An Aveley Primary Blog

Once we had planned and created posters explaining the various components of our balanced picnic, it was time to get creative. We made sandwiches, using bread (carbohydrate), cheese (dairy) and/or ham (protein). Then we added a number of other foods to create our very own ‘eat well plates’. This included a delicious cookie as our little bit of sugar/fat.

After all of this fantastic investigation, planning and creating it was time to put our feet up and eat up!

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What would Little Red Riding Hood have put in her picnic basket?

Having looked at many different areas of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ in detail in our literacy work, we thought we knew everything about the story!

That was until Miss Stephenson caught us by surprise by asking us what we thought she would have packed in her picnic basket.. A simple question, some might think, and so did we initially: CAKES OF COURSE!!

But then when we began to discuss this we questioned what she would have needed to create a healthy picnic. This made us realise that we needed to discover what exactly makes a healthy meal, to decide what different foods she would have packed so that she could make sure both her and her Grandma were maintaining a healthy diet..

Did you know our bodies are like cars?

We don’t need petrol or have engines exactly but we do need FUEL. That is, we need to eat food to give us ENERGY to grow, move and heal.
Exploring the different foods that give us energy, we looked at the ‘eat well plate’. This is a plate that is divided into different sections showing us the different food groups and roughly how much of them we should have in our diet.

Do you know what we mean by different food ‘groups’?
Take a look at the eat well plate and see for yourself:

What foods can you see? Can you name the different food groups?

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The different sections groups foods together that give us energy for certain things:

Carbohydrates: Give us energy to run around

Protein: Helps to make us strong

Fruit and Vegetables: Stop us getting unwell (help with healing)

Dairy: Helps us to grow

We sorted different foods into their food groups:

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Now that we know all about the different food groups, it was time to put our understanding of this to the test, and create our very own healthy picnics.. Miss Stephenson challenged us to make sure we plan a healthy picnic – meaning we needed to include something from each food group (only then were we allowed to have a sweet treat – our fat/sugar part of our meal).

Now that we have planned it (and all of us showed a GREAT understanding of a balanced meal), time to pack our picnic baskets..