Food and wellbeing: Health and Physical Education

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Health and Physical Education

Food and nutrition is one of the focus areas in the Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum and includes developing knowledge, understanding and skills that will support students to make healthier choices. Students learn about food and nutrition by exploring the influences on these choices and developing skills to access and assess nutritional information to support healthy choices. In HPE, students learn about different stages of life and take increasing responsibility for their own growth and development by exploring and learning how to manage the many factors that influence their identities. They also develop a practical understanding of how connections to friends, family, other people, culture and society influence what we eat and drink.

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Year 6

Personal, social and community health

Being healthy, safe and active

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Examine how identities are influenced by people and places (ACPPS051)

  • identifying how personal qualities contribute to identities and inform world views
  • exploring how personal and cultural identities change over time
  • investigating how personal and cultural identities are influenced by the groups and communities to which we belong and the places to which we feel connected

Investigate resources and strategies to manage changes and transitions associated with puberty (ACPPS052)

  • understanding that individuals experience changes associated with puberty at different times, with differing levels of intensity and with different responses
  • researching and identifying age-appropriate text and web-based resources to enhance understanding of changes associated with puberty
  • examining the range of products available to manage the physical changes associated with puberty

Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS053)

  • researching health information sources and places where they can seek help, and prioritising those that are reliable and trustworthy
  • applying criteria to online information to assess the credibility of the information and its relevance to peers
  • creating ways to share information about local services young people can access for help, such as a blog, app or advertisement

Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS054)

  • comparing product labels on food items or nutritional information in recipes and suggesting ways to improve the nutritional value of meals

Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing

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Practise skills to establish and manage relationships (ACPPS055)

  • exploring reasons why relationships may change, such as starting a new school, changing priorities or interests, family break-up, or joining a new sports team
  • assessing the impact of different relationships on personal health and wellbeing
  • proposing strategies for managing the changing nature of relationships, including dealing with bullying and harassment and building new friendships

Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships (ACPPS056)

  • exploring why emotional responses can be unpredictable

Recognise how media and important people in the community influence personal attitudes, beliefs, decisions and behaviours (ACPPS057)

  • examining how media and public identities influence the way people act and the choices they make
  • sharing how important people in their life influence them to act or behave in a healthy or safe way
  • analysing health messages in the media and comparing their interpretations with those of other members of the class

Contributing to healthy and active communities

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Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (ACPPS058)

  • investigating practices that help promote and maintain health and wellbeing, such as eating a diet reflecting The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, meeting
  • recommendations for daily physical activity and creating connections with others to enhance social health

Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community (ACPPS060)

  • exploring initiatives sporting and community groups use to counter discrimination and support the wellbeing of their communities
  • discussing how the actions of bystanders, friends and family can prevent and/or stop bullying and other forms of discrimination and harassment
  • proposing strategies to help others understand points of view that differ from their own and to encourage further discussion about individual and cultural similarities and differences in order to tackle racism
  • exploring and celebrating how cultures differ in behaviours, beliefs and values