SugarByHalf - Portion Problems

SugarByHalf - Portion Problems

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  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
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Lesson summary

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP). They will learn what each section means and how to make informed decisions on what they eat.

Using measurement and scales, students will compare the recommended serving size with their actual serving size in order to better understand whether the recommended serving size doesn’t always reflect realistic portion sizes.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • how to use a Nutrition Information Panel to determine the nutritional components contained in food
  • how to read a Nutrition Information Panel in order to determine their own serving sizes
  • the need to think critically about the information they gather

Success Criteria:

Students can...

  • read a table and gather information based on the contents of the table
  • use a set of scales to accurately determine quantities
  • analyse information to make informed decisions

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

  • Time required: 55 mins
  • Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and activities

To view our Australian Curriculum alignment click here

To view our NZ Curriculum alignment click here

Resources required

  • Bowls
  • Calculator
  • Kitchen Scales
  • Measuring cups
  • Selection of packaged foods showing the NIP (e.g. cereals, chocolate bars)

Additional Info

These lessons were developed in partnership with SugarByHalf and the Australian Dental Association

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, 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, we 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. 

This English lesson focuses on developing the skills and knowledge students need to critically consider messages about food and drink they are exposed to, thereby equipping them to be able to make healthy choices.

Talking about health

  • Be mindful of students who may experience weight stigma. Some students may be sensitive to conversations around weight, body size or shape. Terms including obesity, weight issues, weight-problem and fat can be stigmatising for some people because they assign blame. It is important to note individual preferences around language vary. Research has shown using the terms ‘weight’, ‘weight gain’, ‘healthy weight’, ‘unhealthy weight’, and ‘high BMI’ are preferred as better alternatives.
  • Be mindful about how you use the word ‘diet’. We recommend focussing students on the positive impacts of healthy nutrition and healthy lifestyles which help us to have stronger bodies and minds, feel good and sleep well.
  • Steer students away from any focus on appearances by communicating that appearance does not determine your worth. We recommend the fact sheets from the Butterfly Foundation on body image tips.
  • Avoid using labels such as obese or diabetic. Refer to people living with diabetes, people living with cancer, people with high BMI etc
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