Support materials

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

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.

Materials are provided in various formats.

  1. Teacher delivery resources. These have been written for teachers to deliver the activities in face to face learning through timetabled lessons, seminars or on camp. Teaching notes and resources are included.
  2. Student independent learning resources. These have been written for students. Teachers can provide students with access to these resources for independent learning or learning from home. They could also be used in combination with the teacher delivery resources. Resources are available in two forms:
  • Downloadable word documents for each activity which can be printed as booklets or used by students for accessing and recording their learning.
  • Online interactive activities allowing students to engage with each activity online.

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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