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Interactive curriculum-linked ideas to teach pupils about healthy eating and the NHS Food Scanner app


  • KS1
  • KS2


  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English
  • PSHE
  • Health Education

What's this for?

Developed with teachers, this resource helps pupils explore what is in their food and drink and how to find healthier choices. It develops learning through flexible and fun English, Maths and Science activities and also includes a quiz.

The resource contains alternative activities for KS1 and KS2, and guidance on how activities can be adapted to provide more challenge or support.


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Supports the PSHE, Health education, English, Maths and Science curriculums.



  • H1 - about what keeping healthy means; different ways to keep healthy
  • H2 - about foods that support good health and the risks of eating too much sugar


  • H1 - how to make informed decisions about health
  • H2 - about the elements of a balanced, healthy lifestyle
  • H3 - about choices that support a healthy lifestyle, and recognise what might influence these
  • H4 - how to recognise that habits can have both positive and negative effects on a healthy lifestyle
  • H6 - about what constitutes a healthy diet; how to plan healthy meals; benefits to health and wellbeing of eating nutritionally rich foods; risks associated with not eating a healthy diet including obesity and tooth decay

Health education

By the end of primary school pupils should know:

  • what constitutes a healthy diet (including understanding calories and other nutritional content)
  • the principles of planning and preparing a range of healthy meals
  • the characteristics of a poor diet and risks associated with unhealthy eating (including, for example, obesity and tooth decay) and other behaviours (e.g. the impact of alcohol on diet or health)

English - KS1 and KS2

  • Reading: Comprehension
  • Writing: Composition; Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Maths - KS1 and KS2

  • Number and place value
  • Addition and subtraction Maths - KS2
  • Statistics (using, presenting and interpreting data)

Science - KS2

  • Working scientifically