What skills do we have to be physically safe?

About this Guide

This Second Level guide will help you to create activities around the wellbeing indicator of Safe using the Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport section of the Health and Wellbeing curriculum.

Suggested HWB Experiences & Outcomes

HWB 2-16a

I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible.

HWB 2-18a

I know and can demonstrate how to travel safely.

HWB 2-21a

As I encounter new challenges and contexts for learning, I am encouraged and supported to demonstrate my ability to select, adapt and apply movement skills and strategies, creatively, accurately and with control.

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To perform learned skills with a degree of accuracy and control.
  • To apply knowledge of risk and safety when planning activities for themselves and others.

Suggested Success Criteria (I Can…)

HWB 2-16a

Demonstrate different ways of moving my body safely, creatively and with control.

HWB 2-18a

Assess risk and demonstrate safety when working and sharing space with others.

HWB 2-21a

Create a short sequence of actions, linking movements in a controlled and smooth manner.

Suggested Learning Experiences

Large space

  • Games-Making activities – using a range of small equipment eg, hoops, quoits, balls, racquets, etc. Create simple rules, consider safety.
  • Aesthetics eg, gymnastics/dance – work with a partner to design a routine involving balance, rotation, inversion and travelling, thinking about safe use of space and equipment.
  • Central net and wall activities eg, volleyball, badminton, tennis – create a mini activity with a partner which focuses on passing and moving, throwing and catching – encourage children to think about safe space, timing, cue recognition.
  • Outdoor Learning – eg team-building activities, orienteering, to reinforce learning about safety of self and others in the outdoor environment.

Small Space

  • Whole-school events eg, sports day/week – children could be involved in planning a sports event for the whole school – this could involve risk assessment – consider best use of available space in school grounds, weather, equipment, staffing, contingency planning, suitability of activities for age and number of pupils etc.

Suggested Cross-Curricular Links

EXA 2-06a

Work collaboratively to design a safe outdoor play area.

SOC 2-14a

Draw a map of playground, playing area, identifying key points. Plan an orienteering course round it to use with peers.

Suggested Word Bank

  • Safe
  •  Risk
  •  Care
  •  Danger
  •  Protect
  •  Harm
  •  Secure
  •  Space
  •  Hurt
  •  Share
  •  Injury
  •  Healthy
  •  Careful
  •  Considerate
  •  Sure
  •  Try
  •  Apparatus
  •  Speed (Fast/Slow)
  •  Control
  •  Level (High/Low)
  •  Big
  •  Small
  •  Actions
  •  Behaviours
  •  Sequence
  •  Movement
  •  Control
  •  Feedback
  •  Success