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Lesson 2: Keeping Active

Welcome to Lesson Plan 2: Physical Health, designed to help pupils identify the role of specific nutrients in relation to activity, growth and development – in particular bone growth. It will also help increase awareness of the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Download the lesson plan below, and don’t forget to check out our fun card game that accompanies this lesson in the ‘Resources’ tab.

LESSON PLAN: Infants
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OBJECTIVE

To develop pupils’ awareness of the importance of physical activity to their health.

Duration: 30 minutes (approximately).

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WORDS OF THE DAY

Dairy: Milk and food made from milk, such as cheese and yogurt.
Bones: Our bones make up our skeleton.
Muscles: Muscles cover our bones and help us to move.
Calcium: Calcium is important for our growth. It helps to keep our muscles, bones and teeth healthy. Milk, yogurt and cheese are sources of calcium.

CLASSROOM DISCUSSION

Begin by asking pupils to recall how dairy contributes to maintaining a healthy diet from Lesson 1 (Dairy in my Diet).

Inform pupils that:

  • Physical activity is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • An active lifestyle* is important for healthy bones and muscles.
  • Particular exercises (‘weight-bearing’ exercises) are important for helping to keep bones healthy.

*Inform pupils that it is recommended that children and young people (aged 2–18 years) should be active for at least 1 hour every day.

https://www.healthpromotion.ie/hp-fi les/docs/HPM00835.pdf

Now ask pupils to think about ways in which we can help to look after our bones. Discuss the following points:

  • Our bones grow and get stronger during childhood, so it is important to look after them. We can help build strong and healthy bones by eating the right foods and by being active.
  • Calcium is important for the growth of our bones. Milk, yogurt and cheese are great sources of calcium.
  • Three servings a day are recommended from the ‘milk, yogurt and cheese’ food group for children aged 5–8 years.
  • A serving includes a 200ml glass of milk, a 125g pot of yogurt, or a 25g piece of hard cheese, e.g. Cheddar cheese. If possible, show the pupils an example of each measurement of food.
  • Vitamin D is also very important for bone health.

Activity

Group Activity

Explain that exercises which put all your weight on your feet and legs, like jumping and running, are good for your bones. Ask your pupils in groups to think of, and draw, examples of these types of exercises. Ask each group to share their ideas with the class.

Class Activity

As a class, ask pupils to think of ways in which they can enjoy being active every day and create a class poster.

We can…

  • Walk / cycle to school (or part of the way).
  • Play games outside with our friends.
  • Create new outdoor games with our friends.
  • Take part in after-school activities.
  • Agree a time limit for ‘screen time’ (TV, computer, phone, tablet etc.) with Mum / Dad / adult at home.
  • Check our school is signed up for the Active School Flag – www.activeschoolfl ag.ie.

Remind your pupils that most of their time in school is spent sitting at a desk, so it’s important to get up and stretch their muscles when they can!

Encourage pupils to make the connection between food and energy needs. Explain that they need to eat to help them to be active during the day.

Extension Activities

  1. In the hall or playground, set up a circuit of simple and fun weight-bearing exercises (running on the spot, jumping jacks, skipping etc.) and ask pupils to do each exercise for 30 seconds. Explain to your pupils how these simple and fun exercises can be done quickly and easily anywhere by almost everyone.

  2. Ask pupils to draw a picture of themselves doing their favourite weight-bearing exercise.


Bring It Home

Encourage your pupils to take home the message of the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. As a homework activity, you can ask your pupils to:

  1. Organise a family walk.
  2. Walk their own dog or a neighbour’s dog (with an adult).
  3. Play a team sport with their family.
LESSON PLAN: Juniors
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OBJECTIVE

To develop pupils’ awareness of the importance of physical activity to their health.

Duration: 30 minutes (approximately).

CURRICULAR LINKS

WORDS OF THE DAY

Dairy: Milk and products made from milk, such as cheese and yogurt.
Bones: Hard tissue in our body which makes up the human skeleton.
Weight Bearing Exercise: Any exercise which puts the full weight of our body on our feet and legs, for example, running, skipping and most team sports.
Calcium: A mineral (a type of nutrient) which is important for our growth. It helps our muscles and bones to develop and is important for our teeth. Milk, yogurt and cheese are sources of calcium.

CLASSROOM DISCUSSION

Group Discussion

Begin by asking pupils in groups to recall from Lesson 1 (Dairy in my Diet) how dairy contributes to maintaining a healthy diet. Ask groups to share with the class. Inform pupils that physical activity is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Then ask pupils in groups to think and talk about ways in which keeping active is important for our bodies.

Prompts for discussion

  • An active lifestyle* is important for healthy bones and muscles.
  • Keeping active is important for maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • ‘Weight-bearing’ exercises are important for helping to keep bones healthy.

*Inform pupils that it is recommended that children and young people (aged 2–18 years) should be active for at least 60 minutes every day (at a moderate to vigorous level) and should include muscle-strengthening, flexibility and bone-strengthening exercises three times per week.

https://www.healthpromotion.ie/hp-fi les/docs/HPM00835.pdf

Class Discussion

Now ask pupils to think about ways in which we can look after our bones. Discuss the following points:

  • Our bones grow and get stronger during childhood, so it is important to look after them.
  • We can help build strong and healthy bones by eating the right foods and by being active.
  • Calcium is important for the growth of our bones. Milk, yogurt and cheese are great sources of calcium.
  • The ‘milk, yogurt and cheese’ food group can be easily enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. Three servings daily are recommended for children aged 5–8 years. Those aged 9–18 years are recommended to have five servings each day.
  • A serving includes a 200ml glass of milk, a 125g pot of yogurt, or a 25g piece of hard cheese, e.g. Cheddar cheese.
  • Vitamin D is also very important for bone health.

