Last Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Creating a healthy eating plan for an energetic day - second level

What is this?

This is the third of three activities.

Across the three activities, children will explore a range of physical activities and consider how these affect an individual’s food requirements.

This learning activity is intended to support teachers and practitioners to plan learning experiences for children in their usual setting or while they are learning at home. As well as taking account of national and local guidance relating to Covid-19, the activity should be used or adapted accordingly to consider the range of learners and their prior knowledge and individual circumstances in relation to this learning experience.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: Second level

  • I understand that people at different life stages have differing nutritional needs and that some people may eat or avoid certain foods. HWB 2-32a
  • By applying my knowledge and understanding of current healthy eating advice, I can contribute to a healthy eating plan. HWB 2-30a

Purpose of the activity

In this activity, children will create a healthy eating plan suitable for an energetic day. 

Learning activity

Before beginning this activity, think about the range of children in your class and their individual circumstances. Use your own professional judgement and be particularly aware of sensitivities around this topic. Introduce the activity in a way that best suits children in your class.

Preparation activity

  • Spend time revisiting with children what they learned during the previous activities. Ask them to share what they discovered about the link between food and energy for our bodies. You may wish to use this BBC Bitesize resource to help refresh some of the learning that has taken place.
  • Spend time discussing with children what they have learned about an athlete’s diet and their own personal diet. Explore what makes the diets different and what similarities they have.

Main activity

  • Ask children to imagine that one day next week they are going to walk 20 miles. The walk should take them around eight hours to complete and will include walking up some steep hills. Using their knowledge of food types such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins, the children should now design a healthy meal plan that will help their body have enough energy to complete their walk. Ask children to share their meal plan once completed.

National benchmarks

  • Recognises that energy is provided by carbohydrates, fats and proteins and that vitamins and minerals are required to keep the body healthy.
  • Creates a healthy eating plan which reflects current dietary advice, prepares food which contributes to it and compares the plan to their own diet.

Possible approach to assessing learning

As practitioners, you know your children well and can alter the expectations of outcomes for individuals in line with the benchmarks.

You can look at ways to review or discuss children’s work and provide feedback occasionally to help move learning forward.

Some children may want to present their work to the class, meanwhile, others may prefer to share this only with yourself. They may wish to add/upload photos or a record of their work to their learning journal, possibly online. This will give you the opportunity to provide feedback and next steps.

When planning your approach to assessing learning, please take account of the latest guidance on assessment approaches.

Resource subject Health and wellbeing
Resource type Learning activity
Resource format Webpage