Quick summary: Ever wondered why we can’t just eat cookies all day, every day? This lesson explores the nutrients we source from different foods to fulfil the various needs of the human body.
Students will gain an understanding of how carbohydrates and other sugars affect their energy levels, investigate the particular use their bodies have for protein and other nutrients and plan a well-rounded lunch box that caters to their body’s nutrient needs.
The health and fitness-related tasks undertaken throughout the Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge lessons are gamified, providing incentivised learning opportunities and allowing for some personalisation. Therefore, we recommend students complete the full Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge unit to benefit from the full experience, completing this lesson first.
The Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge is a unit of work designed in collaboration with the Sydney Swans to promote health and wellbeing amongst students in years 3 to 6. It is designed to align with, and provide further depth to, the in-schools Volkswagen Footy Fit program for years 2 to 6.
- Students understand the different types of nutrients provided by different foods and how they are used by the body in different ways
- Students identify which foods contain which nutrients
- Students identify health and wellbeing challenges around food in their own lives.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Years 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education:
- Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036)
- Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (ACPPS039)
Years 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education:
- Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS054)
- Recognise how media and important people in the community influence personal attitudes, beliefs, decisions and behaviours (ACPPS057)
- Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (ACPPS058)
Syllabus outcomes: PHS2.12, PHS3.12, SLS2.13, SLS3.13
Relevant parts of Years 3 & 4 achievement standards:
Students interpret health messages and discuss the influences on healthy and safe choices. They understand the benefits of being healthy and physically active. They describe the connections they have to their community and identify local resources to support their health, wellbeing, safety and physical activity.
Relevant parts of Years 5 & 6 achievement standards:
Students describe their own and others’ contributions to health, physical activity, safety and wellbeing.
Topic: Health & Wellbeing
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge – HPE – Years 3-6
Time required: 80 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussions, coordinate games.
- Australian Guide to Healthy Eating – poster-sized copy or digital copy
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Device capable of researching on a website – one per student
- Food Item Images – one image per student
- Glycemic Index Chart – digital copy
- Graph of Energy Release – digital copy
- Healthy Lunchbox Template – five copies
- Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge Tokens (from Lesson 1)
- Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge Game Plan (from Lesson 1 or 2)
- Volkswagen Footy Fit Stadium Scoreboard (from Lesson 1).
Keywords: nutrition, food, diet, glycemic index, low GI, health, Sydney Swans, AFL, footy, fitness, Volkswagen, Footy Fit.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.