Quick summary: Aspiring young chefs (and hungry teachers and parents!) will love this lesson, which explores healthy eating patterns based on the latest research into heart health. It also touches on the negative impacts of less healthy eating patterns, before challenging students to create a healthy meal plan for the week.
The Heart Foundation’s ready-made skipping program, Jump Rope for Heart, helps primary school students move more and have fun, while they raise funds for heart research, patient support and programs that help save lives.
- Students understand the essential components of healthy eating
- Students understand the health impacts of eating patterns
- Students understand recommended servings and the reasoning behind those recommendations
- Students will consider a variety of ways to meet the healthy eating pattern recommendations.
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)
Year 3 Science:
- Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE050)
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
- With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS053)
Year 4 Science:
- Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (ACSSU074)
- Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061)
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
- With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS064)
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability
Relevant parts of Year 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education 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.
Relevant parts of Year 3 Science achievement standards: Students group living things based on observable features. Students use their experiences to identify questions and make predictions about scientific investigations.
Relevant parts of Year 4 Science achievement standards: Students describe relationships that assist the survival of living. They identify when science is used to understand the effect of their actions. They use formal and informal ways to communicate their observations and findings.
Topic: Health & Wellbeing
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Jump Rope For Heart: Jump Investigators – Years 3 & 4
Time required: 45 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – teacher facilitates discussions and supports students in independent research.
- Devices capable of accessing the internet – one per student
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
Keywords: food, nutrition, diet, cooking, protein, dairy, carbohydrates, meal plan
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.