Support materials

The learning and teaching activities provided within this section are optional support materials for the implementation of Life Ready. Materials should be reviewed in full and endorsed by the school principal before use.

Life Ready focuses on encouraging students to think critically, solve problems and make informed decisions related to independence, health, safety and wellbeing.  Promote student learning by:

Teaching and learning materials

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Everyone who (DOCX 49KB)

(15 minutes)

This activity is designed as an icebreaker and an opportunity for students to get to know each other and build a comfortable, safe and supportive environment. As students’ level of comfort increases, students will be more willing to share.

Financial literacy: budgeting and saving money (DOCX 44.82KB)

(120minutes)

Students will recognise their current spending habits and what influences their spending. They will develop a budget to allow for necessary spending and saving. Students recognise simple saving strategies and use goal setting and financial literacy skills to create a savings plan for a future event.

Financial literacy: further study (43.54KB)

(60 minutes)

This activity supports students to identify financial services who can assist them with they engage in further study.

Financial literacy: moving out (DOCX 43.07KB)

(40 minutes)

Students will identify the various costs associated with moving out to live independently. They will recognise which costs are ongoing and which are one off costs. Students are encouraged to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of living at home versus living independently. They will recognise where to seek assistance when moving out or living independently

Financial literacy: owning a car (DOCX 42.06KB)

(30 minutes)

Students will identify the costs associated with purchasing and owning a car.

Financial literacy: owning a phone (DOCX 41.77KB)

(30 minutes)

Students will identify the costs associated with purchasing and owning a phone.

Identifying strengths, skills and strategies (DOCX 55.01KB)

(40 minutes)

This activity will assist students to identify their strengths and skills and to recognise when it would be appropriate to use each skill or strategy. Students will have the opportunity to assess their personal strengths and identify ways to enhance their ability to apply these skills and strategies.

Influences on body image (DOCX 51.19KB)

(50 minutes)

Students will identify the effects of social influences on body image, gender roles and sexuality. Students will clarify personal values and challenge negative perceptions and portrayals of body image in media and community.

Planning goals (DOCX 45.92KB)

(75 minutes)

The aim of this activity is to empower student to be aspirational and use the SMART technique to plan, track and modify goals.

Values, citizenship and voting (DOCX 46.59KB)

(3 x 60 minutes)

Through these activities, students will recognise the importance of Australia’s core values in personal behaviour and civic action and identify rights and responsibilities of citizens. Students will assess the importance of voting, demonstrate solutions to issues as part of a plan for action and present ideas and viewpoints and use terms and concepts reflective of citizenship or civic action.

Volunteering (DOCX 47.49KB)

(4 x 20 minutes)

Through this sequence of activities, students will recognise the benefits to the individual and wider community from volunteering and community service. Students will develop skills including communication, agency and teamwork to empower their active participation in their community. They will identify opportunities for volunteering or community service, including at school and in the wider community, as an individual or collectively with peers/others.

Acknowledging achievements and successes (DOCX 48.88KB)

(60 minutes)

Encourages students to recognise the characteristics of resilience and reflect on these characteristics in relation to their own resilience.

Acknowledging controllable factors and empathy (DOCX 475.42KB)

(60 minutes)

Students recognise the controllable factors for resilience and how they impact on our optimism and outlook. Reflects on student’s own levels of empathy and evaluate how they demonstrate empathy for others in different situations.

A purposeful and meaningful life (DOCX 45.44KB)

(45 minutes)

Through this activity, students will develop a holistic view of health, accounting for the interrelationship between the aspects of health. Students reflect on what makes their own life meaningful and propose what a meaningful life will look like in the future.

Emotional awareness and self-regulation (DOCX 160.93KB)

(60 minutes)

Students recognise their own emotional responses to situations and develop skills to experience emotions and self-regulate.

Engagement and accomplishment (DOCX 110.16KB)

(30 minutes)

Students develop their own definitions and understandings of engagement and accomplishment. They reflect on their own accomplishments and identify their strengths and relate to how they can use these for future accomplishment.

Importance of sleep and benefits of physical activity (DOCX 43.82KB)

(45 minutes)

Through this activity, student will recognise the importance of sleep and physical activity for positive wellbeing. Students reflect on their own habits and plan for modifications to improve sleep patterns. Students have the opportunity to participate in a mindfulness session and reflect on their own response to mindfulness.

Juggling and time management (DOCX  82.38KB)

(45 minutes)

Through this activity, students will reflect on their work, school and life balance and plan goals to create work, school and life balance.

Mindfulness and mood regulation (DOCX 43.21KB)

(30 minutes)

Through this activity, students will develop their understanding of mental fitness and participate in a mindfulness session.

Optimism (DOCX 44.86KB)

(60 minutes)

Students will recognise the benefits of optimism on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and build skills for optimistic thinking.

