses foods from different food groups to create a balanced meal
  • Identifies at least one reason as to why it is important to drink enough water
  • Recognises that all food and drink provides different levels of nutrients
  • Lists the five nutrient groups
  • Recognises that energy is provided by carbohydrates, fats and proteins and that vitamins and minerals are required to keep the body healthy
  • Identifies nutrient sources and their functions, including, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins, calcium, iron, dietary fibre
  • Prepares dishes and identifies the main nutrients they contain.