Teachers' Guide

Teachers' Guide

This is the main guide for healthy eating for children aged 5-8 years.

Key Fact 1

Food is a basic requirement of life.

Key Fact 2

People choose different types of food.

Key Fact 3

We all need to eat a variety and balance of food to stay healthy, as depicted in the Eatwell Guide.

Bwyta’n Iach

Croeso i’r modiwl Bwyta’n Iach i blant rhwng 5 ac 8 oed.


This guide will help you plan a series of successful lessons exploring healthy eating for children aged 5-8 years. The messages and concepts for this module are derived from the Eatwell Guide – the UK healthy eating model.

Key Facts

The key messages and concepts are delivered through 3 Key Facts:

  • Food is a basic requirement of life.
  • People choose different types of food.
  • We need a variety and balance of food to stay healthy, as depicted in the Eatwell Guide.

Why Key Facts?

The 3 Key Facts have been developed to provide a comprehensive and progressive approach to teaching healthy eating. It provides a framework to build upon, ensuring that consistent and up-to-date messages are delivered in school.

Using this framework, children will be gradually introduced to the concepts that food is a basic requirement for life, people choose different types of food and that we need to eat a balance and variety of food to maintain health.  This approach will ensure that children can apply healthy eating to their own lives – now and in the future.

It is recommended that each Key Fact is taught in order – to ensure that there is a clear progression in learning and understanding of fundamental concepts.  The Key Facts provide an excellent base for creating your own lessons.

Uses in school

Food – a fact of life provides a comprehensive framework for teaching children about fundamental food and nutrition facts. The activities and resources provided are mapped explicitly to the different curricular requirements around the UK.

For detailed teachers' notes, download the guide below:

Using Food – a fact of life
As described, the teaching and learning for 5-8 year old children about food and nutrition is divided into 3 Key Facts.

For each Key Fact, the following is provided:

  • Learning objectives, i.e. what the children should be able to understand;
  • Classroom activities, e.g. suggestions for different activities and tasks in the classroom;
  • Downloadable resources, e.g. planners, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, posters and recipes;
  • Sources of further information.

The Teachers' Guide includes 'planners' which show how each Key Fact can be taught in your school, with ideas for tasks and plenary sessions.  These 'planners' highlight the most appropriate resources to use - most of which can be downloaded from the Food -a fact of life website. 

The Key Fact ‘planners’ and downloadable resources are designed to be flexible and allow you, the professional, to dip-in and use what you feel is best for your school and the children you teach. Feel free to use the Key Fact ‘planners’ in detail or only use the PowerPoint presentations – the choice is yours.

We hope you enjoy using these resources.