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CSIRO's vegetable education program for Australian primary schools.

Welcome to the Taste & Learn™ program!

Taste & Learn™ 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.

Focuses on sensory education, not nutrition education

  • theoretical framework based on scientific insights on development of vegetable acceptance in children and sensory education
  • large emphasis on experiential learning and vegetable tastings in structured activities
  • focuses on fun, enjoyment and being a food adventurer
  • does not emphasize health.

Evidence based, tested with a strong scientific design

  • demonstrated effects on student outcomes using a large trial with 25 schools (1639 students)
  • program and materials positively evaluated by teachers
  • developed and evaluated by CSIRO Agriculture & Food in collaboration with CSIRO Education & Outreach and CSIRO Health & Biosecurity
  • for details on the evidence base, see Publications.

Aligned to the Australian curriculum

  • cross-curricular unit, aligns to Key Learning Areas including English, Science and Mathematics, general capabilities and cross-curricular priorities (Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and Sustainability).

Easy to use teacher materials

  • three units of work for Foundation – Year 2, Year 3 – 4 and Year 5 – 6
  • each unit consists of five one-hour lessons
  • fully written lesson plans with student worksheets and electronic whiteboard support
  • implementation manual and digital teacher training module
  • materials designed by education professionals and piloted in 25 schools.

Complete the form to access the Taste & Learn™ Materials


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