Lesson 1: My healthy diary

Understanding and planning for a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity, rest and diet.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand and plan for a healthy lifestyle including physical activity, rest and diet

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

Mental wellbeing

  • Simple self-care techniques, including the importance of rest, time spent with friends and family and the benefits of hobbies and interests.

Physical and mental fitness 

  • The characteristics and mental and physical benefits of an active lifestyle
  • The importance of building regular exercise into daily and weekly routines and how to achieve this; for example walking or cycling to school, a daily active mile or other forms of regular, vigorous exercise.
  • The risks associated with an inactive lifestyle (including obesity).

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should sit near the board to use examples shared as a class.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to use a range of different foods and types of exercise in their healthy diaries.

Should describe the effects of different food groups on the body.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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