Impacts on us

SubjectHealth & Physical Education YearYear 8 CurriculumAC v8.4 Time290

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In this set of interconnected learning experiences students investigate and evaluate some of the ways the Australian Government uses tax to fund health, safety and wellbeing and how this can support adolescents who are going through change and transition. Students propose messaging that will engage young people in healthy behaviours.

Australian Curriculum or Syllabus

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 8, students evaluate strategies and resources to manage changes and transitions and investigate their impact on identities. Students evaluate the impact on wellbeing of relationships and valuing diversity. They analyse factors that influence emotional responses. They investigate strategies and practices that enhance their own, others’ and community health, safety and wellbeing. They investigate and apply movement concepts and select strategies to achieve movement and fitness outcomes. They examine the cultural and historical significance of physical activities and examine how connecting to the environment can enhance health and wellbeing.

Students apply personal and social skills to establish and maintain respectful relationships and promote safety, fair play and inclusivity. They demonstrate skills to make informed decisions, and propose and implement actions that promote their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing. Students demonstrate control and accuracy when performing specialised movement sequences and skills. They apply movement concepts and refine strategies to suit different movement situations. They apply the elements of movement to compose and perform movement sequences.

Content descriptions

Evaluate strategies to manage personal, physical and social changes that occur as they grow older (ACPPS071).

Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS073).

Plan and use health practices, behaviours and resources to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS077).

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Spread the word

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Health for us


Check it out

Suggested activity sequence

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Part A: Health for us

  1. Introduce the idea that the Australian Government uses tax to fund health, safety and wellbeing.
  2. Use a grouping strategy to organise students into pairs.
  3. Students work collaboratively to complete the health for us investigation.
  4. As a class, discuss:
    1. how each initiative impacts on young people and the examples they have used to illustrate this
    2. how services were prioritised and why.

Part B: Check it out

  1. Brainstorm health, safety and wellbeing programs funded by the Australian Government. Two specific examples include:
  2. Record ideas on the board.
  3. Use a grouping strategy to organise students into small groups.
  4. Students work collaboratively to complete the check it out investigation.

Part C: Spread the word

  1. Introduce the concept of interventions as they relate to health.

    Interventions are a combination of programs or strategies designed to change behaviour to improve the health of individuals or a whole population. Interventions include education programs, advertising campaigns, policies, levies and taxes and environmental changes such as landscaping or renovations.

  2. Use the visualiser to provide students with the instructions for the activity.
  3. Original pairs of students complete their advertisements and present them to the class.