The Start of our Nurturing Journey with Food

About this Guide

This Early Level guide will help you to create activities around the wellbeing indicator of Nurtured using the Food and Health section of the Health and Wellbeing curriculum.

Suggested HWB Experiences & Outcomes

HWB 0-32a

I know that people need different kinds of food to keep them healthy.

HWB 0-50a

I am learning about where living things come from and about how they grow, develop and are nurtured.

HWB 0-51a

I am able to show an awareness of the tasks required to look after a baby.

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To know that people and living things need different amounts of food and drink to grow and be healthy.

Suggested Success Criteria (I Can…)

HWB 0-32a

Give examples of the kinds of food and drink needed to grow and stay healthy.

HWB 0-50a

Recognise what a living thing is and what it needs to survive.

HWB 0-51a

Discuss some of a baby’s basic needs such as feeding, changing, washing, cuddling, sleeping.

HWB 0-50a

Explain where living things come from eg plants from seeds.

Suggested Learning Experiences

  • Mind map all the things that eating and drinking help us to do eg, play, grow, learn, live.
  • Select foods and drinks that would be suitable for a baby and/or a growing child. Focus may be on specific kinds of foods at Early Level – milk and dairy products for developing strong teeth and bones – this may lead to a more focused topic on teeth and oral hygiene (opportunity to introduce Childsmile programme in schools –
  • Explain about the different types of food that a mum can eat to help her newborn baby when she is feeding it. Her milk will taste different depending on what food she is eating.
  • Talk about how we know when we are hungry, full of food or thirsty, giving examples. Illustrate how a we might look/feel if we had to wait for food and were hungry. Explain how babies are able to do this when they can’t speak yet.
  • Invite a parent/carer to the class with a newborn baby to discuss it’s needs at that stage of life.
  • Role play activities in home corner such as  feeding, brushing teeth and playing/singing to the baby. Please check that the equipment used does not include any bottles, teats or dummies. This is to help with infection control and encourage open ended play.
  • Create an environment that ensures the children can explore the diffferent ways mammals feed their young eg by having images of animals feeding or resources like fabric for a baby sling.
  • Discuss the types of care children need and how this is the same/different to other animals eg how a sheep will look after a lamb. What happens if the sheep is unable to feed the lamb?
  • Demonstrate, through different sequencing activities about the life cycle of animals and people.
  • Introduce some small animals into the room eg fish or earthworms -children can work out what the animals needs to survive and how they can supply that.
  • Grow some cress and then use it to make something to eat eg cress soup.
  • Mindmap or draw all the different uses we have of water – drinking, washing, swimming etc.
  • Discuss the importance of drinking water to keep healthy and when it is important to drink water – after exercise, with food and lots of times during the day.

Suggested Cross-Curricular Links

HWB 0-51a

Take part in looking after a baby chick from egg to chick.

HWB 0-47aHWB0-47b

Examine how we have grown and developed since birth.

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Create and tend to a sensory/vegetable/herb garden learning about what is needed to look after plants.

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Experiment with water – investigate how it can change from one form to another eg, making ice- lollies/jelly. Investigate where water comes from.

Suggested Word Bank

  • Play
  •  Grow
  •  Learn
  •  Healthy
  •  Eatwell Guide
  •  Needs
  •  Cuddle
  •  Bathing
  •  Hungry
  •  Thirsty
  •  Water
  •  Care
  •  Baby
  •  Toddler
  •  Dairy
  •  Milk
  •  Teeth
  •  Bones
  •  Life Cycle