Health and wellbeing includes experiences and outcomes for personal and social development, understanding of health, physical education and physical activity, and contributions from home economics.
It also includes approaches and activities such as physical activity and nutrition, planned by pre-school settings, schools or colleges to promote the health and wellbeing of their learners and the wider community.
Children and young people need to experience what it feels like to develop, enjoy and live a healthy lifestyle.
They also need to learn ways of dealing with the many new and challenging situations they will experience throughout their lives.
A healthy lifestyle supports physical, social and emotional wellbeing, and underpins successful learning.
Concerns about the health, diet and activity levels of Scotland’s children and young people, social inclusion and inequalities in health emphasise the importance of a focus on health and wellbeing throughout education, starting in the early years.
Learning through health and wellbeing enables children and young people to:
- experience positive aspects of healthy living and activity for themselves
- develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, abilities and attitudes necessary for their physical, emotional and social wellbeing now and in their future lives
- make informed decisions in order to improve their physical, emotional and social wellbeing
- apply their physical, emotional and social skills to pursue a healthy lifestyle
- make a successful move to the next stage of education or work
- for some, open up opportunities to excel in sport or to pursue careers in health and leisure industries.
Health and Wellbeing in St. Timothy’s
Combining Social, Emotional and Physical well-being.
Learning in health and well-being ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge, understanding and skills which they need now and in the future. St Timothy’s Primary has a full programme of Health Education embedded in the curriculum.
The programme is divided into three parts and lessons are delivered from Primary 1 to Primary 7 on:
- Social Health
- Emotional Health
- Physical Health (PE)
In P.E, each class covers a programme of expressive movement, inventive movement and games skills, which is developed from the Early Stages through to Pr 7. During the school year weekly swimming sessions are arranged for Primary 5 and the children are encouraged to participate. School sports teams are encouraged e.g. football, volleyball, athletics and children who are interested are offered the opportunity to be involved. All classes receive 2 sessions of P.E. per week in line with the Scottish Executive Guidelines.