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.
- understand the essential components of healthy eating
- understand the health impacts of eating patterns
- understand recommended servings and the reasoning behind those recommendations
- consider a variety of ways to meet the healthy eating pattern recommendations.
- independently research the impact of healthy and less healthy eating patterns on health and well-being
- apply this understanding to their own lives by making changes to their own eating patterns.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
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.
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
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Community engagement
- Critical thinking
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.