Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will explore key characteristics of healthy lifestyles including healthy eating, physical activity and rest. They will use a range of modes to practise and present their learning, including through singing, drama and illustration. They will then create a puzzle which shows a healthy habit to share with their classes and students in future years.

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Learning intentions:

  • Students are aware of key attributes of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Students create visual representations of ideas to communicate them to an audience.

21st century skills: 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Foundation Health and Physical Education 

  • Identify people and demonstrate protective behaviours and other actions that help keep themselves safe and healthy (ACPPS003)
  • Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS006)
  • Participate in play that promotes engagement with outdoor settings and the natural environment (ACPPS007)
  • Practise fundamental movement skills and movement sequences using different body parts (ACPMP008)
  • Explore how regular physical activity keeps individuals healthy and well (ACPMP010)

Year 1 and 2 Health and Physical Education

  • Recognise situations and opportunities to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS018)
  • Examine health messages and how they relate to health decisions and behaviours (ACPPS021)
  • Explore actions that help make the classroom a healthy, safe and active place (ACPPS022)
  • Perform fundamental movement skills in a variety of movement sequences and situations (ACPMP025)

Foundation to Year 2 Visual Arts 

  • Explore ideas, experiences, observations and imagination to create visual artworks and design, including considering ideas in artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (ACAVAM106)
  • Use and experiment with different materials, techniques, technologies and processes to make artworks (ACAVAM107)
  • Create and display artworks to communicate ideas to an audience (ACAVAM108)

Foundation English Content Descriptors

  • Understand the use of vocabulary in familiar contexts related to everyday experiences, personal interests and topics taught at school (ACELA1437)
  • Share feelings and thoughts about the events and characters in texts (ACELT1783)
  • Retell familiar literary texts through performance, use of illustrations and images (ACELT1580)
  • Listen to and respond orally to texts and to the communication of others in informal and structured classroom situations (ACELY1646)
  • Use interaction skills including listening while others speak, using appropriate voice levels, articulation and body language, gestures and eye contact (ACELY1784)
  • Use comprehension strategies to understand and discuss texts listened to, viewed or read independently (ACELY1650)

Year 1 English

  • Understand the use of vocabulary in everyday contexts as well as a growing number of school contexts, including appropriate use of formal and informal terms of address in different contexts (ACELA1454)
  • Respond to texts drawn from a range of cultures and experiences (ACELY1655)
  • Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questions (ACELY1656)
  • Use interaction skills including turn-taking, recognising the contributions of others, speaking clearly and using appropriate volume and pace (ACELY1788)
  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about key events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to, view and read by drawing on growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1660)

Year 2 English

  • Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others’ ideas in discussions (ACELY1666)
  • Use interaction skills including initiating topics, making positive statements and voicing disagreement in an appropriate manner, speaking clearly and varying tone, volume and pace appropriately (ACELY1789)

Syllabus outcomes: MOS1.4, DMES1.2, PHES1.2, PSES1.5, ALES1.6, PHS1.12, SLES1.13VAS1.1, VAS1.2ENe-1A, ENe-4A, ENe-6B. ENe-10C, EN-11D.

General capabilities: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.

Relevant parts of Foundation Health and Physical Education Achievement Standards: Students recognise how they are growing and changing. They identify and describe the different emotions people experience. They identify actions that help them be healthy, safe and physically active. They identify different settings where they can be active and demonstrate how to move and play safely. They describe how their body responds to movement. Students use personal and social skills when working with others in a range of activities. They demonstrate, with guidance, practices and protective behaviours to keep themselves safe and healthy in different activities. They perform fundamental movement skills and solve movement challenges.

Relevant parts of Year 1 and 2 Health and Physical Education Achievement Standards: Students describe changes that occur as they grow older. They recognise how strengths and achievements contribute to identities. They identify how emotional responses impact on others’ feelings. They examine messages related to health decisions and describe how to keep themselves and others healthy, safe and physically active. They identify areas where they can be active and how the body reacts to different physical activities. Students demonstrate positive ways to interact with others. They select and apply strategies to keep themselves healthy and safe and are able to ask for help with tasks or problems. They demonstrate fundamental movement skills in a variety of movement sequences and situations and test alternatives to solve movement challenges. They perform movement sequences that incorporate the elements of movement.

Relevant parts of Foundation English Achievement Standards: Students use appropriate interaction skills to listen and respond to others in a familiar environment. In informal group and whole class settings, students communicate clearly. They retell events and experiences with peers and known adults.

Relevant parts of Year 1 English Achievement Standards: Students listen to others when taking part in conversations, using appropriate language features and interaction skills. They interact in pair, group and class discussions, taking turns when responding. They make short presentations on familiar topics.

Relevant Parts of Year 2 English Achievement Standards: When discussing their ideas and experiences, students use everyday language features and topic-specific vocabulary. They use a variety of strategies to engage in group and class discussions and make presentations.

Topic: Art & Craft.

Unit of work: Learning Through Art & Craft – Primary.

Time required: 90 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Content will be discussed and revised explicitly and the student independent task is open-ended in nature allowing for freedom and creativity.

Resources required: Device capable of displaying video. Coloured pencil sets containing a variety of skin tone colours. One copy of the Jigsaw Planning Template for each student. Blank jigsaws such as Colorific Jigdraws (one per student). Press seal bags (one per student). 

Keywords: Healthy, health, wellbeing, healthy living, healthy lifestyles, healthy eating, exercise, physical activity, rest, sleep, mental health, puzzle.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: 

  • Students are aware of key attributes of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Students create visual representations of ideas to communicate them to an audience.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... list various aspects of a healthy lifestyle.
  • ... give examples of foods that can be included in a balanced diet.
  • … identify the importance of rest and relaxation.
  • … develop a representation of an active lifestyle to promote positive choices to others.

Teacher content information:

Art & Craft

Art & Craft lessons provide students with the unique opportunity to combine very open creative techniques to their learning. As a less 'high stakes' version of the Visual Arts, in Art & Craft lessons, students are freer to play as they create their works. This more relaxed, open creative process often leads to a greater level of comfort for students to take risks in their art making. Art and Craft lessons make failure in art-making less daunting and inn

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