Activities: Quick, little preparation required
What do we mean by the term healthy? Ask learners to discuss this question in pairs. Ask them to write down their main ideas in a sentence and join another pair to compare their ideas. After some discussion share the following definition in an age appropriate way: ‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ World Health Organisation.
Class discussion: what is well-being?
Ask learners to build on the discussions about what it is to be healthy by exploring the term ‘well-being’. When do they feel well and happy? Do they have a special time or place that helps them feel good. Research meanings on the internet and look up dictionary definitions. Come to an agreement as a class on what is meant by ‘well-being’.
Healthy or unhealthy?
Pack a re-useable canvas supermarket bag with a selection of healthy and unhealthy food stuffs. In small groups ask learners (in turn) to unpack the bag and put items in three piles: Healthy, Unhealthy, Don’t know. Ask each group to make a list of their results and display these in a prominent place. Have a class discussion about everyone’s lists and the aspects of healthy and unhealthy foods identified.
Count your steps!
Ask learners to count their steps in a single day (or provide step counters). Compare and contrast results – you could present the data mathematically, for example in a bar chart. Discuss whether your results are average or above or below average. What can you do to improve?
Hold an assembly for World Health Day – 7 April
Visit http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/resources/rrsa-teaching-resources/primary-school-assemblies/ for ideas. Scroll down for World Health Day.