Health and Physical Education / Year 7 and 8 / Personal, social and community health / Making healthy and safe choices

Curriculum content descriptions

plan and implement strategies, using health resources, to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, relationships and wellbeing (AC9HP8P10)

  • proposing and implementing actions and behaviours that promote safe participation in physical activities, and evaluating the impact participation can have on their own and others’ mood and mental wellbeing
  • investigating food-serving recommendations from The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and producing a guide to help students make healthy choices when buying food from the school canteen
  • researching a variety of snack and lunch options, and evaluating nutritional value, value for money and sustainability to create a weekly menu plan; considering the benefits of eating locally grown, chemical-free produce to support personal health benefits, reduce food miles and support local producers
  • investigating how First Nations Australians have developed complete diets that meet nutritional requirements, and used and continue to use food for medicinal purposes
  • examining how different cultures value the contribution of the mind–body–spirit connection to health and wellbeing; for example, Dadirri – the Aboriginal meditative practice of deep listening developed and shared by First Nations Australians of the Daly River region, and yoga and meditation practices from the Asia region
  • investigating preventive health practices relevant to young people, and designing and implementing health promotion activities targeting these practices
  • investigating tools and designing routines that help to regulate the use of digital environments and tools and ensure a healthy pattern of use, such as using “do not disturb” mode or turning off notifications
  • investigating different approaches and developing personal plans for promoting their own positive mental health and wellbeing, such as mindfulness, relaxation techniques and healthy eating
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Wellbeing,  Health promotion,  Safety,  Social relations


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