Change can be hard, but not changing can be even harder the longer we allow things to stay not quite how we’d like them to be. Everyone is capable of improving themselves, whether building on strengths, mitigating weaknesses, or developing an entirely new aspect of ourselves.
This lesson provides students with significant scaffolding to enable them to identify and set goals and to plan and stick to a routine that works towards the achievement of these goals. Students will also compare and contrast positive and negative mindsets, and explore how they can adjust their inner voice to overcome demotivating talk. They will come to understand that change doesn’t happen all at once; but with perseverance and a clear strategy of gradual improvement, change can and will happen eventually.
The health and fitness-related tasks undertaken throughout the Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge lessons are gamified, providing incentivised learning opportunities and allowing for some personalisation. Therefore, we recommend students complete the full Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge unit to benefit from the full experience, completing this lesson first.
- critically evaluate aspects of their life they may wish to change
- explore goal-setting strategies
- practise persistence in pursuit of a goal
- identify negative mindsets they may possess
- explore positive self-talk they can use to counter this negativity.
- identify areas of improvement in their lives
- set achievable goals
- identify and practise strategies which help them achieve these goals
- identify and plan how to overcome potential negative impacts on their motivation.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education:
- Explore how success, challenge and failure strengthen identities (ACPPS033)
- Explore strategies to manage physical, social and emotional change (ACPPS034)
- Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036)
Year 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education:
- Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS054)
Syllabus outcomes: GDS2.9, PHS2.12, PHS2.12, SLS2.13, SLS2.13
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability
Relevant parts of Years 3 & 4 achievement standards:
Students recognise strategies for managing change. They understand the benefits of being healthy and physically active.
Relevant parts of Years 5 & 6 achievement standards:
Students describe the key features of health-related fitness and the significance of physical activity participation to health and wellbeing.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge – HPE – Years 3-6
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – students work independently
- Art supplies – coloured pencils
- Banner Template – one copy per student
- Device capable of creating audiovisual recordings, such as an iPad or camera
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Future Self Letter Template – one copy per student (optional)
- Routine and Habit Changer Planner – one copy per student
- Routine and Habit Changer Schedule (Years 3 & 4) – one copy per student
- Routine and Habit Changer Schedule (Years 5 & 6) – one copy per student
- Student Worksheet – one copy per student
- Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge Tokens (from Lesson 1)
- Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge Game Plan (from Lesson 1 or 2)
- Volkswagen Footy Fit Challenge Scoring Framework
- Volkswagen Footy Fit Stadium Scoreboard (from Lesson 1)
- White paper – one piece per student
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving