Lesson 6: Healthy diet

Pupils will learn about what it means to have a healthy diet

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand what it means to have a healthy diet

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

  • What constitutes a healthy diet (including understanding calories and other nutritional content)
  • The principles of planning and preparing a range of healthy meals
  • The characteristics of a poor diet and risks associated with unhealthy eating (including, for example, obesity and tooth decay) and other behaviours (e.g. the impact of alcohol on diet or health)


Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Provide with a copy of the Activity: Food groups diagram for pupils to visually see which foods are in each food group.


Pupils working at greater depth: Challenge to design their own balanced dish and explain why it is a healthy plate of food.

Skip class example on slide 6 and see if the pupils can determine where each ingredient needs to sit on their own.

Seek a deeper understanding through open questioning and by asking them to justify their answers. 

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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