Quick summary: In this lesson, students become ambassadors for change in the health habits of their school. They survey members of their school community and audit their school’s practices in order to create an informed strategy for how to make their school healthier. They then independently run a campaign to get the community on board with preventative health measures.
The Heart Foundation’s ready-made skipping program, Jump Rope for Heart, helps primary school students move more and have fun, while they raise funds for heart research, patient support and programs that help save lives.
- Students understand health principles around food, physical activity and mental health
- Students understand connections between behaviours and actions and their impacts on health
- Students can effectively collect, manage and analyse data.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Years 5 Mathematics:
- Pose questions and collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey (ACMSP118)
- Construct displays, including column graphs, dot plots and tables, appropriate for data type, with and without the use of digital technologies (ACMSP119)
- Describe and interpret different data sets in context (ACMSP120)
Years 6 Mathematics:
- Interpret and compare a range of data displays, including side-by-side column graphs for two categorical variables (ACMSP147)
Years 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education:
- 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)
General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability
Relevant parts of Year 5 Mathematics achievement standards:
Students pose questions to gather data, and construct data displays appropriate for the data.
Relevant parts of Year 6 Mathematics achievement standards:
Students compare observed and expected frequencies. They interpret and compare a variety of data displays including those displays for two categorical variables. They interpret secondary data displayed in the media.
Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education achievement standards:
Students describe their own and others’ contributions to health, physical activity, safety and wellbeing. They describe the key features of health-related fitness and the significance of physical activity participation to health and wellbeing.
Topic: Health & Wellbeing
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Jump Rope For Heart: Jump Champions – Years 5 & 6
Time required: 55 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – facilitate whole class discussion before supporting students to work independently.
- Device capable of creating media, such as a tablet or camera
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Graph paper
- Pen or pencil
- Student Worksheet – one per student.
Keywords: health, heart, preventative, survey, graph, qualitative, quantitative, social action, nutrition, exercise
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.