Quick summary: What do elastic bands, straws and balls of Blu-Tack have to do with how our body moves? This lesson looks into the machinery of the body, using artistic methods to give a visual insight into the hidden workings of how muscles and joints move and act under different conditions. Students will see what a torn hamstring actually looks like below the skin; the processes that actually go into moving their leg to kick a football; and why a knee moving sideways rather than forward and back can lead to a serious injury.
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.
- Students understand the roles and limitations of muscles and joints in the movement of the human body
- Students understand how the muscles can change state with stretching and the effect this can have on injuries
- Students understand how the push/pull dynamic of muscles works to move our bones.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 & 4 HPE
- Practise and refine fundamental movement skills in a variety of movement sequences and situations (ACPMP043)
Year 5 & 6 HPE
- Practise specialised movement skills and apply them in a variety of movement sequences and situations (ACPMP061)
- Manipulate and modify elements of effort, space, time, objects and people to perform movement sequences (ACPMP065)
Syllabus outcomes: MOS2.4, MOS3.4, GSS2.8, GSS3.8, GYS2.10, GYS3.10
Relevant parts of Years 3 & 4 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 4, students can refine fundamental movement skills and apply movement concepts and strategies in a variety of physical activities and to solve movement challenges. They create and perform movement sequences using fundamental movement skills and the elements of movement.
Relevant parts of Years 5 & 6 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 6, students perform specialised movement skills and sequences and propose and combine movement concepts and strategies to achieve movement outcomes and solve movement challenges. They apply the elements of movement when composing and performing movement sequences.
Topic: Health & Wellbeing
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy – HPE – Years 3-6
Time required: 80 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – teacher may need to facilitate some games and conduct demonstrations, but students mostly work independently.
- Craft materials such as balloons, Blu-Tack, cardboard tubes, cardboard boxes, elastic bands, paper straws, paper bags, plastic straws, scissors, string, tape
- Device capable of creating audiovisual recordings, such as an iPad or camera
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Joints Worksheet – one copy per student
- Plastic straw – one for demonstration purposes
- Rapid Movement Capture Worksheet – one copy per pair (optional)
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student
- Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy Tokens (from Lesson 1)
- Volkswagen Footy Fit Academy Game Plan (from Lesson 1)
- Volkswagen Footy Fit Stadium Scoreboard (from Lesson 1).
Keywords: muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, stretching, 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.