The students will plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing by proposing and implementing opportunities to increase their physical activity levels at school and home.
Discuss some of the opportunities that they have to participate in physical activity. Ask the question: How much physical activity should a child of your age participate in? Allow the students time to consider their response and their reasons prior to asking them to respond and providing them with the answer.
Show the short video 'Are You Active Enough?'
Discuss the fact that “In NSW, only about a quarter of children aged between 5 and 15 years do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. Boys in Years 6, 8 and 10 are more active than girls, however physical activity declines with age."
(Taken from Healthy Kids website.)
Brainstorm possible reasons for the above fact.
Using the Get Physical (U2L7-8R2) worksheet, ask students to apply their knowledge of physical activity to convince peers to become more active. The students will do this by writing a speech that could be delivered to school students at an assembly to persuade them to increase their physical activity.
As a conclusion to this lesson, ask the students will complete a goal setting worksheet (U2L7-8R1), whereby they set short-term goals to increase their activity participation levels. Students should include a daily balance between physical activity, work, rest and relaxation.
The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing recommends that children aged between 5 and 12 should have a combination of moderate and vigorous activities for at least 60 minutes a day.
Examples of moderate activities are a brisk walk, a bike ride or any sort of active play.
More vigorous activities will make kids “huff and puff” and include organised sports such as football and netball, as well as activities such as ballet, running and swimming laps. Children typically accumulate activity in intermittent bursts ranging from a few seconds to several minutes, so any sort of active play will usually include some vigorous activity.
Most importantly, children need the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that are fun and suit their interests, skills and abilities. Variety will also offer your child a range of health benefits, experiences and challenges.
Children shouldn't spend more than two hours a day using electronic media for entertainment (eg computer games, TV, internet), particularly during daylight hours.