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Resources used in classrooms
Thursday, 21 Jul 2016

Resources used in classrooms

In NSW, teachers make judgments about the suitability of a range of resources and draw on their ongoing professional learning opportunities, beyond initial university training, to select resources to meet the needs of their students and for effective teaching and learning.

It is the expectation that teachers are skilled in presenting information to their students as contestable and that they promote the value of checking a range of sources.

It is the responsibility of schools and teachers to select appropriate texts and other resources to meet the learning needs of their students, and that reflect the values and ethos of their school and community.

For example, in implementing the new NSW Geography K–10 syllabus teachers are encouraged to use a wide range of resources, such as documentary materials, digital online resources, graphs and statistics and fieldwork visits. This approach is reflected in the support materials provided on the BOSTES website.

In the NSW Geography K–10 syllabus students are encouraged to go beyond rote learning a particular view expressed in a single resource. They are provided with opportunities to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of a range of sources. This process of critical thinking is central to geographical inquiry and is important learning for students.

For more information, contact:
Michael Charlton
Director, Media
(02) 9367 8248

PDHPE: Healthy eating
Thursday, 21 Jul 2016

PDHPE: Healthy eating

Educating children and young people about healthy eating is essential in helping them form positive habits from a young age. Enjoying a healthy diet can also be an opportunity to celebrate differences in culture in our communities and schools.

Schools play an important role in developing in young people the knowledge, skills and attitudes to make healthy dietary choices that support strong growth and development.

The mandatory PDHPE K–10 syllabus acknowledges the link between good nutrition and healthy lifestyle behaviour. Students develop skills that enable them to choose foods wisely and in an informed way.

In K-6 PDHPE, students explore:

  • balanced eating habits and the importance of adequate nutrition
  • making choices in regard to fast food
  • influences of culture and media on food choices
  • special dietary needs eg cultural and medical needs
  • how positive health choices can promote wellbeing
  • evaluating decisions.

In Years 7-10 PDHPE, students explore:

  • healthy food habits, recommended dietary guidelines for children and young people and other sources of nutritional information
  • the range of factors that influence food choices eg culture, gender and media
  • the relationship between sense of self, body image and gender
  • critical health literacy skills and health consumerism
  • diets, exercise and energy balance
  • fluid replacement strategies for participation in physical activity
  • a range of positive management strategies to support good health and wellbeing.

For more information relating to the benefits of healthy eating, visit the following websites:

Free apps available to download:

For more information, contact:
Amy Harriman
Senior Curriculum Officer, PDHPE
(02) 9367 8317


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