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Health/Physed Units

Celebrating and Thanking our Blood Donors

New Zealand Blood Service celebrates World Blood Donor Day on 14 June every year. In this uint we explore the major contribution (including students not yet old enough to give blood) that we can all make in encouraging new donors to give blood. The unit also has a major focus on thanking all our wonderful blood donors for giving the gift of life

AEROBICS IN TE REO.pdf : Subscription Only Download [108 KB]


A unit developed for the Maori Language Commission to enable teachers to develop the concept that Maori is a Living Language and should be used in every day contexts.This multi-level unit extends the concept to the Aerobic Sessions that are such a popular part of our school physed programmes.

Website supporting this unit.



Introductory unit where students focus on aquatic environments they enjoy and aquatic environments in the local area.

Website/video supporting this unit.

NZ's 10 Most Beautiful Aquatic Environments

BOAT SAFE 01.pdf : [453 KB]

Boating is an enjoyable and exciting activity but can be dangerous if we don't take care! This major teaching unit is designed for the junior school and includes a visual copymaster of boating equipment for young students to identify and learn about.

Videos supporting this unit.

Be Boatsafe for Kids

Lifejackets for Children

Websites/pdf supporting this unit.

Boating Safety for Kids

Boating With Kids

BOAT SAFE 02.pdf : [133 KB]

Boating Safety Equipment Copymaster to use in conjunction with the above unit.

BOOSTER SEATS.pdf : [152 KB]

Many road injuries and deaths could be prevented by the correct use of child restraints and booster seats. Many parents think that a child over 5 no longer needs a booster seat. By prematurely moving children to just seatbelts they are risking a child’s life. If a child is unable to pass the ‘5 step test’ described in this unit, they need to stay in a booster seat. The following health-based activities are designed to educate students and parents about the importance of and correct use of booster seats.

Additional Resources for this Unit

Safe Kids Booster Seat Video for Parents

Car Seat/Booster Seat Info for Students

CONTROL THAT SPEED.pdf : Subscription Only Download [109 KB]

CONTROL THAT SPEED – Always Be Able to Stop.

Students take part in many leisure pursuits that involve speed, eg skateboarding, rollerblading, running, cycling. Many of these activities are carried out on footpaths, near and on roads. Many of these places are not suitable for these activities. Students may have little understanding of reaction time between recognising a danger and the time it takes to stop safely. 

The following unit looks at many scenarios involving speed and safe stopping plus explores suitable protective equipment and venues for these activities. 

earthquake.pdf : [299 KB]


New Zealand experiences thousands of earthquakes every year. Most are either very deep or centred well offshore, causing little damage or injury. However, a severe earthquake can occur at any time with devastating effects. The Kaikoura 7.8M earthquake is yet another reminder of our need to be prepared.

Use this single page live-linked pdf of essential resources at school with students; school leaders; boards of trustees and for your local community and parents.

Make it available by downloading the pdf and placing it on your school/class website and/or facebook pages. It can also be printed out and sent home with school newsletters. More information and relevant links can also be found at:

What's the Plan, Stan is linked to the curriculum areas of Health & PE; Social Sciences; Science and English.

EARTHQUAKE SAFETY.pdf : Subscription Only Download [89 KB]

Do students know what to do in the event of an earthquake? In this unit, students learn about earthquakes and what to do to keep safe during an earthquake.


FIRST AID.pdf : Subscription Only Download [83 KB]


Multi-level activities where students relate everyday and holiday locations and the activities that they take part in in these places to the importance of taking preventative measures against injury and the importance of first aid. The three associated links (below) can be used for shared reading so students can learn simple first aid proceedures they can take in possible injury situations.

Websites supporting this unit.

Lesson Plans and Ideas

Teacher Planet First Aid Resources

First Aid Lesson Pack

First Aid Lessons and Activities

Teaching First Aid

How Jack Saved His Dad's Life (Video)



FOOD AND FITNESS #1.pdf : Subscription Only Download [121 KB]

Two major units designed to help overcome the increasing problem of obesity in many children which is often closely linked to a lack of regular moderate daily exercise. Put simply the problem can be stated as follows: - many children do not make healthy food choices and control their intake of food; - many children do not walk and exercise as much as they should.

Food and Fitness Action Plan is designed to turn the problem into two simple positive messages that young students can understand, implement and commit to: - healthy people eat the right amount of food and make healthy food choices; - healthy people have regular exercise every day.

