Lesson 6: Diet and dental health

Looking at the food groups that make up a balanced diet and at the benefits of healthy eating, including for dental health.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand the benefits of healthy eating and dental health

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

  • What constitutes a healthy diet (including understanding calories and other nutritional content).
  • 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).
  • About dental health and the benefits of good oral hygiene and dental flossing, including regular check-ups at the dentist.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should work in mixed ability groups so they can support each other.

Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to describe the effects the different food groups have on our bodies.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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