What skills do we have to build an active lifestyle?

About this Guide

This Second 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 2-15a

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

HWB 2-25a

I am experiencing enjoyment and achievement on a daily basis by taking part in different kinds of energetic physical activities of my choosing, including sport and opportunities for outdoor learning, available at my place of learning and in the wider community.

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the health benefits linked with being active outdoors.
  • To know how to access opportunities to improve participation in outdoor activity, including ‘Active Travel.’

Suggested Success Criteria (I Can…)

HWB 2-15aHWB 2-25a

Explain some of the physical, mental and social benefits of taking part in outdoor physical activity.

HWB 2-25a

Create a plan to increase the amount of outdoor activity I complete at home and school eg, Active Travel plan.

Suggested Learning Experiences

  • Discuss/brainstorm what is meant by the term ‘green exercise.’ Children may need prompting with some suggestions about being active and where ‘green exercise’ could take place. Make sure they understand that ‘green’ refers to outdoors so can include woods, beaches, out in the snow, on the water etc.
  • Create a class display of outdoor health activities that children could take part in – Draw pictures of green exercise or look for pictures in magazines or on the internet of green exercise. Discuss their ideas either as a whole class or in small groups.
  • Consider different types of activity or locations that they could do green activity in. Compile a list of their suggestions,for example: walking in the countryside; playing in the woods; having snowball fights; swimming at the beach; mountain biking; playing in country parks etc.
  • Investigate the range of green spaces available within the local community where some of the activities from their list could take place.
  • Create a ‘Green Exercise’ class display using pictures produced by the children. Their ideas/ feelings could be written around the picture. Examples may include: feeling good; stress-free ; scenery ; fresh air; better sleep at night; healthier hearts and lungs; stronger bones; increase self-esteem; maintain a healthy weight; spend time with family.
  • In groups –list some of the barriers to outdoor activities that may prevent children taking part eg, safety, weather, parental permission etc.  Consider how they could mitigate/overcome some of these barriers.
  • Brainstorm as many different forms of travel/transport they can think of. From list, consider which ones would be considered active travel – debate/discuss the advantages/disadvantages of active travel.
  • Create a travel plan that would allow them to take part in active travel to school.  For children where car/bus etc is the only option, think of how they could be included eg, getting car driver to drop them off at a safe place near to school rather that school gates. Children could walk the remaining distance/ or choose to add some additional walking time in to their school day.
  • Liaise with Road Safety Officers in school to promote active travel across the whole school eg, Walk to School Wednesday.
  • Think of ways to promote the WOW Travel Tracker and encourage the whole school to log in every day.

Suggested Cross-Curricular Links

MNU 2-20b

Survey the kinds of outdoor pursuits/activities that children already take part in – separate into those which require no specific training or equipment and those which do eg, walking to school versus orienteering. Consider activities that children would like to be involved in – discuss how they could achieve this – research availability in local area.

SOC 2-14a

Using maps of local area, plan their walking, cycling route to school – children should be encouraged to select the safest route, not just the shortest.

MNU 2-20b

Survey the most common form of travelling to school. Create posters to promote active travel.

Suggested Word Bank

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