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Unit 5: Keeping healthy - Teacher's notes

Interactive case study (flash)
Online activities (flash)
  1. Are You A Health Expert?
  2. How I Stay Healthy
Activity sheets (pdf)
  1. Top Tips For Staying Healthy
  2. Keeping Healthy
Certificate (pdf)
  1. Create certificate
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Jane has personal hygiene and other health problems. Children learn about the constituents of a healthy lifestyle. Includes a quiz and diary design.

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  • To reinforce the importance of living a healthy lifestyle
  • To understand the constituents of a healthy lifestyle including exercise, nutrition, personal hygiene and emotional well-being
  • To help pupils understand the reasons why other children may be suffering from hygiene or health issues

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Curriculum links

Key Stage 2 Citizenship and PSHE

  • Developing confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities - 1b
  • Preparing to play an active role as citizens - 2c, 2e
  • Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle - 3a, 3e
  • Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people - 4a, 4d, 4f, 4g
  • Breadth of opportunities - 5b, 5f, 5h, 5i

Key Stage 2 PE

  1. How exercise affects the body in the short term
  2. To warm up and prepare appropriately for different activities
  3. Why physical activity is good for their health and well-being

Every Child Matters

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Make a positive contribution


  • Social skills
  • Empathy

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Lesson plan

Using the case study materials

This case study features Jane, who has personal hygiene issues as well as other health problems. Her parents are unable to support Jane as much as she needs. Jane's personal and family difficulties make her a victim of bullying, and she is very concerned about transferring to secondary school. With the support of The Children's Society, she attends a group where she and her mother learn how to care for themselves, to prepare healthier meals and to take regular exercise. Her life becomes more positive from then on.

  • Before sharing Jane's story, ask the children to tell you what they understand by a healthy lifestyle. Their answers are likely to focus on food and exercise. Prompt them to think also about personal hygiene - what do they understand by this, and why is it important to general well-being?
  • Introduce the case study and explain that they will learn about another aspect of health, but at this stage don't tell them what this is.
  • As you click on each of Jane's facial expressions in turn, ask the children to tell you how she is feeling at the time and why.
  • Now ask the children to tell you which other aspect of healthy living Jane's story illustrates (happiness).
  • At the end of the case study, on-screen questions prompt the children to consider the connection between physical and emotional well-being.
  • Use the discussion questions below to help you gauge the children's level of understanding of the case study.

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Suggested questions for discussion

  1. Why do you think Jane was bullied?
  2. What sorts of horrible things did the other children say to Jane?
  3. How do you think Jane felt about moving up to secondary school?
  4. How many different emotions were shown in the case study, and what were they?
  5. How did The Children's Society help Jane and her mother?
  6. What do you think Jane learned about keeping healthy?
  7. How important do you think feeling happy and loved is for your health?
  8. What makes you feel happy?

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Online activity 1: Are you a health expert?

Children answer a short multiple-choice quiz about what makes a healthy lifestyle. The children could work with a partner or in a small group to think about the answers before choosing one of the multiple-choice options. When they have completed the quiz they can print out their answers.

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Online activity 2: How I stay healthy

Children make a short video diary by choosing from a series of health-related pictures, which they then drag and drop into a diary from Monday to Friday. They can add a caption to each picture. Clicking on 'play' converts their choices into a 'healthy movie.'

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Activity sheet 1: Top tips for staying healthy

This sheet invites the children to compile a flier for children of their own age, giving top tips for keeping healthy. They are asked to include tips for keeping happy.

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Activity sheet 2: Keeping healthy

This sheet is a quiz which uses the same questions as the interactive version (Online activity 1: Are you a health expert?). The children challenge other children in the school and/or their family members to answer the questions.

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Extension ideas

  • Ask the children to keep a personal healthy lifestyle diary for a week. They could record the food they have eaten, how much water they have drunk, the different forms of exercise they have taken, when they brushed their teeth or had a shower or bath and so on.
  • Similarly, they could devise an exercise schedule for a week.
  • Ask the children to write a list of 'good' v 'bad' foods.
  • Enter the results of the quiz questions into a spreadsheet and ask the children to write a short report highlighting which questions were answered correctly or incorrectly by the highest number of people.
  • Younger or less able children could draw and caption a picture or series of pictures showing themselves engaging in an activity that aids a healthy lifestyle.
  • Encourage the children to try a new sport and report back.
  • Think about links to sports day and cookery.

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Assembly ideas

This unit provides a good opportunity to engage the rest of the year group or the whole school in a project to promote healthy lifestyles. You could decide to have a 'fruit only' snacks rule, invite a chef to show the children how to make a simple healthy dish, make play times more active or join the Walk to School Campaign. You could ask children to write leaflets telling parents and carers what you are aiming to do and asking for their support, or offer a prize for the best website homepage promoting your healthy eating campaign.

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When you have completed this My Life unit with your pupils, you can access a certificate from the Activity sheets box at the top of this page. You can type in the name of each student and print the personalised certificates. No names will be stored by us.

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