Resources To Support Your Teaching –

Organisations and websites:


The BBC website for children has a range of games and stories exploring healthy lifestyles.

249794452The eat well plate

This site explains the government’s award winning eat well plate and how to use it to explore what it means to have a balanced diet.

249794452The Childrens Food Trust

This charity is on a mission to get every child eating well. That means spreading the skills, knowledge and confidence to cook from scratch, helping anyone who provides food for children to do a great job and encouraging industry to help families make better food choices. Their website contains further information for teachers and parents including ideas that can be used in the classroom and clear helpful information about healthy eating

249794452Fresh for Kids

This child friendly website has lots of games, funny jokes, recipes and activities to help children eat healthy fresh fruit and vegetables and show them how sport can be fun.


NHS led campaign and website containing a host of useful, clear information about diet, exercise and healthy lifestyles. It has good links to other organisations and lots of good ideas for making healthy eating and exercise fun for families.

249794452Food a Fact of Life

This site has lots of interactive games for children to play all about diet and healthy eating,
lots are suitable for children in Key Stage 1 to play.

249794452My School Lunch

My School Lunch raises awareness of school lunches whilst educating children, their parents and teachers about healthy eating and an active lifestyle.

Fiction books for children exploring healthy lifestyles

Eat Your Peas by Kes Gray

Peas by Andrew Cullen

Charlie and Lola: I Will Not Ever Eat A Tomato by Lauren Child

Derek the Dragon’s Food Tasting Adventure by Penelope Barrass

The Science Chef Travels Around the World: Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids by Joan D’Amico

Fairytales Gone Wrong: Eat Your Greens, Goldilocks: A Story About Eating Healthily by Steve Stallman

Fairytales Gone Wrong: Keep Running Gingerbread Man: A Story About Keeping Active by Steve Stallman

Fairy Tales Gone Wrong: Blow Your Nose, Big Bad Wolf: A Story About Spreading Germs by Steve Smallman

Non fiction books for children exploring healthy lifestyles

Down the Hatch by Mike Tambourine

Why Wash? by Claire Llewellyn

Safe and Sound: A Healthy Body by Angela Royston

Safe and Sound: Eat Well by Angela Royston


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Curriculum links

Children taking part in the Fit For A King drama will be given the opportunity to practice skills and learn information that is closely linked to the National Curriculum in Science, SMSC, Design and Technology and English.

249794452Design and Technology in Key Stage 1

  • The children will find out what constitutes a healthy diet and a balanced meal
  • They will be in charge of preparing a menu for a healthy celebratory meal

249794452English in Key Stage 1

  • The children will get the opportunity to learn new vocabulary related to healthy lifestyles throughout the drama
  • They will be encouraged to ask and answer questions and to justify their opinions in their role as the Royal Cooks

249794452Science in Key Stage 1

  • The children will learn the importance of and the relationship between exercise, diet and hygiene to their own health by helping the character of Prince Yannis with his needs
  • They will have the opportunity to carry out observations and experiments as part of the drama to further their scientific understanding


  • The children will be given the opportunity to explore feelings, the consequences of actions and resolve conflict from within the story


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Programme outline

Fit For A King is about 90 minutes long and can have a break after approximately 1 hour.

Fit For A King begins in the classroom where the class will meet Cookie, the royal cook to Prince Yannis. She recruits the children to become the new cooks to help her prepare the banquet for the coronation where Prince Yannis will be crowned King.

Cookie also explains how she needs their help to try and transform the prince’s lifestyle before he becomes king, as he doesn’t eat healthily, do any exercise or take care of his personal hygiene. As yet he is not fit to be King.

The children go to the hall where they enter the Royal Palace and meet the Prince, experiencing his unhealthy life style first hand. With the guidance of Cookie the children firstly plan a menu for a healthy Royal Banquet with their own ideas and explain their choices to Prince Yannis. They then help the Prince to train and exercise as he prepares for the Royal Dragon Chasing Competition before seeing the results of their efforts as they watch the dragon chasing event live. Finally the children advise Prince Yannis on his personal hygiene as he returns to the Palace to prepare for his coronation.

The children are rewarded for all their help with an invitation to the Royal Banquet and are tasked by the newly crowned King Yannis with going forth into the land and helping others to lead more healthy lives.

This could be an opportunity for you to continue the themes of the performance back in your classroom and a range of follow up activities are listed on this site.


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Aims & outcomes


  • Fit for a King aims to explore practically the relationships between the food children eat, exercise and the way their bodies function and grow.


  • To give children the opportunity to recognise what a healthy and unhealthy diet looks like and to make informed choices about their diet
  • To encourage children to take responsibility for their hygiene as part of a healthy lifestyle
  • To help children understand how exercise helps the body to stay fit and healthy


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249794452Healthy eating and physical exercise are fundamental to proper growth and development in childhood. Enabling children and young people to develop patterns of healthy eating and exercise will also lay the foundations for healthier lifestyles in adulthood.

Recent research has shown that 80% of three year olds in the U.K are getting just 20 minutes medium to vigorous exercise a day instead of the minimum of one hour a day to keep them healthy.  As well as a lack of exercise, a significant number of children have diets that are lacking recommended levels of nutrition. Most commonly they are too low in zinc, calcium and vitamins and too high in sugars and salt.

Fit for a King is a participatory drama programme that explores what it means to have a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle and why this is important.

The programme asks these key questions:

  • What does a healthy diet look like?
  • How can doing exercise affect our health?
  • How does personal hygiene help us to stay healthy?

Through the fictional character of Prince Yannis, Fit for a King will explore some of the choices that Key Stage 1 children make concerning nutrition, exercise and hygiene. The children offer advice in the drama about the Prince’s lifestyle and see how particular choices affect his health.  They are introduced to the idea that a healthy diet contains food from different groups and that these foods are used in a variety of ways by the body. The programme also explores basic personal hygiene and how the body burns energy and needs to exercise to keep fit.


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  • This programme is performed by Juliet Fry and Paul Magson
  • This programme was based on a project devised by Juliet Fry, Malcolm Jennings and Paul Edwards, directed by Juliet Fry, and with additional puppetry direction by Steve Tiplady
  • Set designed by Emma Thompson
  • The website content was originally written by Juliet Fry and Paul Edwards, with additions by Malcolm Jennings


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