Activity

Pair Activity

Explain that weight-bearing exercises are any exercises which put all your weight on your feet and legs, for example, running, dancing, skipping and football. Ask your pupils in pairs to discuss and write / draw:

  1. A list of more weight-bearing activities.
  2. A list of ways in which they can enjoy being active, for example:
    I can…
    – Walk / cycle to school (or part of the way).
    – Play games outside with friends.
    – Create new outdoor games with my friends.
    – Take part in after-school activities.
    – Agree a time limit for ‘screen time’ (TV, computer, phone, tablet etc.) with Mum / Dad / adult at home.
    Check my school is signed up for the Active School Flag – www.activeschoolflag.ie

Discuss

Remind your pupils that most of their time in school is spent sitting at a desk, so it’s important to get up and stretch their muscles when they can!

Encourage pupils to make the connection between food and energy needs. Explain that they need to eat to help them to be active during the day.

Group Activity

In small groups, ask pupils to design a game based around weight-bearing exercises which are good for their bone health (running, skipping, jumping, ball-games).

For example – design their own hopscotch, invent a new skipping game, create a game which combines jumping and throwing etc.

Extension Activities

  1. Ask groups to teach the new game that they have created to their classmates.
  2. Hold a class sports day using the pupils’ own games as part of the activities.
  3. Do a History project about traditional schoolyard weight-bearing games and display in the school.

Bring It Home

Encourage your pupils to take home the message of the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. As a homework activity, you can ask your pupils to:

  1. Organise a family walk.
  2. Walk their own dog or a neighbour’s dog (with an adult).
  3. Play a team sport with their family.
  4. Keep a physical activity diary, recording the activities that they and their family do each week.
LESSON PLAN: Seniors
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OBJECTIVE

To develop pupils’ awareness of the importance of physical activity to their health.

Duration: 30 minutes (approximately).

CURRICULAR LINKS

WORDS OF THE DAY

Dairy: Milk and products made from milk, such as cheese and yoghurt
Bones: A living tissue which makes up our skeleton.
Weight Bearing Exercise: Any exercise which puts the full weight of our body on our feet and legs, for example, running, skipping and most team sports.
Calcium: A mineral which helps in the growth, development and maintenance of our bones. Milk, yogurt and cheese are sources of calcium.

CLASSROOM DISCUSSION

Pair Discussion

  1. Begin by asking pupils as a class to recall how dairy contributes to maintaining a healthy diet from Lesson 1 (Dairy in my Diet). Inform pupils that physical activity is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Ask pupils to think about ways in which keeping active is important for our bodies. Ask them in pairs to share their ideas with one another and then to share with the class. Write a list of pupils’ key discussion points on the board.

Prompts for discussion:

  • An active lifestyle* is important for healthy bones and muscles.
  • Keeping active is important for maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • ‘Weight-bearing’ exercises are important for helping to keep bones healthy.

*Inform pupils that it is recommended that children and young people (aged 2–18 years) should be active for at least 60 minutes every day (at a moderate to vigorous level) and should include muscle-strengthening, flexibility and bone-strengthening exercises three times per week.

https://www.healthpromotion.ie/hp-fifi les/docs/HPM00835.pdf

Class Discussion

Now ask pupils to think about ways in which we can look after our bones. Discuss the following points:

  • Our bones grow and get stronger during childhood, so it is important to look after them. We can help build strong and healthy bones by eating the right foods and by being active.

  • Calcium is important for the growth and development of our bones. Milk, yogurt and cheese are great sources of calcium. However, many Irish children are not getting enough calcium in their diets.

  • The ‘milk, yogurt and cheese’ food group can be easily enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. Three servings daily are recommended for children aged 5–8 years. Those aged 9–18 years are recommended to have five servings each day.

  • A serving includes a 200ml glass of milk, a 125g pot of yogurt, or a 25g piece of hard cheese, e.g. Cheddar cheese.

  • Phosphorus and protein also play important roles in bone health. Milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources of these nutrients.

  • Vitamin D is also very important for bone health. Vitamin D can be found in oily fi sh (such as salmon, mackerel and sardines), eggs and vitamin D-fortified dairy products.


Activity

Pair Activity

Explain that weight-bearing exercises are any exercises which put all your weight on your feet and legs, for example, running, dancing, skipping and football. Ask your pupils in pairs to discuss and write:

  1. A list of more weight-bearing activities.
  2. A list of ways in which they can enjoy being active, for example:
  • Walking or cycling to school, or part of the way, where possible.

  • Playing outside with friends.

  • Taking part in after-school activities.

  • Agreeing a time limit for ‘screen time’ (TV, computer, phone, tablet etc.) and sticking with it.

  • Ensuring your school is signed up for the Active School Flag – www.activeschoolflag.ie

Discuss

Remind your pupils that most of their time in school is spent sitting at a desk, so it is important to get up and stretch their muscles when they can!

Encourage pupils to make the connection between food and energy needs. Explain that they need to eat to help them to be active during the day.

Group Activity

In small groups, ask pupils to design a game based around weight-bearing exercises which are good for their bone health (running, skipping, jumping, ball-games).

For example – design their own hopscotch, invent a new skipping game, create a game which combines jumping and throwing etc.

Extension Activities

  1. Ask groups to teach the new game that they have created to their classmates.
  2. Hold a class sports day using the pupils’ own games as part of the activities.
  3. Do a history project about traditional schoolyard weight-bearing games and display in the school.

Bring It Home

Encourage your pupils to take home the message of the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. As a homework activity, you can ask your pupils to:

  1. Organise a family walk.
  2. Walk their own dog or a neighbour’s dog (with an adult).
  3. Play a team sport with their family.
  4. Keep a physical activity diary, recording the activities that they and their family do each week.
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