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In order for a superhero to be able to save the day - they need to be healthy and strong! They can do this by eating a healthy diet so we have been learning about the different food groups to make sure our superheroes are eating a balanced diet. In order to test our knowledge of food groups we played a game. Our teacher called out a food and we had to run to the food group it belonged to. You could play this game at home too - it was so much fun! 

Superheroes need to eat a variety of food to make sure that their bodies are getting all of the nutrients they need. We looked at different types of food and the jobs that they do. Did you know that carbohydrates release energy slowly in your body so that you feel fuller for longer? That means a superhero will be able to fight his enemies for a long time without getting hungry! Also, fruits and vegetables will help keep germs at bay so superheroes will be able to save the world without worrying about getting a cold or flu! 

We tasted lots of different types of foods and talked about what they do for our bodies. 

We carried out a scientific investigation to find out about the importance of hygiene. We used glitter to represent germs. The children were split into three groups; one child from each group rubbed their hands into glitter and then shook hands with their friends in the group. Each group then washed their hands in different ways - using cold water, using a dry paper towel and using soap and hot water. The children discussed the different washing methods and discussed how they affected the removal of germs. They came to the conclusion that the best way to get rid of germs from the hands was to use soap and hot water. 

We have carried out another experiment to investigate the importance of hygiene. We have thought about the different times we need to wash our hands including after going to the toilet and before eating. We used three slices of bread and treated them differently before placing them into sealed plastic bags. The first slice of bread (control) was placed into the bag using a clean plastic glove, the second slice of bread (clean) was placed into the bag by a child who had washed their hands using soap and hot water and the third slice of bread (dirty) was placed into a bag after being passed around all the children in the class who had not washed their hands - this slice also got dropped on the floor!

The children made their own predictions about what they thought would happen to the different slices of bread.

Control - there will be no germs

Clean - there will be no germs

Dirty - there will be some germs


We regularly observe the different slices of bread and look for any changes. We will let you know whether our predictions were correct...