Food Detectives KS2 toolkit

Helping you teach KS2 about 5 A Day and sugar


  • KS2


  • 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:

  • explain why too much added sugar in foods is bad for you
  • recall the new recommended daily maximum sugar intake for their age range
  • identify how much sugar is contained in food and drink products by looking at labels
  • calculate sugar amounts based on quantities and serving sizes
  • compare the sugar content in a variety of food and drink products
  • explain 5 a Day and why fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet
  • investigate the properties of fruit and vegetables, describing their appearance, smell, taste and texture
  • select healthy alternatives to sugary foods, including fruit and vegetables

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
  • Accompanying PowerPoint presentation
  • Spying on Sugar classroom activity
  • Sugar Towers classroom activity. You might also like to play the Sugar Boy video at the start of this activity.
  • Fruit and Veg Put to the Test classroom activity
  • Fruit and Veg Favourites classroom activity
  • Smooth Algorithm classroom activity
  • Drink Rethink classroom activity. (Download the Sugar Smart app to use with this activity from App Store* and Google Play).
  • Sugar Smart Promise homework activity

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

"These materials have been an excellent resource to further develop our Food Education curriculum."
Jason O’Rourke, Headteacher, Washingborough Academy, Lincoln


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


  • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data (including results) in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
  • Recognise the impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle on the way their bodies function

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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.