Suggested HWB Experiences & Outcomes

  • 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

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To understand that people have different nutritional needs throughout their lives.
  • To recognise the role that different food groups play in keeping the body healthy.

Suggested Success Criteria (I can...)

  • Explain why people’s nutritional needs change at different stages of their lives. HWB 2-32a
  • Explain factors that may influence an individual’s decision to eat or avoid certain foods. HWB 2-32a
  • List the five nutrient groups. HWB 2-32a

Suggested Learning Experiences

  • Investigate the changes in body composition throughout ages and life stages eg growth ‘spurts’ that would bring about changes in nutritional requirements.
  • Investigate how nutritional needs may change during puberty.
  • Create a survey / questionnaire to find out the typical diet of pupils of the same age – analyse the findings and use this to evaluate whether most boys and girls in their class / school are getting an adequate balanced diet as depicted by the Eatwell Guide.
  • Remind children of the 5 nutrient groups from Eatwell guide that they will have learned about in First Level.
  • Brainstorm reasons why people may avoid certain foods eg, diabetes, religion, allergies, body image, athlete in training etc.
  • Research how particular practices and diets (eg. cultural diets, vegetarian diet, diabetes diet) require planning to ensure a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Plan a meal for someone who has special dietary requirements and justify food choices on offer eg. John is 10 years old, a keen footballer and has diabetes.
  • Investigate the school meals on offer to see if they meet the nutritional needs of all children and / or if they include special diets for children with specific food restrictions. Invite a School Meals Supervisor in and ask how school meals are planned to ensure that the nutritional needs of all children are met.
  • Consider what it would be like to be unable to eat certain foods that you enjoy eg, sugar – think of all the foods that contain sugar. How would your daily life be affected? How would you overcome this?
  • Invite dietitian/ health professional in to speak to children about  food allergies and how to respond in emergencies.