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