Science: Sc2: 2a, 2b
You will need:
Activity worksheet 1: blank 'Balance of Good Health' plate,
Pictures or samples of foods from each food group.
Give the children a copy of the blank Balance of Good Health plate
(activity worksheet 1). Explain that this diagram is used to show
the balance of foods that are needed to make up a healthy diet.
In order to eat a healthy diet a person needs to eat foods belonging
to each of the different sectors of the plate and to eat the right
balance of these foods. Each sector is a different size showing
the proportion of foods from each food group that should be eaten
for a healthy diet. Bread, other cereals and potatoes: 34%, fruit
and vegetables: 33%, milk and dairy foods: 15%. meat, fish and alternatives:
12%, fatty and sugary foods: 7%.
Ask the children questions about the diagram;
- Why are some sectors larger than others? Because you should
eat more of the foods belonging
in these sectors than foods belonging in the smaller sectors.
- Which are the biggest sectors? Fruit and vegetables and bread,
other cereals and potatoes.
- Which is the smallest sector? Fatty and sugary foods.
- Estimate what fraction/percentage of the plate is taken by fruit
and vegetables/ bread, other
cereals and potatoes? approximately 1/3 or 33% each.
Ask the children to work with a partner to write examples of foods
that could go in each segment of the plate. Some children might
find it easier to tackle this part of the activity using pictures
or real objects.