Ask the group to select pictures of their favourite foods and say why they like them.
Introduce the idea that fruit and vegetables are delicious, good for us and that we need to eat them to help us grow up fit and strong. Discuss to discover the level of understanding about foods we should and shouldn't eat so much of! What do we mean by a 'balanced diet'? Explain that fruit and vegetables provide us with vitamins, minerals and fibre. How many portions should we eat each day, to ensure we have a balanced diet?
If possible observe vegetables and fruits growing and find out whether the part we eat grows above or below ground. Ask the group to identify examples of vegetables and fruits, wherever possible matching the raw ones to pictures of prepared food.
Do a class survey. Record the least and most favourite fruit and vegetables in a graph or tally chart.
By looking at food packaging and plotting locations on a world map, discuss fruit and vegetables that can be grown in this country.
Introduce the idea that we can grow vegetables and fruit from seeds. Look at seeds in clear packaging and match them with the vegetables they will become. Using these examples and looking at seed packets or catalogues, ask the group to find out how and when to grow them. Pose the question - can we grow vegetables and fruit all year? Discuss seasonality and make a calendar to show when they grow (in your location in the UK).
Using the data collected about favourites, plan a vegetable plot to grow the most popular fruit and vegetables (consider your location in the UK).
Use the Five a day activity to make a visual representation of a healthy eating plate.
Recap on the five-a-day and balanced diet messages.
Discuss which food the children now think they should eat and why.