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Healthy bodies, healthy minds


Looking after your physical and mental health.

This topic explores how to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. It explores ways to maintain wellbeing and prevent illness, how to develop a healthy, balanced lifestyle and the consequences and effects of different habits and choices. It encourages the development of positive self-worth and recognition, what might affect or influence unhealthy ways of thinking, and how to overcome this.

Each year group has a starter video, followed by three lessons. A lesson contains a lesson plan, presentation and worksheet(s) for classroom activities. Download the progression grid »

Year 1: Amazing bodies

  • My amazing body
  • Private body parts
  • Looking after our bodies

Year 2: Staying safe and healthy

  • Healthy feelings
  • Staying safe at home
  • Feeling poorly

Year 3: Sleep, food and hygiene

  • The power of sleep
  • Making healthy food choices
  • Germs!

Year 4: Influences and personal choices

  • Healthy influences
  • Making healthy choices
  • Dealing with feelings

Year 5: Valuing our bodies and minds

  • Valuing ourselves
  • Alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Virus, bacteria and immunisation

Year 6: Being the best me

  • Being the best me
  • Social media safety
  • Mental health

Lessons are designed to take approximately 30 minutes to one hour of teaching time, but teachers can extend or develop learning across more lessons if this is appropriate. It is recommended that schools timetable at least one lesson a week for each year group.

Being the best me, Year 6 video sample.
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