This activity aims to develop primary pupils' understanding of healthy, balanced eating and provides practice of basic food vocabulary and the present simple tense. It also has cross-curricular links to PE.

Chris Baldwin



  • Balanced eating


  • Lexis – food
  • Grammar – present simple (and possibly quantifiers)
  • Skills – speaking and writing


  • Print and copy the worksheet for each pupil.


  1. With pupils in groups, give them one minute to think of as many types of food as they can. The group with the most is the winner.
  2. Tell groups to read out their lists and add any that they hadn’t thought of to their lists.
  3. Tell pupils to put their foods into two lists – healthy food and unhealthy food. At this stage, don’t tell them if they are right or wrong.
  4. Give out the worksheet to pupils and tell them to write the names of the groups on the correct line, working individually.
  5. Check as a whole class and explain the concept of the pyramid – food at the bottom is the most important and food at the top the least important/healthy.
  6. Tell pupils to think of more food which fits into each group on the pyramid and write it on, using their list of food from stage 3 to help.
  7. Tell pupils to think about their eating habits and write what they usually eat in a day (using the present simple and possibly quantifiers), e.g. 'I eat lots of rice, some vegetables like carrots and cabbage…' You may need to give an example first.
  8. Pupils compare their eating habits and see who the healthiest eater in their group/class is.


Pupils can write out a good daily diet based on the food pyramid, either in class or for homework. They could even keep track of what they eat over one week to see how healthily they really eat.

The CLIL PSHE: Healthy living activity follows on from this one.


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