Overcoming adversity and accepting support (DOCX 109.36MB)

(60 minutes)

Students will recognise ways to overcome adversity and manage complex situations, including the use of gratitude and mindfulness. Students will build capacity to support others to seek help.

Planning for the future (DOCX 52.53KB)

(25 minutes)

This activity is designed to assist students to reflect on the meaning and purpose in their lives, and to set goals that reflect this. Students are encouraged to think more broadly than just educational and career goals, and also plan for goals related to their health, wellbeing and personal aspects of their lives. Rather than focus on what they want to be when they leave school, this activity will give students the opportunity to think about who they want to be.

Self-confidence and positive self-talk (DOCX 43.75KB)

(45 minutes)

Through this activity, students will develop their ability to use positive self-talk and regulate thoughts to build self-confidence.

Stress management (DOCX 48.75MB)

(60 minutes)

Through this activity, students will participate in stress management activities, including mindfulness to evaluate the suitability of each technique.

Support for self and others (DOCX 46.02MB)

(60 minutes)

Through this activity, student identify signs which indicate someone needs support and recognise strategies for promoting positive emotional and physical wellbeing. Students will apply skills to access support for self or others.

Supporting others (DOCX 47.32MB)

(60 minutes)

Through this activity, students will explore the benefits of gratitude and empathy on individual and community wellbeing.

The power of ‘yet’ for success (DOCX 45.06KB)

(45 minutes)

Through this activity, students identify their personal strengths and reflect on times when they have used their strengths for positive outcomes. They learn to reframe their thoughts and language using the term ‘yet’ to switch from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

Using strengths and support for setting and achieving goals (DOCX 62.16KB)

(60 minutes)

Through this activity, students map their character strengths to their goals to plan for achievement. They identify and evaluate people and places who can support their achievement of goals.

A stitch in time (DOCX 742.27 KB)

(50 minutes)

This activity aims to explore the issues surrounding violence as a choice. Students investigate how and when people can intervene in situations and the consequences of their actions.

Being me (DOCX 50.09KB)

(45 minutes)

Students explore how views about appropriate male and female behaviour have changed over time. It also provides opportunities to explore changing community attitudes to how male and females are expected to behave. The activity allows for students to connect issues of gender to different positions of power central to adolescent behaviour and relationships.

Stairs to inclusivity (DOCX 384.61KB)

(45 minutes)

This activity encourages students to consider and reflect on where certain attitudes, behaviours or actions, including language, fit on a sliding scale and the impact this can have on self and others.

The boss of me (DOCX 62.96KB)

(60 minutes)

Students explore the difference between anger, assertiveness and aggression. Students learn to recognise the signs and indicators of aggression and anger and develop strategies to calm the anger. Students develop the skills to take an assertive stance in different situations.

What do we need in life? (DOCX 154.94KB)

(60 minutes)

This activity leads students to analyse their needs in life, arrange them in a hierarchy of what needs need to be met first, before others.

Where do you stand on violence? (DOCX 61.45KB)

(40 minutes)

This activity aims to debunk myths surrounding violence. Students take a position on statements to reflect on their own values, attitudes and behaviours and where they stand in relation to the position of others.

Why violence? (DOCX 61.78KB)

(60 minutes)

This activity looks at the different ideologies behind acts of violence, leading students to critically analyse whether ideologies lead people to act violently. Students will analyse some of the motivations for violence.

Responsibilities in a sexual relationship: Contact tracing (DOCX 58.39 KB)

(60 minutes)

Through this activity, students explore the concept of contact tracing and their rights and responsibilities in regard to sexual health.

Stepping out to access health services  (DOCX 58.29 KB)

(45 minutes)

This activity encourages young people to think about the enabling factors for accessing health care for all young people.

What if? (DOCX 49.29 KB)

(45 minutes)

Through this activity, students will examine ethical decision-making and sex positive messages. They will recognise the ways images are interpreted and determine their own position on these images based on values and beliefs. Students will reflect on how portrayals in explicit imagery and media differ from personal values and beliefs. They will make respectful decisions regarding relationships and sexual behaviour.

Young people, technology and sexuality (DOCX 56.97KB)

(45 minutes)

Through this activity, students explore the appropriateness of materials and the role of technology as a medium for its distribution.

A call to action (DOCX 52.82 KB)

(50 minutes)

Activities require students to recognise an emergency, and analyse the effectiveness of a number of strategies that might be used to manage drug and alcohol related emergencies.

Alcohol and violence: What would you do? (DOCX 51.28 KB)

(50 minutes)

Students respond to case studies, identify specific skills and strategies to resolve the case studies. Students then perform a role play demonstrating their approach.

