What do we do next on our healthy journey?

About this Guide

This First Level guide will help you to create activities around the wellbeing indicator of Healthy 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 1-38a

I know that there are medicines and some other substances that can be used in a safe way to improve health and I am becoming aware of how choices I make can affect my health and wellbeing.

HWB 1-47b

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.

HWB 1-48a

I am learning what I can do to look after my body and who can help me.

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To understand how to look after their body now and in the future.
  • To raise awareness of how tobacco can affect their body.

Suggested Success Criteria (I Can…)

HWB 1-38a

Describe the effects of smoking on the body.

HWB 1-48a

Know and can complete independently some of the basic tasks required to look after my body eg brushing teeth.

HWB 1-47b

Use the correct words for different parts of the body eg penis and vagina/vulva.

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

Suggested Learning Experiences

  • Make a class display of children taking part in healthy activities – lead this into discussion on ways they keep can keep fit and healthy.
  • Discuss what ‘being healthy’ means – what it looks like, feels and sounds like. Children could try to illustrate their ideas. Select images from magazines of what they think ‘being healthy’ looks like and create a wall display – children could write captions explaining their choice of picture.
  • Using the resources from NHS Lanarkshire Library, split the children into groups to consider the changes that smoking makes to the body. Create visual images
    showing which changes take place and how to avoid this happening.
    heart – makes the heart pump faster.
    lungs – tar causes breathing difficulties.
    circulation – smoke decreases oxygen in the whole body.
    skin – makes you look older.
    mouth – stains teeth, causes bad breath.
  • Draw round a child. Create a wall display of how to look after different parts of the body eg, skin, brain, bones, teeth, heart, lungs – link to healthy eating – foods to eat/avoid, activities to avoid and the ones to encourage.
  • Using the same drawing, discuss with the children about parts of their bodies that are private. Explain why it is important to know what the official, medical names are. Encourage them to talk about any names they know or have heard outside of school. Explain the language that they can use in school to describe these parts of their bodies ie penis, testicles vulva, vagina, breasts, nipples.Link to a lesson plan from RSHP.scot
  • Collaborative learning – Mindmap/list different ways they can keep healthy – personal hygiene, teeth brushing routine, eating a good balance of different foods. Consider the effects of poor diet, lack of exercise, decaying teeth. Select one aspect and create a poster to persuade others about the benefits of looking after themselves and their bodies.
  • Develop different ways to help children complete healthy routines independently eg make up their own chart to help remember to brush their teeth in the morning and at night.
  • Interview an adult/older person and ask them how they keep healthy.
  • Virtual classroom activities created by HWB team at Alexander Peden
  • Pledge your support and help create a tobacco-free Scotland

Suggested Cross-Curricular Links

SOC 1-20a

Investigate the importance of local services and organisations in supporting people to lead more healthy lifestyles.

MNU 1-20aMNU 1-20b

Investigate the amount of exercise each person in the class does over a day/week. Explore the findings, create questions and present the information in a logical, organised and imaginative way eg, graph, bar/pie chart etc.

Suggested Word Bank

  • Harm
  •  Balanced Diet
  •  Exercise
  •  Healthy
  •  Unhealthy Future
  •  Personal Hygiene
  •  Body
  •  Poor Diet
  •  Genitals
  •  Penis
  •  Vagina
  • Vulva
  •  Private
  •  Medical Terms