Food Detectives KS1 toolkit

Helping you teach KS1 about 5 A Day and sugar


  • KS1


  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • D&T
  • English
  • Computing

Includes a lesson plan, extension activities and a homework task.

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Learning objectives

By the end of these activities, pupils will be able to:

  • identify different fruit and vegetables
  • explore and evaluate fruit and vegetables, describing their feel, appearance, smell and taste
  • recall the new recommended daily maximum sugar intake for their age range
  • explain why fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, are a good sugar swap and why they are important to their 5 a Day
  • understand and compare the sugar content in a variety of food and drink products
  • select lower-sugar alternatives to high-sugar products

In the classroom

Developed by educational experts the Food Detectives toolkit offers a wide range of fun and engaging activities that can be used within the classroom and at home. These resources have been designed to be flexible – you can choose how to fit them into your timetable.

The toolkit includes:

  • Lesson plan - made up of starter activities, a main activity and plenary
  • Accompaning PowerPoint presentations - Fruit and Veg Snoops and Sophie’s Sugar Smart Day
  • Fruit and Veg Snoops classroom activity
  • Odd One Out classroom activity
  • Undercover Investigation classroom activity
  • The 5 a Day Hunt playground activity
  • Sugar Scan Challenge classroom activity (Download the Sugar Smart app to use with this activity from App Store* and Google Play). You might also like to play the Sugar Boy video at the start of this activity.
  • Sugar Smart Trumps homework activity

*If searching for the app on an iPad please change your search settings to search for iPhone only.

"I like the Food Detectives resources. They are very easy to use and the sheets are brilliant to photocopy and distribute. We used them to supplement our 'Healthy Term'."
Nicole Ward, Sports Coach, Minster-In-Sheppey C.P. School, Kent


Supports the design and technology, science, mathematics, computing and English curricula

Design and Technology

  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products

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Get parents involved!

Tell parents you are teaching their children about 5 a Day and sugar. You could send out a newsletter, post on social media or blog on your website. Why not use our suggestions for inspiration?

Don’t forget to put the Sugar Smart Packs in your pupils’ book bags so they can take the healthy eating message home.