Applying strengths and skills (DOCX 53.73 KB)

(50 minutes)

Students apply strengths, skills and strategies to plan for how to manage complex and challenging real-life situations, such as someone offering them drugs, an aggressive situation at a party or refusing a lift from a designated driver who has been drinking.

Impact of drug use on future (DOCX 49.53 KB)

(20 minutes)

This activity invites students to reflect on their goals and future directions, and assess the impact that decisions about drugs and alcohol will have on their ability to achieve goals and fulfil potential. It should be noted that many young people will not use drugs and alcohol

King or coward (DOCX 63.03 KB)

(70 minutes)

Through this activity, students will clarify personal values and attitudes towards alcohol related violence. They challenge socially acceptable behaviours and peer expectations in relation to alcohol related violence. Students identify ways in which they can protect themselves and others from aggression and violence.

Levels of use (DOCX 49.8 KB)

(40 minutes)

This activity provides students with the opportunity to review current statistics about the levels of drug use across Australia. Students explore reasons for the difference between perceived and actual levels of use amongst young people, and analyse the role of peers and the media in the perpetuation of this myth.

Myths and facts (DOCX 51.83 KB)

(15 minutes)

This activity is designed as an introduction to the drugs and alcohol learning context. It provides teachers with the opportunity to assess the level of knowledge and understanding of students. The activity offers students the opportunity to ask questions about different drugs. It can also assist teachers and students to identify areas of interest or need which can be covered in future sessions on drugs and alcohol.

Online and device based gambling (DOCX 182.31 KB)

(60 minutes)

Explores how gambling has evolved and changed with the adoption of online gambling and smart phone apps. Empowers students to recognise that gambling is not a game and being good at gaming does not mean you will be good at gambling.

Schoolies week (DOCX 48.09 KB)

(40 minutes)

This activity is designed to assist students who are planning to travel to locations which hold large end of school celebrations for Year 12 school leavers. Through this activity, students will reflect on preparing for safe celebrations and safe partying information and plan for strategies to reduce harm in drug and alcohol related situations.

Seeking help: gambling (DOCX 53.8 KB)

(30 minutes)

This activity aims to empowers students to recognise when help is needed for themselves or others and which services support people experiencing gambling problems or addictions.

Some truths about gambling (DOCX 54.11 KB)

(65 minutes)

This activity aims to debunk myths and misconceptions associated with gambling, and build students understanding of the costs of gambling and the impact of alcohol use on gambling.

Sports betting and gambling (DOCX 55.43 KB)

(65 minutes)

This activity aims to deconstruct advertising, recognise the proliferation of sports advertising and support students to develop plan for personal safety.

What is a good night out? (DOCX 50.58 KB)

(30 minutes)

Through these activities, students will discuss situations where they will make decisions about alcohol and other drugs. They will propose how to have a good time, celebrate and socialise with others. Students will be offered opportunities to challenge peer expectations about the role of alcohol and other drugs in social settings.

Counting the cost (DOCX 52 KB)

(60 minutes)

Students explore, understand and appreciate the effects that road trauma can have on individuals and communities.

Reducing road user distraction (DOCX 49.24 KB)

(60 minutes)

This activity challenges students to consider the importance of minimising and eliminating distractions as a road user, and the ways in which they can protect themselves and others from harm.

Travelling safely locally and overseas (DOCX 48.6 KB)

(60 minutes)

Students consider the appeal and risks of ‘schoolies’ trips and third world travel, followed by presenting students with unsafe scenarios requiring negotiation and refusal skills.

Considerations when selecting resources

The department does not mandate teaching and learning materials, resources or programs.

Principals and teachers are empowered to make these decisions at a local level. These decisions are made based on student needs and community context and resources. Below are some considerations when selecting resources and teaching and learning materials.

  • Preview and evaluate all strategies, resources and teaching and learning approaches in full before use with students to determine suitability for student learning needs, stage of development and local school context.
  • Consider the age, maturity, cultural background, sexuality, gender, sex, health and other characteristics of students in your care.
  • Apply professional judgements to all strategies, teaching and learning approaches and resources including audiovisual materials (e.g. videos, media clips and YouTube), interactive web-based content (e.g. games, quizzes and websites) and texts.
  • Seek endorsement by the school principal before use of materials in NSW government schools.
  • Select the activities most suitable for your students.
  • Individual students within the group have differing needs and backgrounds. Modify or extend some aspects of suggested activities accordingly.
  • Consider and tailor lessons to cater for differing cultural perceptions of what should be taught at a certain age.
  • Undertake a comprehensive step by step process to assess any physical or psychological risks associated with an activity before following using a variety of teaching strategies.
  • Enable students to withdraw if they find issues personally confronting.
  • Recognise that some students may find it difficult to contribute to class discussions and may say little in group activities. Don’t assume they are not engaged in the activities but rather provide all students with the opportunity to contribute in less public ways.

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