Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Footy players need their teammates and support team to ensure they can take on the field. There are things a tall marking forward can do that a small crumber can’t and vice versa. We all have strengths and weaknesses too, and these can impact our regular, daily lives. We all require the support of others to help us conquer problems much too large for an individual.

This lesson is about recognising that diversity makes us strong, acknowledging how a team brings together their individual strengths for the greater good. It is also an opportunity to celebrate students’ progress, bringing a close to the Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy unit of work.

The health and fitness-related tasks undertaken throughout the Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy lessons are gamified, providing incentivised learning opportunities and allowing for some personalisation. Therefore, we recommend students complete the full Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy unit to benefit from the full experience, completing this lesson first.

The Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy is a unit of work designed in collaboration with the Sydney Swans to promote health and wellbeing amongst students in years 3 to 6. It is designed to align with, and provide further depth to, the in-schools Volkswagen Footy Fit program for years 2 to 6.

Learning intentions:

  • Students will identify their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of others
  • Students will gain an appreciation for how the diversity of attributes amongst a group strengthens that group
  • Students will celebrate their achievements during the Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy unit.

21st century skills: 

Creative ThinkingCritical Thinking Cultural UnderstandingTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education

  • Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships (ACPPS037)
  • Participate in outdoor games and activities to examine how participation promotes a connection between the community, natural and built environments, and health and wellbeing (ACPPS041)
  • Research own heritage and cultural identities, and explore strategies to respect and value diversity (ACPPS042)

Year 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education

  • Examine how identities are influenced by people and places (ACPPS051)
  • Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS053)
  • Practise skills to establish and manage relationships (ACPPS055)
  • Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community (ACPPS060)

Syllabus outcomes: COS2.1, COS3.1, INS2.3, INS3.3, IRS2.11, IRS3.11, ALS2.6, GDS3.9, DMS3.2, PSS3.5, SLS3.13

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding

Relevant parts of Years 3 & 4 achievement standards:
Students identify influences that strengthen identities and describe the connections they have to their community.

Relevant parts of Years 3 & 4 achievement standards:
Students explain the influence of people and places on identities. They examine how physical activity, celebrating diversity and connecting to the environment support community wellbeing and cultural understanding.

Topic: Health & Wellbeing

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy – HPE – Years 3-6

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teacher will lead class discussions/games and presentation of certificates. Students will also have the opportunity to work independently.

Resources required:

Keywords: celebration, certificates, diversity, teamwork, empathy, personal strengths, identity, Sydney Swans, AFL, footy, fitness, Volkswagen, Footy Fit.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … identify their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of others
  • … gain an appreciation for how the diversity of attributes amongst a group strengthens that group
  • … celebrate their achievements during the Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy unit.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … identify their own strengths and weaknesses
  • … identify the strengths and weaknesses of others
  • … identify how these positively contribute to the community.

Teacher content information:

Volkswagen Footy Fit
Volkswagen Footy Fit is an evolution of the Volkswagen Swansfit program, which was established in 2017 and reached over 17,000 students across NSW.

Volkswagen Footy Fit is a school fitness program targeting primary school students across years 2 to 6. The program is conducted by Sydney Swans players and community staff in schools across the Sydney region and promotes the importance of daily physic

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Student Worksheet

Footy Fit - Diversity Strengthens Teams

1. Personal Decathlon

NAME STRENGTHS DECATHLON EVENT

Reflection

What are three actions I can take to improve or assist my community, based on my personal strengths?


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