Scan, swipe, swap — assembly

Help pupils discover what's in their food and drink and make healthier swaps using the NHS Food Scanner app


  • KS1
  • KS2


  • PSHE
  • Health Education

What's this for?

Developed with teachers, this assembly encourages pupils to explore what a balanced diet is and why it is important to know what is in our food. It asks pupils to think about how they can make healthier food and drink choices and a fun video introduces them to the NHS Food Scanner app.


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Supports the PSHE and Health education 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 (for example, the impact of alcohol on diet or health)