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  1. Stage 2
  2. Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
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  4. Special Needs Menu
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Special Needs Menu

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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Healthy Choices

Description of activity

The school is going to host elderly visitors from the local nursing home. Some of these elderly visitors have illnesses including heart disease and diabetes. Students are to plan a menu for their elderly visitors taking into account their special dietary needs.

  • The special guests will eat both morning tea and lunch at the school on a Monday.
  • The menu can only be selected from food available at the school canteen.

Students consider the nutritional guidelines that have been studied in class and the special dietary considerations for those with heart disease and diabetes.

Students write out their menu and answer the following questions:

  1. Why did you select the food items on the menu?
  2. Does the canteen offer enough healthy food choices?
  3. How could the canteen improve its healthy food choices?

Suggested materials

Paper, pencils, pens

Prior learning

Students have discussed good nutrition as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. They have analysed their own diet according to a contemporary nutritional guideline such as ‘2 + 5’. Students have suggested ways to improve their own diet. They have examined the information on food labels and linked this information to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and tooth decay.


Decision Making (DMS2.2)
Makes decisions as an individual and as a group member.
Personal Health Choices (PHS2.12)
Discusses the factors influencing personal health choices.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • plan a menu for elderly people with special nutritional needs
  • apply knowledge of a contemporary nutritional guideline to a menu
  • analyse the food choices presented in the school canteen
  • suggest ways to improve the healthy food options in the school canteen.
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