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Refresh.ED is a comprehensive online resources to help teachers introduce food and nutrition in classroom from kindergarten to Year 10.

While food and nutrition is traditionally taught in health and technology classes, promotion of healthy eating has application in all learning areas. The material has been developed to provide teachers with access to teaching and professional learning materials that support and motivate them to include food and nutrition across the learning areas and school year levels.

All Refresh.ED units are designed for teaching in a specific learning area but have elements that could be taught in others. Depending on its focus area, nutrition content and pedagogical approaches, each unit is linked to one of the following learning areas:

Refresh.ED seeks to support nutrition education that not only builds knowledge and understanding about food and nutrition but also develops enthusiasm and skills to select and prepare healthy foods, which captures the essence of 'food literacy'.

At each year level, Refresh.ED provides age appropriate units in four food and drink focus groups:
  • Food and drink source: the nature of food, its production, technologies and availability
  • Food and drink choice: food selection, portion size, influences, finding and interpreting nutrition information and food labels, shopping and budgeting
  • Food and drink experience: menu planning, food preparation and cooking, food storage and food safety
  • Food, drink and health: how food and nutrition impacts on health and wellbeing.
The Refresh.ED scope and sequence defines these four focus areas and provides messages and content needed to develop appropriate food and nutrition awareness, knowledge, understanding, application and critical analysis as children move from kindergarten to Year 10.

Each Refresh.ED units contain a link to the relevant Australian Curriculum page. This pages defines which Australian Curriculum learning area that the unit relates to and outlines which specific strands and sub-strands and content descriptions are met through the delivery of the unit.

View the YouTube clip that explains the concept.

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