As a not for profit organisation, we felt it necessary to share our resources on Healthy Routines (hand washing & fighting germs & maintaining a healthy lifestyle) for all teachers, rather than keeping them locked away in our full Academy for our 150+ schools. Any teacher is now able to download the progressive resources in our free Academy, which include:
- EYFS lesson plan on washing their hands after a fun muddy activity outside (perfect in this weather – a great excuse to get outside and enjoy some fresh air!)
- Year 1&2 lesson plan on how germs spread, and how washing hands can prevent this spread (a creative task which is very practical)
- Year 3&4 lesson plan on wider healthy lifestyles, especially during the school holidays (or during self-isolation), helping children to understand that taking care of their wider health can contribute to improved immunity as well as washing their hands
- Year 5&6 lesson plan encouraging children to take responsibility for creating their own wider healthy lifestyle, with a method to plan a healthy week.
NB all lesson plans feature activity detail, and teacher knowledge to support your delivery. The four lessons above work on the basis of knowledge acquisition and skill development.
If you feel it appropriate, the lesson plans could be adapted and taught in every year group, eg:
Year 5&6 could be planting some healthy herbs (which they then use in a cooking lesson/at lunchtime), getting muddy in the process, and learn about washing hands thoroughly (taken from the EYFS & Yr1/2 lesson plans, but skilfully differentiated to be more age appropriate); they then move on to planning a wider healthy lifestyle for their own home context, suitable for the holidays (the Year 3/4 lesson plan). Finally, to embed their understanding of a healthy lifestyle and boosting their immune system, they plan a healthy routine which could prevent them catching a cold or flu (Year 5&6 lesson plans).
Preventing the Coronavirus spreading is not simply down to hand-washing. Boosting immune systems is paramount to maintaining good health in the long term, which is exactly what we need to teach our pupils. How can people go about doing this – with a healthy lifestyle that reduces stress on the body and boosts our defence systems…
- Hydrate well
- Boost micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) consumption by eating more fresh fruit and vegetables
- Move your body
- Sleep well
- Get outside in the fresh air, close to nature
- Boost flexibility and mobility with stretching & yoga
- Relax and restore – have a bath, practise mindfulness, use breathing activities
- Talk about your feelings to someone you trust
- Keeping clothes clean
- Get creative
If you need more lesson plans for these aspects of a healthy lifestyle (hydration, movement, sleep, getting outdoors, flexibility & mobility, breathing practices, nutrition), they sit in our full Academy – browse them here
Moving from hand-washing to wider healthy lifestyle education offers a progressive knowledge and skills based approach to the prevention of germs spreading and maintaining good health. You’ll notice from the list above that holistic health (for us: movement, nutrition, mindset & lifestyle) is about thinking of ourselves as both mental and physical beings, and protecting just one aspect of our health (eg hand washing) doesn’t guarantee good health in the widest sense.
You will find additional resources in the free Academy:
- A sample of our scheme of work, including four other lesson plans on Fundamental Movement Skills; Macronutrients (Carbohydrates, Proteins & Fats); Hydration and Dealing with Stress)
- Health Homework for KS2
- A School Health Check for Subject Leaders