Additional Resources to Support These Units

Fitness Resources For Kids

Over 40 websites on food and fitness chosen by students for students.

FOOD AND FITNESS #2.pdf : Subscription Only Download [117 KB]

Two major units designed to help overcome the increasing problem of obesity in many children which is often closely linked to a lack of regular moderate daily exercise. Put simply the problem can be stated as follows: - many children do not make healthy food choices and control their intake of food; - many children do not walk and exercise as much as they should.

Food and Fitness Action Plan is designed to turn the problem into two simple positive messages that young students can understand, implement and commit to: - healthy people eat the right amount of food and make healthy food choices; - healthy people have regular exercise every day.

FOOD PYRAMID.pdf : Subscription Only Download [216 KB]

Visual representation of the food pyramid and lists of foods for each section. Use in conjunction with Food and Fitness units.

Photosynthesis and Food Chain

FUN WITH FITNESS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [99 KB]

Regular fitness training has great health benefits but it must be fun and the students should 'own' the programme for it to be successful. In this unit we present dozens of activities to use as part of a successful and fun programme. It becomes more than fitness as the students turn it into an 'event'.





FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [91 KB]

Lesson plan to develop catching and throwing – both in pairs and as individuals. Ideas to develop pushing and pulling skills.

GARDEN FITNESS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [99 KB]

Health professionals tell us that gardening is really good for exercise and keeping us fit. Students explore this concept and then get gardening.

GARDEN FUN.pdf : Subscription Only Download [102 KB]

As well as exercise, we should encourage our students to just have some fun in gardens. A science/health based unit encouraging students to learn about, appreciate and just have fun in gardens.

GOING TO THE SNOW.pdf : Subscription Only Download [104 KB]

A visit to the snow is a wonderful experience for our students – but we must be prepared and know what the dangers can be, what we will expect and how we can prepare. Lots of student awareness raising activities for pre visit and practical fun on-the-snow activities.



HAND WASHING.pdf : Subscription Only Download [248 KB]

The Why, When and How of Hand Washing. 

Student activities focusing on an important health issue relating to the personal health and physical development section of the health and physed curriculum. Use the Free Download Hand Washing Rules pdf in conjunction with this unit.

Use the videos/websites listed below to get out FoodSmart messages including the 'why,when and how' to wash and dry our hands properly. Videos will open up on this website eliminating often unwanted YouTube comments.

Videos supporting this unit.






The 20/20 Rules of Handwashing. Use in conjunction with the Handwashing Teaching Unit. 

HAZARDS AT HOME.pdf : Subscription Only Download [131 KB]

About 10 young children drown (in the most surprising ways) around the home every year. The above unit and the five copymasters below deal with 4 different hazardous situations at home. Use copymaster 1 for this unit which gives a sample lesson to adapt to the further copymasters 2-4.

Hazards at Home 1.pdf : Subscription Only Download [565 KB]

Swimming Pool – Copymaster

Hazards at Home 2.pdf : Subscription Only Download [178 KB]

In the Bath – Copymaster

Hazards at Home 3.pdf : Subscription Only Download [668 KB]

Picnic by River – Copymaster

Hazards At Home 4.pdf : Subscription Only Download [487 KB]

Small Plastic Pool – Copymaster

HEALTHY SMILES.pdf : Subscription Only Download [97 KB]

An introduction to oral hygiene and dental health featuring discussion and activities.

Additional Resources for this Unit 

Looking After Your Teeth (Manchester University for Children)

HEATING AND HURTING.pdf : Subscription Only Download [101 KB]

If it can heat you, it can hurt you. This unit is based on an electrical safety theme with scenarios posed for discussion and positive action by students, eg 'what would you do if you were flying your kite and it became entangled in the power line'? Teaching points follow each scenario. Best suited for years 2-6.

Website to support this unit.



HOT DRINKS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [456 KB]

Useful teacher background pdf to introduce further ideas for discussion and planning further class activities.

KEEPING OURSELVES SAFE.pdf : Subscription Only Download [72 KB]

Students focus on signs at school and around the local district that mean danger or give us simple warnings to help us to keep safe.

KIWIDEX ACTIVITIES.pdf : Subscription Only Download [98 KB]

KiwiDex is part of the active student programme that is perfect for physed lessons. It promotes safe and fun daily exercise for young students. Use this unit as a concrete example of how to run a KiwiDex lesson for your students. Included is a link to the KiwiDex programme online for free download in pdf format.

