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5 a day with the Bash Street Kids
Primary school teachers will find materials, advice and suggestions here to help them give pupils aged 7 to 11 (Key Stage 2 or P7 in Scotland) greater opportunities both to learn about and have access to fruit and vegetable choices. There are also details of how these materials fit with the school curriculum.
The aims of 5-a-day the Bash Street way are to:
The materials include:
The 5-a-day the Bash Street way materials promote healthy eating through increasing awareness of a varied and balanced diet. This means a diet that contains:
This advice applies to adults and children over five years of age and should provide all the nutrients that most healthy people need.
Teachers may make copies of these educational materials only as they appear on the Agency's website and only for use within the school setting or for purely educational purposes. For non-educational uses of the material, crown copyright will apply.
This page is available in Welsh language/Cymraeg in pdf format.
© DC Thomson (the copyright holder of the Bash Street Kids Cartoon Characters) waives its copyright to the Bash Street Kids Cartoon Characters as it appears in the educational materials contained on the Food Standards Agency's website.Back to top
The Bash Street Kids cartoon characters have been used to help children make better nutritional choices in a Food Standards Agency funded school-based project. The intervention was carried out in 1999 with more than 500 pupils in two primary schools in Dundee, Scotland (464 children in two further schools acted as controls).
The Bash Street Kids material is aimed at 7 to 11 year olds and can be used in a number of ways to support the promotion of the 5-a-day message in primary schools throughout the UK. In particular, it can be used to raise the profile of health initiatives through whole-school approaches, including the formal curriculum.
Fruit and vegetables contain fibre and lots of vitamins and minerals that help keep the body healthy, yet many of us don't eat enough of them. In fact, average consumption is currently three portions a day, which is two short of the recommended figure of (at least) five portions a day.
Fruity Veggy News is an activity book aimed at pupils aged 7 to 11. It's packed with information about a variety of fruit and vegetables, together with jokes, recipes and exciting fruit and veg craft ideas. It's designed to give pupils a fun and motivating read.
Here you will find posters to put up around school around the time of the Assembly, an Assembly introduction to help you set the scene, plus Pupil presentations: 5-a-day poem, favourite ways to eat fruit and veg and a Bash Street Kids pupil presentation.
Find out more about school lunches, fruit tuckshops and the Balance of Good Health. You will also find some useful links here.
Here are some practical suggestions for encouraging your pupils to eat more fruit and veg. Includes discussion ideas for class or assembly.
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