What do we do next on our active journey?

About this Guide

This First Level guide will help you to create activities around the wellbeing indicator of Active 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 1-11a

I make full use and value the opportunities I am given to improve and manage my learning and in turn, I can help to encourage learning and confidence in others.

HWB 1-15a

I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to improve and maintain my wellbeing and health.

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To understand why children should be physically active for 60 minutes each day.
  • To recognise ways they can become more active on a daily basis.

Suggested Success Criteria (I Can…)

HWB 1-11a

Identify different ways I can be active each day to meet the 60 minute target.

Create a personal activity plan to improve my level of physical activity.

HWB 1-15a

Describe some of the health benefits linked with being physically active for 60 minutes per day.

Suggested Learning Experiences

  • Estimate how much time they spend on screen activity eg, watching TV; gaming;social media.
  • Discuss ways they could spend less time on screen based activities and more time doing physical activity, giving examples of how they could achieve this.
  • Record an active diary for a day/week and review with a friend to see how they can improve their levels of physical activity – think of different ways to make the recording easy to do.
  • Discuss what they could be doing at home instead of having screen time- record this in a letter to themselves.
    ‘If I had no electronic devices I could….’
  • Mindmap why it is good for the body to be active every day eg, maintain a healthy weight, social development, develop co-ordination and skills, healthy heart and lungs, healthy, strong muscles.
  • List the types of physical activity they did on one weekday. Everyone has to use the same day. Estimate how much time in total they were active, sleeping, eating or sitting down at school/home.
  • Discuss the importance of being physically active for at least 60minutes per day – investigate how they might split the 60 minutes physical exercise target each day.
  • Consider the different types of physical activity which could help make up the 60 minute per day, including less obvious forms of activity eg playtime, walking to school.
  • Create a list of physical activities children can sustain for different periods of time eg
    How long can you walk for?
    How long can you run for?
    How long can you skip for?
  • Collaborative Learning – in groups, give each a specific topic to consider: Activity at school; Activity before school; Activity after school; Activity with the family – create a class poster titled ‘Different ways we can be active’ using the ideas generated from the group sessions.
  • Identify some potential barriers they might come across which could make achieving the target difficult and come up with solutions that would help them to overcome these barriers and achieve the target.
  • Create a personal activity plan – a way of setting simple, achievable goals over a short period of time.
  • Create a collage showing their understanding of the differences between sedentary and active behaviours.
  • Virtual classroom activities created by HWB team at Alexander Peden

Suggested Cross-Curricular Links

MNU 1-20b

Survey how many elctronic devices children in class have – organise/record information using own criteria.

LIT 1-09a

Debate / discuss for and against putting restrictions on screen time, or not allowing children to use any electronic devices before age of 12.  Give clear explanations and opinions.

MNU 1-10c

Use timers to record themselves and others completing tasks in 1 minute and begin to develop a sense of how long 60 minutes is.

Suggested Word Bank

  • Active
  •  Benefits
  •  60 Minutes
  •  Leisure
  •  Target
  •  Physical
  •  Activity
  •  Heart
  •  Lungs
  •  Muscles
  •  Bones
  •  Barriers
  •  Achieve
  •  Solution
  •  Goals
  •  Time
  •  Estimate
  •  Record