New Maths and Science lessons just released – aligned to Australian and New Zealand Curriculum.

 

These great lessons let you integrate health across the curriculum with a focus on the impact of sugar. Developed in partnership with SugarByHalf, this set of lessons aims to empower students to make informed food choices.

The World Health Organisation says that for good health, we should limit our daily added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day. On average, Australians consume 14-16 teaspoons per day. Teenagers consume more than 20. 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, affecting brain development, sleep and ability to learn.

The different units help students to identify and understand the science of sugar, its impact on their body and the social and economic influences on their own food choices. 

 

New Zealand Curriculum

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The latest set of lessons have are now aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum.  

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Primary Teachers

 

 

 

The social and economic impact of sugar

 

Understanding the nutrition information panel

 

 

 Years 5 & 6 HASS

 

Years 5 & 6 Math

 

 

Directed at younger students, this unit investigates the social and economic factors surrounding sugar. Students can discover how sugar gets into food and drink and look at the businesses and industries that sell, support, and supply added sugars. 

 

This Math unit teaches students how to evaluate the sugar content of the food that they’re eating. It demystifies the sometimes complicated range of terms and figures, and explores how the NIP can be co-opted by advertising techniques.

 

 

NZ CURRICULUM ALIGNED

 

NZ CURRICULUM ALIGNED

 

 

 

Secondary Teachers

 

 

Body science: the what, where and why

 

The influence of advertising on sugar consumption

 

Sugar, acids and tooth decay

 Years 7 & 8 HPE

 

Years 9 & 10 English

 

Years 9 & 10 Science

This HPE unit focuses on teaching students the science of sugar: what it is, where it comes from, and what it does to the body if you have too much. Students are encouraged to make smart, healthy decisions about what they consume. 

 

This unit looks to how sugary products are marketed and sold, in support of the English curriculum. It encourages students to critically consider advertising messages within their own environment. Lesson plans include analysis of advertising, sporting sponsorships and word choice. 

 

Explore the way sugar increases your risk of cavities and tooth decay. Cover the familiar topic of acids and bases with a social action twist using the lens of oral health to reinvigorate the teaching.

NZ CURRICULUM ALIGNED

 

NZ CURRICULUM ALIGNED

 

NZ CURRICULUM ALIGNED

 

Who are SugarByHalf

 

A not-for-profit organisation, SugarByHalf promote 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, affecting brain development, sleep and ability to learn. Poor diet choices ultimately mean that this generation of children could be the first in modern history to live shorter lives than their parents.

Much of the added sugar in our diet comes from the processed foods and drinks we consume. On average, Australians consume 14-16 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Teenagers consume more than 20 teaspoons per day. The World Health Organisation says we should limit our daily added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons for good health. To put that in perspective, there are 4 grams of sugar in one teaspoon. If something has 20 grams of sugar, that’s 5 teaspoons of sugar. 

 

 

Who are the Australian Dental Association

 

The latest set of Maths and Science lessons have been developed in partnership with the Australian Dental Association (ADA).

As well as representing dentists, the ADA engages in health promotion and education with one of the main objectives of the ADA being to encourage the improvement of the oral and general health of the public. If you are looking for further tips around improving your oral health or that of your class, consider looking through the ADA website, which includes fact sheets, educational videos, and other helpful resources. You could also consider planning an event for Dental Health Week, which takes place in the first full week of August.