Lesson 1: Fruit or vegetable?

Children learn to identify a fruit from a vegetable, and put this knowledge into practice, handling a selection of both and deciding which category they fall within

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To identify if a food is a fruit or a vegetable

National curriculum

Cooking and nutrition

  • Understand where food comes from


KS1 Programme of Study – Years 1 and 2

Working scientifically:

  • Identifying and classifying
  • Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

Success criteria

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Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Will need the language of the lesson (fruit/veg names and what they are looking for) reinforced through repetition.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be allowed to examine the foods in more detail , perhaps with a magnifying glass. They may be encouraged to start naming other parts of the fruits and vegetables, for example, stem, leaves, root.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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