Activity Introduction

In this lesson, students are introduced to the industries and processes that get food from farmers’ fields into our homes.


The lesson begins by introducing students to the idea of processed food. It shows how heavy processing can allow manufacturers to add sugar into our foods, even when it’s not really necessary. Students then move deeper into food processing, looking at the different steps that are taken to bring food all the way to our homes. They identify potential spots along the way where sugar might be added into those foods, and then reflect on the different jobs and industries involved in producing and selling food. 


Learning Intentions

  • Students understand what sugar is and where it comes from
  • Students understand the effects of sugar on the body
  • Students understand how too much sugar can negatively affect our bodies. 

Lesson & Curriculum Details

  • Topic: Consumption.
  • This lesson is part of the wider unit of work: SugarByHalf – HASS – Years 5-6.
  • Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and activities.
  • Keywords: Medium – facilitate class discussion and activities.

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Resources Required



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Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students understand...

  • … what sugar is and where it comes from
  • … the effects of sugar on the body
  • … how too much sugar can negatively affect our bodies. 

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … identify different sugars and where they are found
  • … identify how different sugars affect the body
  • … give examples of health issues that arise from the overuse of sugar.

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 ultimately mean that t

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