Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will begin their fitness journey, visualising changes that occur inside and outside the body when healthy habits are adopted and targeting the health and fitness of themselves and others through physical testing and media messaging.

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 consider the elements necessary for fitness improvement, including exercise, proper diet, rest and recovery
  • Students will apply their learning to practical fitness situations by testing their own fitness and creating targeted training
  • Students will investigate the purpose and messaging around media messages about health and create their own positive incentives for getting fit.

21st century skills: 

Critical ThinkingGlobal Citizenship

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 3 & 4 HPE

  • Explore strategies to manage physical, social and emotional change (ACPPS034)
  • Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036)
  • Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (ACPPS039)
  • Describe strategies to make the classroom and playground healthy, safe and active spaces (ACPPS040)

Year 5 & 6 HPE

  • Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS054)
  • Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (ACPPS058)

Syllabus outcomes: GDS2.9, PHS2.12, PHS2.12, SLS2.13

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

Relevant parts of Years 3 & 4 HPE achievement standards: 

Students interpret health messages and discuss the influences on healthy and safe choices. They understand the benefits of being healthy and physically active. They use decision-making and problem-solving skills to select and demonstrate strategies that help them stay safe, healthy and active.

Relevant parts of Years 5 & 6 HPE achievement standards: 

Students describe the key features of health-related fitness and the significance of physical activity participation to health and wellbeing. They access and interpret health information and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.

Topic: Health & Wellbeing

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

Time required: 90+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion. Students work independently.

Resources required:

Keywords: fitness, health, personal responsibility, smoking, media, advertising, obesity, cardio, strength, meditation, 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...

  • ... consider the elements necessary for fitness improvement, including exercise, proper diet, rest and recovery
  • ... apply their learning to practical fitness situations by testing their own fitness and creating targeted training
  • ... investigate the purpose and messaging around media messages about health and create their own positive incentives for getting fit.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy choices
  • … critically evaluate the impact of exercise and habits on a person’s physical and mental health
  • … assess their personal level of fitness
  • … critically evaluate messages in the media around health
  • … create their own positive messaging around health and fitness.

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.

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