Introduce the idea that fruit and vegetables are good for you and we need them to provide our bodies with things to keep us healthy- vitamins, minerals and fibre. How many portions of fruit and vegetables should we eat each day to ensure we have a balanced diet?
Ask the class to identify a selection of fruit and vegetables. What are their least/most favourite? Record answers as a graph or a tally chart.
Discuss which fruit and vegetables can be grown in this country. Introduce the idea that they can be grown from seeds and match them with the vegetables they become. Using these examples, ask the class to find out how and when to grow them.
Find out what plants need to grow and introduce the idea that plants get their nutrients from the soil and so it is important to look after soil. Use How much soil activity
Using the tally chart and graph data plan a vegetable plot to grow the most popular fruit and vegetables (climate permitting).
Use the Five a day activity to make a visual representation of a healthy eating plate. Ask pupils to find out which vitamins and minerals each of the five contain.
Recap on five-a-day and balanced diet messages.
Discuss which fruit and vegetables the children would like to eat and why.