Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students begin by watching an inspiring video about a school with a very healthy canteen. They learn about everyday foods and occasional foods under the NSW Healthy Schools Canteens Strategy. After considering the idea that their school canteen should have 75% everyday foods and 25% occasional foods, students undertake research in a visit to their own school canteen researching everyday foods and occasional foods and sugar content. Classes can also invite the principal to come and talk to them about the best way to make changes to the school canteen. The lesson ends with students suggesting five improvements that could be made to the foods and drinks provided by their school canteen, and drafting a letter to the relevant body within their school.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand how to collect and evaluate data
  • Students understand how to identify trends
  • Students understand issues and challenges related to sugars and health in the context of the school canteen.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCreative Thinking Critical ThinkingCultural UnderstandingProblem SolvingTeam Work

 

 

 

 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 5 HASS

  • Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships (ACHASSI100)
  • Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI102)

Year 6 HASS

  • Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships (ACHASSI128)
  • Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI130)

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-4

General capabilities: Numeracy

Relevant parts of Year 5 and Year 6 achievement standards:

Year 5 HASS: Students locate and collect data and information from a range of sources to answer inquiry questions.
Students interpret data to identify and describe distributions, simple patterns and trends, and to infer relationships, and suggest conclusions based on evidence.

Year 6 HASS: Students locate and collect data and information from a range of sources to answer inquiry questions.
Students interpret data to identify and describe distributions, simple patterns and trends, and to infer relationships, and suggest conclusions based on evidence.

Topic: Consumption.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work SugarByHalf – HASS – Years 5-6. 

Time required: 80 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – supervise class visit to the school canteen.

Resources required:

Keywords: Everyday foods and drinks, occasional foods and drinks, healthy choices, strategy, data, evaluation, sugar, SugarByHalf.

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 understand...

  • … how to collect and evaluate data
  • … how to identify trends
  • … issues and challenges related to sugars and health in the context of the school canteen.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... collect basic data about the menu of their school canteen
  • ... evaluate whether food is healthy or unhealthy
  • ... identify occasional and everyday foods, understanding that everyday foods are a healthier option.

Teacher content information: SugarByHalf (https://www.sugarbyhalf.com/) promotes action to reduce sugar-related diseases so that Australians live better, stronger and healthier lives.

Their message is simple: to reduce added sugar consumption by half. Eating too much added sugar is a key driver of serious health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, dementia and mental health conditions. A poor diet also puts children behind their peers, impacting their brain development, s

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