Be Food Smart: KS2 toolkit

Teach KS2 pupils about what's in their food and making healthier swaps


  • KS2


  • 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 is important to make healthier choices  
  • understand the maximum daily limit of sugar for their age
  • compare the nutritional content of their food – using labels or the Be Food Smart app

In the classroom

Developed by educational experts, the Be Food Smart KS2 pack includes:

  • Teacher guide – including a flexible, curriculum-linked pack
  • Lesson PowerPoint presentation – to use as a starter if pupils have not participated in the introductory Be Food Smart assembly
  • Quiz sheet
  • Activity sheets
  • Extension ideas – additional ideas for healthy eating activities
  • Nutrition information sheet for teachers – explaining food label information​

The pack 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.


"Sienna's story allows children to reflect upon a 'real' case scenario. Activities are pitched at the right level and offer opportunities to gather information."

Luke Thomas, KS1/2 teacher


Supports the english, mathematics, science and PHSE cuuricula

English – spoken

  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • English – reading comprehension
  • Draw inferences – such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
  • Predict what might happen from details stated and implied

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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.