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Go for It!

How our bodies use glucose for energy...

Learn how we burn up our food, test for your own glucose and find out how diabetes is diagnosed.

Go for It! is the second workshop in the Live for It! series which explores how our bodies use glucose for energy. Pupils investigate how our bodies use glucose, run their own tests for glucose in food samples and find out how diabetes is diagnosed. Go for It! builds on the knowledge gained from Eat for It! and aims to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes.

Curriculum Links

Go for It! complements the following experiences and outcomes:

  • SCN 2-12a: By investigating body systems and potential problems which they may develop, I can make informed decisions to help me to maintain my health and wellbeing.

  • SCN 3-12a: I have explored the structure and function of organs and organ systems and can relate this to the basic biological processes required to sustain life.

  • SCN 3-12b: I have explored the role of technology in monitoring health and improving the quality of life.

  • HWB 2-28a & 3-28a: I can explain the links between the energy I use while being physically active, the food I eat and my health and wellbeing.

  • HWB 2-15a & 3-15a: I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.

  • HWB 3-31a: Through practical activities using different foods and drinks, I can identify key nutrients, their sources and functions, and demonstrate the links between energy, nutrients and health.

  • HWB 3-22a: I am developing my understanding of the nutritional needs of people who have different conditions and requirements.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe why our bodies require energy

  • Recall that different processes require different amount of energy

  • Describe that the body burns glucose to provide it with energy

  • Describe that glucose is produced by digestion of carbohydrates like starch

  • Identify that insulin works to open cells and let glucose in

  • Recall what happens in the body during Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

  • Discuss the risks which increase the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes

Teachers Notes