Food Science at home

Learn what a healthy, balanced diet looks like, going through each component and learning why it is important. Start with an overview and then delve deeper into each macronutrient.

This activity will teach the following key skills:

  • Creativity
  • Memory and Recall
We will also cover the following areas of the science curriculum:
  • The relationship between diet and health (KS1 and 2)
  • The content of a healthy human diet (KS3)
  • Carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids and lipids as key biological molecules (KS4)
And section 7 of the framework for food teaching in secondary schools provided by Public Health England: Promoting and Applying Nutrition.

The first video is suitable for all ages, and then we explore GCSE level science and food technology, but the science is explained for all levels!

When you’ve watched the videos, why not design your own healthy, balanced meal and email it to us for a chance to be featured on our social media?

These videos and resources produced by the National Centre for Biotechnology Education. The NCBE is based on the University of Reading campus and provides scientific resources and practical kits to schools.

We support teachers and technicians in providing hands on practical activities to their students for microbiology and biology topics.

The Eatwell Guide

Look at the Eatwell Guide, a visual representation of what a healthy, balanced diet looks like. Go through each of the individual components and give examples of foods in each group. Then create your own “I ate well” plate with your own design for a healthy, nutritious and balanced meal!

Biological Molecules: Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates: the dietary sources, their structure, and function in the body! A quick overview of these important biological molecules, ending with a carobhydrate quiz. Perfect for those studying GCSE biology!

Biological Molecules: Proteins

Proteins: dietary sources, structure and functions within the body – ending with a proteins quiz! Perfect if you are studying GCSE Biology.

Biological Molecules: Fats and Oils

Fats and oils: dietary sources, structure and functions within the body – ending with a 5 question quiz! Perfect if you are studying GCSE Biology.