Lesson 1: Fruit or vegetable?

Learning to distinguish fruits from vegetables, and putting this knowledge into practice, handling and categorising a selection of fruits and vegetables.

Learning objective

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

National curriculum

Cooking and nutrition

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand where food comes from

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Will need the language of the lesson (fruit and vegetable 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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