Activity Introduction

After watching a short video about the impacts of sugar on our bodies, students learn about SugarByHalf’s suggested sugar swaps, replacing high sugar foods with lower sugar foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Students then read a scenario set in an imaginary kingdom and work in groups to use their sugar knowledge to create a low sugar dinner banquet for the prince’s 18th birthday. After considering why it is difficult for people to give up sugar, students design a 3-step sugar reduction strategy for their school.


Learning Intentions

  • Students will understand healthy and unhealthy food options
  • Students understand the importance of choice in relation to dietary options
  • Students understand the benefits of working in a team to solve problems.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

  • 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: Medium – facilitate class discussion.
  • Keywords: sugar swap, healthy, unhealthy, menu plan, strategy, sugar, SugarByHalf.

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Resources Required



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Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students understand...

  • … healthy and unhealthy food options
  • … the importance of choice in relation to dietary options
  • … the benefits of working in a team to solve problems.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … explain why certain foods are healthy or unhealthy
  • … choose healthy food options over unhealthy food options
  • … complete a teamwork task and present their outcomes.

Teacher content information: SugarByHalf ( promotes action to reduce sugar-related diseases so that we can 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, sleep and ability to learn. Poor diet choices ultimatel

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