Core competencies

Core skills for nutrition and being active


  • KS1
  • KS2


  • Science
  • D&T
  • PE
  • PSHE

What's this for? 

The core competencies provide a benchmark for the core skills and knowledge children should have about nutrition and being active. They are a guide and are not part of the national curriculum. 

In the classroom

You can use the core competencies as a guide to help you plan your lesson activities, and make sure children are learning and developing core skills in areas such as:

  • Diet and health
  • Consumer awareness
  • Cooking
  • Food safety
  • Active lifestyles

Try this!

Why not use the core competencies to help you plan skill progression into your lessons and benchmark what stage children are at? 

This is a really useful resource to show what children should be able to accomplish at different ages.



Supports science, design and technology and PSHE

Animals, including humans
Key Stage 1

  • Describe the importance of exercise for humans, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene

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