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DICE Topic Term 6 - Scrumdiddlyumptious!

Tuck in and enjoy a yummy journey of discovery, tasting fantastic fruits, venerable vegetables and tantalizing treats. Work up an appetite with delicious stories about food, have fun with a vegetable orchestra or become a fruity sculptor. Find exciting recipes to read – and write your own, too. Then get busy in the kitchen, making tasty dishes from across the world and discover how good food helps you grow fit and strong. Be a whizz and create your own scrumdiddlyumptious smoothie for Squeezy Joe and his team of fruity friends. And here’s food for thought – if you are what you eat, what does that make you?

Useful Websites

We use a variety of online resources to help support what we do in school that your children can access at home if they wish. These include the following:

Purple MashPurpleMash - a platform which has various games, apps, topics, and projects included to support both the Computing and wider curriculum.

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Letterjoin - a website to support children with their handwriting, including a range of online and printable resouces.

The Home Of Classroom Fitness for Children - Fitter Future

Fitter Futures - a physical activity website with tons of indoor and outdoor workouts for children to try if they wish.

Your child should have their own personal logins for both PurpleMash and Fitter Futures. The school login for Letterjoin has been shared previously. If you need it, please do not hesitate to email me. The same can be arranged if your child does not know their PurpleMash or Fitter Futures login.

Please click on the pictures to be taken to any of these websites.

DICE Topic Websites

These websites are related to our DICE topic, which is called 'Scrumdiddlyumptious!' and focuses on food and nutrition.

As always, although these websites have been checked by staff, it is recommended you look at them first before you share them with children to ensure you are happy with their content.

BBC Bitesize - Food Groups

BBC Biteseize - Food as Fuel

BBC Bitesize - Farm to Plate

BBC Bitesize - Food Waste

Fun Facts

Here are some fun Food facts that you can learn to impress your family and friends with!

1. Milk is good for your bones and your teeth.

Drinking milk is a great way to get calcium, the mineral important for building strong bones. The calcium in milk is also good for building strong teeth. Bones and teeth look similar, but teeth aren’t made of bone. However, teeth do rely on calcium the same way bones do.

2. Sugar doesn’t cause cavities in the way you might think.

You already know that sugar and candy aren’t good for your teeth. But sugar by itself doesn’t actually cause cavities. Your mouth always has good and bad bacteria in it. When you eat sugar or foods with sugar (even bread!) certain types of bad bacteria begin to eat it. These bacteria produce acids that are what actually cause cavities to form.

3. Juice and sports drinks can be as bad as soda.

Juice and sports drinks taste really good, right? While a glass of juice or bottle of sports drink makes a tasty snack, they can actually be as bad for your teeth and body as soda! Even fruit juice, which has vitamins and minerals, also has a lot of natural fruit sugars. Do your best to drink water as much as possible and save sugary or fruity drinks for special ocassions.

4. Popsicles and ice cream can cause a temporary toothache.

Have you ever bit into a popsicle and felt a sharp pain in your tooth? Popsicles, ice cream, and even cold drinks can sometimes cause a temporary toothache that lasts for a few seconds to a minute or so. This is because of the cold temperature shocking the teeth and hurting the nerve inside your tooth enamel. If you do feel this happens, make sure to let your parents know because you might have a cavity.

5. Your grocery store can have over 100 different kinds of produce.

Going grocery shopping with our parents isn’t always fun, but next time take a look at all of the different fruits and vegetables in your store. Most grocery stores can have 100 or even 200 different types of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other produce for sale. We are lucky to live in a time where we can try out so many different healthy foods! Why not try something new every week?

6. Bananas are technically a berry and an herb.

Bananas are a great snack, but did you know this fruit is actually a berry and an herb? Because of the way bananas grow, they are technically not a fruit, though we do often lump them into the fruit category. Also, bananas are a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and other really important nutritional elements we need.

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