The aim of the Taste & Learn™ for Primary program is to increase vegetable enjoyment and willingness to try vegetables amongst students, in order to support a life-long enjoyment and consumption of vegetables.
The objectives of Taste & Learn™ for Primary, are to increase students’ vegetable knowledge, literacy, awareness, familiarity and enjoyment of vegetables and to increase willingness to eat them. This is achieved through experiential learning activities and vegetable tastings as structured activities aligned to the Australian curriculum.
Taste & Learn™ for Primary is an evidence-based program for Australian primary schools that supports student learning and fosters enjoyment of vegetables to positively impact children’s health and wellbeing. It is developed by CSIRO scientists and educators, based on a strong theoretical framework and extensively evaluated in schools. The teacher-led program consists of three units of work for three stages in primary school (Foundation – Year 2, Year 3 – 4 and Year 5 – 6). Each unit consists of five one-hour lessons. The program focuses on fun, enjoyment, being a food adventurer and a science investigator. It has a large emphasis on experiential learning. Vegetables are tasted in each lesson. Fully written lesson plans and interactive whiteboard support materials are available to download for free from the Taste & Learn™ website. Taste & Learn™ for Primary is cross-curricular, aligning to Key Learning Areas (notably Science and English), general capabilities and cross-curricular priorities.