Implementation of ‘Do you like Fruit and Vegetables?’ (SOI-MT-504)


Introducing students to the world of fruits and vegetables through the learning scenario “Do you like Fruit and Vegetables?” (LS-PL-256) was crucial, especially given its seamless integration with the science topic of ‘Keeping fit and healthy?’ as well as ‘How do we stay alive?’. By exploring this topic, students learn about the nutritional benefits of different produce and gain insight into the essential role these foods play in sustaining life and ensuring optimal health. This lesson serves as a foundational step in empowering students to make informed choices about their diet and lifestyle, aligning perfectly with the broader science curriculum focused on fostering healthy habits and understanding the mechanisms that sustain life.

Subject: Mathematics, English and Science in a Maltese State Primary School

In a classroom setting with 8 students aged 10/11 years, this cross-curricular lesson integrated Science, English, and Maths concepts. Through engaging activities designed to foster sensory exploration, critical thinking, and creative expression, students embarked on a holistic journey into the world of fruits and vegetables.

Teaching Techniques

Throughout the lesson, a variety of teaching techniques were employed to cater to diverse learning styles and enhance comprehension. The use of sensory exploration through blindfolded fruit tasting not only stimulated curiosity but also encouraged students to rely on their senses to identify and appreciate different fruits. The incorporation of a survey and bar graph activity not only reinforced math skills but also encouraged collaboration and data analysis. Additionally, the virtual reality activity provided a captivating visual representation of the digestive process, making abstract concepts tangible and facilitating deeper understanding. Finally, the creation of a poster on the importance of healthy eating allowed students to express their knowledge and creativity while reinforcing language skills. By utilizing these diverse teaching techniques, the lesson ensured active engagement, meaningful learning, and the integration of key concepts across various subjects.

Exploring Fruit and Vegetables through Europeana

Since the students were already familiar with the Europeana website from previous sessions, there was no need for a formal introduction. To kick off the lesson, I displayed a series of captivating photos showing various fruits and vegetables sourced from the Europeana archive. These images were an engaging teaser, prompting the students to speculate on the day’s topic. Through lively discussion and critical thinking, they deduced that the lesson would revolve around exploring the world of fruits and vegetables. To deepen their understanding and stimulate curiosity further, I provided time for the students to independently explore the Europeana website, allowing them to discover various produce and familiarise themselves with the rich resources available. This initial activity not only set the stage for the lesson but also encouraged active exploration and inquiry, laying the foundation for an immersive learning experience.

Figure 1 – Students exploring fruit and vegetables on the Europeana website.

Sensory Exploration

In this immersive activity, students embarked on a sensory journey into the world of fruits and vegetables. Each child was blindfolded, heightening their reliance on smell, taste, and touch to identify different fruits and vegetables presented to them. With senses heightened, students eagerly sampled each fruit, savouring its unique flavour and texture. After careful consideration, they rated each fruit based on personal preference, contributing to a collective understanding of taste diversity within the group. The culmination of this sensory experience led to selecting the top six most favoured fruits, setting the stage for the subsequent survey activity.

Figure 2 – Students blindfolded while tasting different fruit.

Survey and Graph Analysis

Students then delved into the realm of mathematics and conducted a survey. With a focus on collaboration and data collection, students reached out to their peers in year 4, year 5, and year 6 classes to inquire about their favourite fruits and vegetables. Once the data was collected, students worked collaboratively to analyse and interpret their findings. Utilizing their mathematical skills, they constructed a bar graph to visually represent the survey results. This cross-curricular approach fostered interdisciplinary connections, enriching the learning experience and highlighting the practical applications of mathematical concepts in real-world scenarios.

Figure 3 – Students conducting surveys in other classes (Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6)

Exploring our Digestive System – Using VR

Expanding on our exploration, we delved into the Science topic of the digestive system. Using virtual reality technology, students were transported on a captivating journey through the entire digestive process, from the mouth all the way to the end. Through this immersive experience, they were able to see and comprehend how the body digests and absorbs food. By combining hands-on exploration with modern technology, students understood the importance of nutrition and the fascinating mechanics of human digestion.

Figure 5 – Students dive into the world of biology with virtual reality, exploring the complexities of the digestive system firsthand.

Teamwork in Action – Creating Posters for Healthy Living

Finally, working in collaborative groups, students created vibrant posters highlighting the importance of eating healthy and maintaining a balanced diet. Collaboration was emphasized throughout this activity because it fostered teamwork, communication, and creativity among the students. By working together, students could pool their ideas, share their knowledge, and combine their strengths to produce posters that were informative, visually appealing, and impactful. Overall, collaborative poster creation served as a fitting conclusion to the lesson, reinforcing the importance of cooperation and collective effort in promoting health and well-being.

Learning Outcomes:


  • Students will effectively communicate their ideas, opinions, and knowledge about healthy eating and balanced diets through written and visual mediums on the posters.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in written expression by composing concise and informative messages that convey the importance of nutrition and health.


  • Students will deepen their understanding of nutrition and its impact on health by researching and communicating the benefits of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Students will develop awareness of health concepts such as the importance of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber in maintaining overall well-being.
  • Students will apply scientific knowledge about the digestive system and food groups to inform their messages about the importance of a balanced diet on the posters.


  • Students will analyze survey data collected during the lesson to identify trends and patterns in food preferences, enhancing their data analysis skills.
  • Students will use mathematical concepts to construct bar graphs displaying survey results, demonstrating proficiency in representing data graphically.


  • Students will integrate technology into the creation process by using digital platforms for research, collaboration, and presentation, enhancing their understanding of technology’s role in communication and education.
  • Students will utilize virtual reality or digital imaging technologies to enhance their understanding of complex concepts such as the digestive system, integrating technological tools for immersive learning experiences.


Based on personal experience, I suggest incorporating a “Healthy Eating Challenge” as an extension activity following the completion of the posters. In this challenge, students are tasked with applying their newfound knowledge of nutrition to their own lives over a designated period, such as a week or a month.

Each student would set personal goals related to healthy eating habits, such as incorporating a certain number of servings of fruits and vegetables into their daily meals, reducing consumption of sugary snacks, or trying a new healthy recipe each week. Throughout the challenge, students could keep track of their progress using journals or digital apps, reflecting on their experiences, successes, and challenges.

At the end of the challenge, students would come together to share their experiences and insights gained from adopting healthier eating habits. They could discuss strategies that worked well for them, obstacles they encountered, and the overall impact on their health and well-being.

Link to the learning scenario implemented: Do You Like Fruit And Vegetables? (LS-PL-256)

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CC0 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by The Royal Armoury.

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