This activity for primary pupils aims to encourage pupils to think about how to live healthily and gives speaking practice while working on adverbs of frequency.

It follows on from the CLIL PSHE: Healthy eating activity.

Aims

Content:

  • Healthy living

Language:

  • Lexis related to food and lifestyle
  • Grammar: adverbs of frequency and question forms ('How often...')
  • Skills: speaking

Preparation

Procedure

  1. Ask pupils what they know what a healthy lifestyle is. You may need to say this in L1 first.
  2. Ask pupils to brainstorm in groups things that are in a healthy lifestyle and an unhealthy lifestyle. You might want to help if pupils have difficulty. Here are some ideas:
    • Positive: 
      • exercise
      • sleeping enough
      • having a balanced diet - eating fruit/vegetables
      • relaxation
      • happiness
      • having friends
      • cleanliness
    • Negative:
      • drinking too much caffeine
      • having arguments
      • smoking
  3. Tell pupils that they are going to do a questionnaire about their lifestyle and give out the worksheet (optional - you might want pupils to write their own questionnaire here).
  4. There are three blank rows on the worksheet for pupils to write their own questions. You can either do this as a whole class or let pupils work on their own.
    • Some ideas are:
      • eat fried food
      • eat three meals a day
      • drink alcohol
      • drink enough water
      • add salt to food
  5. Pupils now work in pairs to ask and answer the questions, putting a tick in the correct box on the questionnaire.

Note that smoking has been included on the worksheet to raise awareness of the issue even though (hopefully) young pupils don't smoke.

Extension

Pupils can go on to collate the questionnaire results and draw a chart of the class' answers, for a cross-curricular link to maths. They could then go on to write about how to improve their lifestyle.

A fun extension activity is to use the questionnaire to calculate how long pupils might live - for the positive questions on the questionnaire give six years for 'never' up to ten years for 'always/regularly' and for the negative questions ten years for 'never' down to six years for 'always/regularly'. Tell pupils to add up the years - that is their life expectancy! However, this will only work if you add three more questions to the questionnaire.

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Chris Baldwin
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