healthy lifestyles


Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important in making the best choices for your body and mind. It is our aim to embed the transferrable skills to live and sustain healthy living, through understanding the benefits to physical and mental health and how this can prevent chronic disease and long-term illnesses. Our curriculum prepares pupils for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills. We are committed to promoting the enjoyment of, and interest in a range of different topics which cover healthy eating, mental health and how to participate in physical activity safely and most effectively. In healthy lifestyles, our intention is to support to support creativity and cross curricular learning (linking with subjects such as cooking and science to teach pupils the significance of healthy eating and nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle) to develop pupils who are problem solvers and conscientious about the importance of their own health.

Aims for Key Stage 3

By the end of KS3 pupils should be able to: 

  • Understand a range of ways to exercise safely, respectfully, responsibly and effectively dependant on their long term aims.
  • Have a sound understanding of healthy eating and nutrition and the significance of these in contributing towards a healthy lifestyle.
  • Feel safe to take risks and understand that we learn from mistakes, promoting a growth mind-set   
  • Reason and apply their knowledge to solve problems 
  • Be resilient learners, especially when faced with problem solving



We make informed assessments based on our subject mapping of expectation across the Healthy Lifestyles curriculum. Attainment is recorded weekly in relation to pupils achieving their lesson objectives and their ability to demonstrate the knowledge and skills to evidence this.

Teaching and learning is consolidated further by a rigorous system of AFL being encompassed in all lessons. This facilitates a greater pupil involvement in the learning process allowing them to gain confidence, take risks and achieve a higher standard of learning. Pupils regularly self-assess to evaluate and improve their performance.

Cross curricular links: –

The Healthy Lifestyles curriculum takes full advantage of links with other subject areas, we make the most of these because deep learning requires the transference of knowledge and skills from one topic of learning to another. Once pupils can transfer their learning across topics and subject areas then they are mastering what they know and how to apply their understanding and skills. Healthy Lifestyles incorporates many other subjects such as PE, Cooking, English, Biology, ICT and PSCHE.

Pupils learn methods of analysis and evaluation that are widely applicable to other subject areas helping their thinking in all subjects. They develop an array of skills comprising of how to live a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and training effectively, how to use technology to improve performance and problem solve whilst instilling a resilience and self-confidence to persevere. Through developing these skills and qualities pupils will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding to overcome adversity and succeed.


  • Pupils receive one Healthy Lifestyles lesson per week, each lesson lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Big questions and lesson objectives are shared, explained and referred to throughout the lesson.
  • A variety of teaching and learning styles are used.
  • Lessons are differentiated to meet individuals’ needs.
  • Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners and think creatively to problem solve.

The Role of the subject leader

  • To take the lead in policy development.
  • To support colleagues.
  • To monitor progress in Healthy Lifestyles e.g. leading staff CPD, scrutiny of work, analysis of assessment and progress data.
  • To take responsibility for the choice, purchase and organisation of resources.
  • To be familiar with current thinking concerning the teaching of Healthy Lifestyles, and to disseminate to colleagues.

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