the start of our inclusive journey

About this Guide

This Early Level guide will help you to create activities around the wellbeing indicator of Included using the Healthy Lifestyles section of the Health and Wellbeing curriculum. Healthy Lifestyles combines the experiences and outcomes used in PSE benchmarks.

Suggested HWB Experiences & Outcomes

HWB 0-08a

I understand that people can feel alone and can be misunderstood and left out by others. I am learning how to give appropriate support.

HWB 0-44a

I am aware of how friendships are formed and that likes, dislikes, special qualities and needs can influence relationships.

HWB 0-47a

I recognise that we have similarities and differences but are all unique.

HWB 0-47b

I am aware of my growing body and I am learning the correct names for its different parts and how they work.

This is a sensitive aspect of learning and parents/guardians will need to be informed of this before teaching it.

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To understand that everybody is special and unique.

Suggested Success Criteria (I Can…)

HWB 0-08a

Demonstrate ways in which I can help others to feel included in activities.

HWB 0-44a

Talk about my friends and demonstrate how to be a good friend.

HWB 0-47a

Identify ways in which we are the same and different from each other.

HWB 0-47b

Use the correct names for parts of my body.

This is a sensitive aspect of learning and parents/guardians will need to be informed of this before teaching it.

Suggested Learning Experiences

  • Provide opportunities for children to talk about themselves and others eg, circle time activities.
  • Mindmap positive words and phrases that can be used to describe each other.
  • Look at and discuss photos of children – consider what we can tell from the picture eg, hair colour (physical characteristics) and what they cannot tell from pictures alone eg, likes/dislikes.
  • Using the dolls from the home corner, encourage the children to create a list of body parts they all have in common eg head, nose, breasts and nipples. Explain when a mummy has a baby, she can use her breasts to feed her baby with milk.
  • Consider the parts of the body called Private Parts or that are covered by their underpants. Use the NSPCC Pantosaurus campaign to explain that the correct names are penis and vagina/vulva.Pantosaurus
  • Talk about a friend from nursery/school or home in a positive way.
  • Talk about a friend from nursery/school or home in a positive way.
  • Discuss own and others’ likes/dislikes/interests and hobbies – make comparisons. Encourage children to ask questions of each other to reinforce individual differences.
  • Talk about what makes them special/what they are good at.
  • Draw a friend and describe one thing that makes them special.
  • ‘Show and Tell’ – children talk about a personal interest/achievement to their group or peers.
  • Make a ‘My Life in a Shoebox’ display with the help of parents – this could be a shoebox containing some things that have been special to them as they have grown eg, photo, postcard, picture, toy.
  • Virtual classroom activities created by HWB team at Alexander Peden

Suggested Cross-Curricular Links

LIT 0-07aLIT 0-19a

Read/share stories highlighting similarities and differences eg, The Rainbow Fish; Elmer.

TCH 0-03a

Create a class database about ‘Ourselves’ to illustrate physical differences and personal preferences.

MNU 0-20a

Create a bar graph/chart about displaying individual differences eg, height, hair/eye colour.

Suggested Word Bank

  • Special
  •  Unique
  •  Different
  •  Same
  •  Hobbies
  •  Likes
  •  Dislikes
  •  Needs
  •  Listen
  •  Taking Turns
  •  Talk
  •  Friend
  •  Individual
  •  Special