LET'S NOT DROWN.pdf : Subscription Only Download [91 KB]

Finding out where and how many people (including children) drown in New Zealand every year. Finding ways that we can get safety around water messages out to other students and families.

LEVEL CROSSINGS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [121 KB]

Health-based activities using rail safety as a learning context encouraging students to identify associated risks, their causes, and develop safe practices to manage these. Educating and raising awareness about the risks associated with level crossings and the rail network.



LIFEJACKETS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [99 KB]


The following activities for years 1–4 are designed to develop safe boating ideas in your classroom. Unfortunately every year many people, including children loose their lives through not taking the easy and sensible step of wearing a lifejacket.

- boating is a popular activity enjoyed by thousands of Kiwis every year on our lakes, seas, and rivers

- there are many things we can do to help keep ourselves safe when we are boating and the most important of these is to always wear the correct lifejacket

- we can play an important part to get safety messages out to our friends and parents.

   Safe Boating Equipment pdf

Maritime NZ Recreational Boating Website

NUTTIENTS AND EXERCISE FOR HEALTH AND GROWTH.pdf : Subscription Only Download [363 KB]

A multi-level Health-based unit where students ask, explore and answer questions about what is necessary for their healthy development and apply these answers to their everyday lives. The focus is on necessary nutrients we gain from the food we eat including carbohydrates, energy, fats, fibre and a particular emphasis on protein. Students will also learn about the importance of regular exercise for health and growth and discover that not all foods are good for us (even though we may like them) as they don't provide our bodies with the nutrients we must have to stay healthy and to grow. 

Students will also discover why 'sitting in front of a screen' every day is not good for us and why regular exercise is so very important for health and growth. 

 9 Live Video links in the Unit.

Link to Daily Mile Video – Introductory link for Teachers & Students.

NZ ShakeOut.pdf : [213 KB]


In this major multi-level Health/Social Sciences based unit we:

Identify the risks posed by earthquakes and other hazards. 

Research and  put safe practices into action to manage these risks.

Understand how a major disaster could affect all families and the local community and that preparedness and co-operation will be needed to minimise its impact.

Understand the importance of co-operatively making a household emergency plan, what it includes, and the reasons for the inclusion of specific items and actions.

Understand why and how people take actions to minimise risk in their relationship with the environment.

PEOPLE WHO HELP US.pdf : Subscription Only Download [93 KB]

Safety management activities where students focus on the school traffic safety team to find out how they help us and how we can help them.

PERSONAL CHALLENGES.pdf : Subscription Only Download [135 KB]

Two health and environment based personal challenges for young students.

PREVENTING BURN INJURY.pdf : Subscription Only Download [87 KB]

Burns from hot liquids ( i.e. hot tea, coffee, and soups) result in over half the reported cases of severe burn hospital admissions among babies in New Zealand. Studies also show that burns from hot substances (liquids, surfaces, objects) cause three times the numbers of hospitalizations of children 0-14 years, compared to burns from fire and flame. This unit provides safety management activities for years 1-4

RIVER SAFE.pdf : Subscription Only Download [100 KB]

More New Zealanders of all ages are drowned in rivers every year than in any other aquatic environment. In this unit students investigate what we use rivers for and find out the safety precautions we can take to keep ourselves safe – while at the same time, enjoying our rivers.

SEE AND BE SEEN.pdf : Subscription Only Download [98 KB]

In this personal safety unit we help young students become aware of the dangers posed by traffic – especially the situations where it is difficult for others to see them – particularly motorists. Once students are aware of these dangers, we explore ways that they can minimise the risk. A cross curricular approach including science, maths, and the arts.

SURF SAFE.pdf : Subscription Only Download [84 KB]

Developing safety strategies when we visit the beach this summer.

SWIMMING BENEFITS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [85 KB]

An article for teachers to show how we can get the most benefit for ourselves and our students when teaching swimming and aquatic skills.

VERY VEGETABLE.pdf : Subscription Only Download [87 KB]


Health: Personal Growth and Development

Understanding the nutritional benefits of making vegetables a regular part of our diet. Key learning Area:  Food and Nutrition. Includes many fun cross curricula activities in the visual arts, dance, music, mathematics, English and science.