23 Apr The Healthy Harvest and the Australian Curriculum – children’s nutrition
The primary driver for writing The Healthy Harvest was to educate children about healthy eating and where food comes from. To achieve this I wanted the book to not only be educational, but fun, so children can enjoy the topic of nutrition and it’s relevance to every day life. As a children’s nutrition book, I wanted it to not only belong in homes, but also schools. In 2014 ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) implemented the Australian Curriculum in all states and territories of Australia for Foundation through to year 10. I spent countless hours reviewing the curriculum to identify where a resource like The Healthy Harvest best fits. In Australia, nutrition education is not a compulsory component of the new Australian Curriculum. It shows as a minor section in the Health and Physical Education component but the discretion lies with the teacher as to whether it is necessary to teach and what exactly is covered.
The Healthy Harvest is extremely well aligned with the Content Descriptions of the curriculum in the Health and Physical Education learning component for Foundation through to Year 6. The Healthy Harvest is applicable as a learning and education resource in the following learning areas:
– Foundation –
Contributing to Healthy and Active Communities –
Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS006): grouping foods into categories such as food groups and ‘always’ and ‘sometimes’ foods.
– Year 1 and 2 –
Being Healthy, Safe and Active –
Recognise situations and opportunities to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS018): exploring how eating healthy foods can influence health and wellbeing.
– Year 3 and 4 –
Being Healthy, Safe and Active –
Identify and practice strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036): examining their own eating patterns by researching The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and identifying healthier food choices.
– Year 5 and 6 –
Contributing to Healthy and Active Communities-
Investigate the role of preventative health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (ACPPS058): Investigating practices that help promote and maintain health and wellbeing, such as eating a diet reflecting The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, meeting recommendations for daily physical activity and creating connections with others to enhance social health.
In addition to having ties to the Health and Physical Education learning component of the curriculum, The Healthy Harvest also meets other learning components in the curriculum. These are:
- English: children are reading and interpreting a rhyming text;
- Maths: children are required to interpret the serving size information of the various food groups;
- Biological Sciences: Children will identify the basic needs of food and water for survival;
- Design and Technology: Children will learn about products that are produced from plants and animals (food and fibre production).
The Healthy Harvest is a great resource to be used by Australian teachers in their classrooms as it is so well aligned with many learning components in The Australian Curriculum. However, unfortunately ACARA cannot recommend resources to be used by any Australian school, nor can the individual State or Territory Department’s of Education. Instead it is up to each individual school (and teacher) to purchase a copy from www.edibleeducation.com.au and use The Healthy Harvest. Unfortunately, I can’t individually target each school in Australia so I am hoping that you can all spread the word! Now you can see what The Healthy Harvest has to offer as a resource in The Australian Curriculum, I’m hoping you can also be a vehicle for change in our schools by informing teachers about The Healthy Harvest and it’s applicability as a learning and education resource for the class room! Lets improve nutrition education in Australia so our children can make healthy decisions to enjoy life.