Activity Introduction

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 which caters to their body’s nutrient needs.

The health and fitness-related tasks undertaken throughout the Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy lessons are gamified, providing incentivised learning opportunities and allowing for some personalisation. Therefore, we recommend students complete the full Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy unit to benefit from the full experience, completing this lesson first.

The Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy 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.

Learning intentions:

  • 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: 

Critical ThinkingDigital LiteracyFlexibilityTeam Work 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

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

General capabilities: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.

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 Academy – HPE – Years 3-6

Time required: 80 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussions, coordinate games.

Resources required:

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.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … understand the different types of nutrients provided by different foods and how they are used by the body in different ways
  • … identify which foods contain which nutrients
  • … identify health and wellbeing challenges around food in their own lives.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … demonstrate the difference between slow release and quick release sugars on energy levels
  • … determine through research the different sources of nutrients in foods
  • … determine through research the different uses of nutrients in the body
  • … create a balanced meal plan.

Teacher content information:

Volkswagen Footy Fit
Volkswagen Footy Fit is an evolution of the Volkswagen Swansfit program, which was established in 2017 and reached over 17,000 students across NSW.

Volkswagen Footy Fit is a school fitness program targeting primary school students across years 2 to 6. The program is conducted by Sydney Swans players and commu

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Student Worksheet

Footy Fit - Nutrition

1. View the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and complete this table:

What I SEE... What I THINK about it... I WONDER...

Also, pop in some ideas about the Glycemic Index table you completed with your class.

2. Watch this video:

Get Healthy: Hydration | NBC News Learn (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQjd_ypI9gI)

Write a paragraph about the many important roles water plays in the human body:

 



3. Research each of the following nutrients and complete the table (pick the right one for your year level):

Years 3 & 4

Nutrient The body uses this to... This can be found in foods such as...
Protein
Carbohydrates
Fats
Vitamins and Minerals

Years 5 & 6

Nutrient The body uses this to... This can be found in foods such as...
Protein
Carbohydrates
Sugars
Vitamin C
Calcium
Fibre
Iron
Potassiu
...
 
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