Be Food Smart: KS1 toolkit

Teach KS1 pupils about what's in their food and making healthier swaps


  • KS1


  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English
  • PSHE

What's this for?

Use this guide to help teach your class what's in our food and how to make healthier swaps to eat less sugar, saturated fat and salt.

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Learning objectives

After the lesson, pupils will be able to:

  • know that different food and drink contains varying amounts of sugar, saturated fat and salt
  • use numerical data to work out the healthiest food and drink choices
  • explain why it's important to make healthier choices

In the classroom

Developed by educational experts, the Be Food Smart KS1 pack includes:

  • Teacher guide – including a flexible, curriculum-linked lesson plan
  • Lesson PowerPoint presentation – to use as a starter if pupils have not participated in the introductory Be Food Smart assembly
  • Quiz sheet – test pupils' knowledge of sugar in their food and drink
  • Sienna's story – to read out to your class
  • Activity sheets – for Years 1 and 2
  • Extension ideas – additional ideas for healthy eating activities
  • Nutrition information sheet for teachers – explaining food label information

The lesson plan refers to three Be Food Smart films, featuring two children acting as investigative reporters to find out how they can eat a healthier breakfast. 

Follow up the lesson by using the Be Food Smart: pupil campaign pack to develop your own pupil-led campaign, and help pupils find out what's in their food, compare products and make healthier choices.

"The lesson plans are an excellent introduction to help unearth children's misconceptions about sugar."

Luke Thomas, KS1/2 teacher


Supports the english, mathematics and PSHE curricula

English – spoken

  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • Consider and evaluate different viewpoints

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Try this

If you have access to tablets, download the Be Food Smart app and show pupils how to scan products to find out how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in their food.