This is a fictional letter written to parents which provides details about an upcoming Personal Development, Health and Physical Education unit of work that will be implemented in the classroom. This letter provides information about the content that will be covered, as well as providing links to resources that parents can access to develop their own knowledge within this topic. The letter also contains contact details to ensure that parents are able to direct their questions and concerns to the classroom teacher.
22 Barker Road
Strathfield NSW 2135
Tel: (02) 9742 8888
Fax: (02) 9742 8889
Miss Heide Cheng
Class teacher 6C
Dear Parents/ Caregivers of students in Stage 3,
Studies in Personal Development of Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) aim to encourage students to make informed choices and decisions related to leading a healthy lifestyle, encompassing social, mental, physical and spiritual health. This term students in 6C at Happy and Healthy Public School will be undertaking a unit of work titled: My body and how I take care of it, as part of their studies in PDHPE.
My body and how I take care of it aims to:
- Explore the functions and interrelationships of body systems
- The effects of nutrition and activity on the body
- Explore the multi faceted definition of the term, healthy
This topic is part of the strand Growth and Development found within the PDHPE Syllabus (Board of Studies New South Wales, 2006). The Growth and Development strand aims to develop student’s understanding of their physical, social, cognitive and emotional development. However, this topic will also involve the integration and teaching of other strands such as Personal Health Choices. This unit will also encourage students to examine the consequences of their lifestyle decisions and the effects that it may have on the individual and people surrounding them.
This unit of work will also focus on building essential skills, particularly communicating, decision making and problem solving. By the end of this unit, students will also develop decision making skills in making healthy personal and lifestyle choices, informed by the content covered within the lessons undertaken. Similarly students will be able to identify people who can assist them in looking after themselves and their body, through the development of appropriate problem-solving skills.
This unit of work has been designed to incorporate a range of Key Learning Areas, one of which is English. A range of different text types and literacy opportunities will be encountered; however the first stimulus text that will be used is Captain Fact: Human Body Adventure (Knife & Packer, 2005). This is a highly engaging novel which is suitable for a wide range of readers. It follows the information superhero through the human body, while trying to find the source of a virus. This novel is a fun way to engage students in thinking about the various body systems and the novel contains factual interludes concerning the body systems which Captain Fact encounters.
If you would like some more information about the topics that will be covered, the following websites may be of interest to you: http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/index.htm (Heart Foundation, 2008), http://kidshealth.org/parent/ (Nemours Foundation, 2008) are two websites which provide an insight into the content that students will experience throughout this unit of work. Positive Food for Kids by Jenny O’Dea is another useful text which talks the importance of positive nutritional habits for children and how this can be achieved.
If you have any further queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me through the school number as supplied above. I can also be contacted by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or if it is convenient for you, I may also be found in the classroom before or after school if you wish to enquire further regarding this unit of work.
Heide Cheng (Class teacher)