Live Life Well @ School is a long-term program that aims to get more students, more active, more often, as well as focusing on healthy eating habits.
Schools in the Northern Sydney Local Health District that join Live Life Well @ School have access to a range of resources to support the implementation of the program. These include:
- access to a range of digital resources to support teaching and learning in PDHPE, specifically related to physical activity and nutrition education
- a set of 12 fundamental movement skills cards to facilitate teaching of these skills
- on-line learning modules to continue the learning back at school and share information with colleagues
- access to a range of free resources and programs, such as Live Outside the Box and Crunch & Sip®
- fact sheets for parents (translations available)
- access to dedicated support from Northern Sydney Health Promotion Officers (NSLHD) to assist with implementation of the school's Action Plan, staff in-service sessions, health initiatives and parent information
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Learning can be very tiring for kids so they need to take short breaks to be able to regulate their emotions, remain focused and learn. It is suggested children should take a break every 25-30 minutes.
Brain breaks are short (3-4 minute) movement breaks taken as a break during one activity or as you transition between activities.
This resource has been designed to help teachers embed brain breaks into each learning day to support the attention span of their students:
Use our newsletter snippets in your school newsletters for an easy way to provide information to families on healthy eating, physical activity and limiting screen time.
Check out our snippets:
Keeping Kids Active
Our Keeping Kids Active resource presents a range of outdoor activities for primary school age children. Children aged 5-12 years need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
The activities in this resource can be done in a safe outdoor area and adapted for different ages and spaces:
Schools are busy, unpredictable and complex environments, which can impact on the energy levels of teachers and school staff as they manage competing demands and constant change. This can impact oneing the mental health and wellbeing of staff, with a focus on self-care identified as animportant priority in school settings.
Check out our Staff Wellbeing Guide to help with restoring energy levels:
Implementing Sustainable Practices
The Implementing Sustainable Live Life Well @ School Practices Within Your School resource describes recommended Desirable Practices and outlines ways in which your school can or may be meeting the practice.
Resources to support these practices are available to teachers on the NSW Health website:
Fundamental Movement Skills
Fundamental Movement Skills in Action
This resource has been developed to support teachers in the explicit teaching of the12 fundamental movement skills.
These skills are essential for students to participate successfully in lifelong physical activity and sport.
The resource contains 144 teaching cards - 12 cards for each of the 12 fundamental movement skills. For each skill, the teaching cards are numbered from 1 (easiest) to 12 (hardest). Each card provides activities for one PE lesson.
Fundamental Movement Skills Resources
FMS Assessment Sheet
This resource is an easy to use tool for teachers to assess the 12 Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) of:
- static balance
- sprint run
- side gallop
- vertical jump
- overarm throw
- two hand strike
Teachers can use this electronic document to assess their student's movement skills as beginning, developing or well developed. It can also be used to see patterns across whole classes e.g. if a large number of students have beginning skills with overarm throw there would be value in spending time on this skill as a class. Student progress can also be tracked and lessons tailored to suit individual needs.
FMS Poster Templates
The [email protected] FMS Poster Templates have been designed to support the development of Fundamental Movement Skills in children. They can be used to personalise and record students FMS competence in class and across the school.
The posters consist of 12 templates and display the prompts to perform the skills correctly and spaces to insert photos of children performing these skills.
The resource can be used to suit a variety of learning outcomes:
- Use as a student pair/group assessment task
- Display around the classroom
- Share with other classes
- Include in the school e-newsletters etc.
- Get other teachers involved and attach their photos on the template tool.
Sample teaching and learning task: The following teaching and lesson task is an example of how the FMS Poster Templates could be used as a Stage 2/3 teaching and learning task.
(These resources were developed by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District)
A Healthy Start to School - Kindergarten Orientation
'A Healthy Start to School' PowerPoint template at your primary school's Kindergarten Orientation to help parents support students make a healthy start to school, such as packing a healthy lunch, understanding Crunch & Sip and more.
Schools can tailor the presentation to what happens at the school.
- School Canteen
- Crunch & Sip
- Other Programs
- Being Active
Download the presentation:
Supporting Information and parent handouts:
Teaching Ideas for PDHPE
Teaching Ideas for PDHPE resource provides links to engaging and student centred resources that support the teaching of Physical Activity, Nutrition, Screen Time and Energisers.
The NESA accredited workshops we have available for schools to use as part of their Professional Learning schedule includes ‘Practical PDHPE Teaching Ideas’, ‘Fundamental movement skills’, ‘Integrating Physical Activity into the Curriculum’ and a ‘Healthy Eating Workshop’.
Healthy Lunch Boxes
A healthy lunch box keeps kids active alert and focussed and them the nutrition they need everyday.
Coal Loader Garden Project
Health Resource for Primary Schools
This resource was written for teachers to be used within school and community garden projects. The resource provides five lesson plans on topics based on the Healthy Kids five key messages for a healthy lifestyle.
The resource can be used to:
- support the planting of fruit or vegetables or the development of a school garden
- support sustainability and environmental programs
- reinforce and support the curriculum teaching within PDHPE
- link into school Live Life Well at School Action Plans
- reinforce other programs in the school such as Crunch and Sip
School Kitchen Gardens
Starting a School Garden
Involving students in food/kitchen gardens has many academic, social, behavioural and environmental benefits. Check out our fact sheet for tips on getting started, sourcing materials, establishing the garden, curriculum & community, and maintenance.
Linking the Garden & Curriculum
A significant amount of learning can take place in the school kitchen garden. Check out our factsheet for tips and resources on linking your school garden to STEM, PDHPE, Wellbeing, Sustainability, Aboriginal Education, Student Voice/Leadership, and Technology and Data:
How Does your Garden grow?
The 'How does your garden grow?' resource from NSW Department of Education helps students (Years 1-4) learn about plants and how to start a class garden in their school.
Help Ravi and Miriam learn about getting organised, the seasons, what plants need to grow, type of plants to grow and planting a garden.
For more information visit:
How Does your Garden grow?
Kitchen Gardening for Sustainability and Wellbeing K-6
The Kitchen gardening for sustainability and wellbeing K-6 resource (from Department of Education) provides learning sequences for students to sustainability grow and produce healthy food at school.
This resource provides suggestions for students to learn skills and knowledge in growing and producing food at school from ‘paddock to plate’. Links to learning in PDHPE, English, Mathematics and other Science and Technology strands are identified.
Harvest Celebration - Non-Cook Ideas and Recipes for Using Your Harvest
This fact sheet may assist your school find easy, non-cook ideas and recipes to use up the harvest from your kitchen garden
Health Promoting Schools Calendar
Use our 2020 Health Promoting Schools Calendar to keep track of great events schools can get involved in during 2020. Click on an event you like to be taken to more online information and resources:
The 'Power Down' program encourages spending less time in front of the television, the computer and other small screens for recreation and more time being active.
Students learn about:
- Ways to be active
- How to have a balanced lifestyle
A range of student and teacher resources are available from the Hunter New England Local Health District's site:
www.goodforkids.nsw.gov.au (Power Down Resources)